Air Force Blue given $25,000 debut stud fee
Air Force Blue: champion two-year-old retiring to stud in Kentucky
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos) Air Force Blue given $25,000 debut stud fee By Martin Stevens 8:58PM 7 NOV 2016
LAST year's European champion two-year-old Air Force Blue is to begin his stallion career at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky next year at a fee of $25,000.
The son of War Front was the impressive winner of the Phoenix Stakes, National Stakes and Dewhurst last year for Aidan O'Brien, but failed to make an impression in any of his four starts at three.
The other new addition to Coolmore's American roster is shuttler Vancouver, a son of Medaglia D'Oro who won the Golden Slipper in his native Australia in 2015. He is being pitched at $15,000.
Last year's Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup Classic hero American Pharoah has been switched to a private fee in his second season, having stood his first at $200,000.
Uncle Mo, who has made a dazzling start at stud with his first-crop son Nyquist landing the Kentucky Derby this year, has had his fee doubled to $150,000 in 2017.
Giant's Causeway, a former multiple champion sire in North America, has had his fee reduced by $10,000 to $75,000.
ASHFORD STUD FEES 2017
(2016 fees in brackets)
American Pharoah Private ($200,000)
Uncle Mo $150,000 ($75,000)
Giant's Causeway $75,000 ($85,000)
Declaration Of War $35,000 ($40,000)
Tale Of The Cat $30,000 ($30,000)
Air Force Blue $25,000 (NEW)
Munnings $25,000 ($25,000)
Shanghai Bobby $25,000 ($15,000)
Lookin At Lucky $17,500 ($20,000)
Verrazano $17,500 ($20,000)
Vancouver $15,000 (NEW)
Competitive Edge $10,000 ($12,500)
Stay Thirsty $10,000 ($10,000)
Fusaichi Pegasus $7,500 ($7,500)
Magician $7,500 ($10,000)