Lancaster Bomber, the G1-winning son of War Front who was famous for his extravagant front-running style, has been retired to the National Stud in Newmarket. He will be managed by the Avenue Bloodstock team of John Ferguson, Mark McStay and Amy Lanigan. Lancaster Bomber will stand at a fee of £8,500 Oct 1, SLF. Lifetime breeding rights will also be sold.
The winner of his maiden in August at two, Lancaster Bomber went on to be runner-up in the Dewhurst, two Breeders’ Cups, and the fastest-ever running of the St James’s Palace Stakes, before his G1 victory at the Curragh in the Tattersalls Gold Cup took his earnings well over the million-pound mark.
His battling second-place finish behind Churchill at Newmarket at two – fending off Blue Point and Thunder Snow – came in a time faster than 39 of the Dewhurst’s runnings as a G1 contest – while his run in the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes came in a time fast enough to have won all the other 184 runnings of the Royal Ascot showpiece. He was also a close-up fourth in the 2,000 Guineas. Among the others he defeated were Churchill, Ribchester and Limato.
Lancaster Bomber’s race record stands comparison with that of his sire, War Front, a G2 winner at four who was runner-up in five more Graded Stakes, two of them G1s.
War Front, who retired to stud at $12,500, has gone on to become one of the world’s most prepotent stallions of the day, now commanding a fee of $250,000. He is America’s leading auction sire with a 2018 yearling average of $783,000 and his offspring have won the Middle Park and Cheveley Park Stakes, three of the past five Dewhursts, the July Cup, the Queen Anne and the Juddmonte International. War Front’s first European-raced stallion son, Declaration Of War, has sired the French 2,000 Guineas winner in his debut crop.
Lancaster Bomber, whose pedigree is free of Danehill and Sadler’s Wells, is out of the excellent Indian Ridge mare Sun Shower, also dam of Barney Roy’s sire Excelebration. This is the deep Ardenode family of Irish Classic winners Sarah Siddons, Princess Pati and Ragusa.
Coolmore’s MV Magnier said, ‘Lancaster Bomber has always been held in very high regard by Aidan and the team at Ballydoyle. We have placed a lot of faith in his sire War Front, and thankfully it is being rewarded. We have retained some breeding rights in Lancaster Bomber and feel that his retirement to the National Stud in Newmarket affords him an excellent opportunity to make an impact as a stallion.’