06/10/2014 11:32AM

Warning Flag, son of War Front, to stud in New Zealand


Warning Flag, a stakes winner in Ireland and Hong Kong, will retire to stud for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season at Highview Stud in New Zealand, Racing Post reports.

The 6-year-old son of War Front will stand for an advertised fee of $4,257 ($5,000 New Zealand). He joins Declaration of War, War Command, and The Factor among the sons of the leading U.S. stallion to announce plans to stand in Australia or New Zealand.

Bred in Kentucky by the Good Vibes Syndicate, Warning Flag began his racing career in Ireland for the Coolmore partnership and trainer David Wachman, winning the listed Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Star Appeal Stakes and finishing second in the Group 3 Killavullan Stakes.

He was sent to Hong Kong the following year, where he competed under the name Sweet Orange for owner Tong Wang Chow and trainer David Ferraris. His biggest victory came in the Hong Kong Classic Mile, a Group 1 in the Asian city-state.

Warning Flag has won four of 17 career starts for earnings of $1,404,437.

His dam, the winning Unbridled’s Song mare Good Vibes, has produced five winners from eight foals to race, also including stakes-placed Feel the Moment. Warning Flag is from the family of Grade 2 winner Fleet Velvet and Grade 3 winners Assert Oneself and Cliveden.