Dam of Chautauqua boosts Air Force Blue's shuttle book
Mating with Lovely Jubly represents a coup for freshman's Australian debut
As a champion juvenile whose second season on European soil proved so disappointing, Air Force Blue has taken wing in search of a fresh start at stud. And the announcement on Wednesday that the young sire is to be mated with the dam of Chautauqua suggests that the decision to divide his time between Kentucky and the Hunter Valley could yet turn out to be an inspired one.
Chautauqua showed dazzling acceleration to land a sixth Group 1 success in the TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick earlier this month, making his dam Lovely Jubly one of the most eligible mares available in the southern hemisphere. To have her name on his dance list, then, counts as a legitimate coup for the son of War Front as he prepares to fly out from Ashford for his debut shift in Australia.
"He was clearly an exceptionally fast, precocious horse," reasoned Edwina Throsby, whose family's Woodbury Pty Ltd. owns Lovely Jubly. "The more I read about him, the more I liked him."
Throsby added: "We are having incredible fun with Chautaqua. He is an amazing horse in so many ways. It's been a great experience with him, right from the very start. And it seems fitting that the mare will visit a Coolmore stallion in 2017 - given that the Encosta de Lago nomination, from which Chautauqua was conceived, was purchased through the bush-fire appeal Coolmore ran in 2009."
Air Force Blue, winner of three Group 1 races in a scintillating two-year-old campaign, will stand at Coolmore Australia at A$16,500.