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Posted 2024-04-12 19:31:33  
War Chant Passes

On April 11, Yarradale Stud in Australia bid farewell to a legend as War Chant, the distinguished son of Danzig, passed away at the age of 27. For over a decade, War Chant had called the Gidgegannup nursery home, leaving an indelible mark on the world of Thoroughbred breeding.

War Chant's illustrious career began in 2001 when he commenced stud duties at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky, under the ownership of Robert Clay. His journey as a stallion took him across continents, with stints in Chile and Western Australia, where he eventually found his permanent residence.

In 2011, the late Ron Sayers secured the Southern Hemisphere breeding rights for War Chant after protracted negotiations, ensuring his legacy would flourish in Australian soil for the next three years. By 2014, War Chant had firmly established himself as a stalwart of the Western Australian breeding scene.

Throughout his esteemed career, War Chant sired 46 individual stakes winners, with 12 of them making their mark in Australia. Among his notable progeny is Silent Sedition, the triumphant winner of the 2017 William Reid Stakes (G1), one of three global top-flight winners sired by War Chant.

In his later years, War Chant assumed the role of mentor, imparting his wisdom to young staff in the breeding barn. Renowned for his professional demeanor and movie-star good looks, he became the perfect teacher for the next generation of horsemen and women eager to refine their handling skills.

Reflecting on War Chant's legacy, Yarradale stud manager Davy Hanratty fondly recalls the stallion's impact on both the industry and those fortunate enough to work with him. "He had the three Ps—performance, pedigree, and physique," remarked Hanratty, emphasizing War Chant's multifaceted brilliance and the invaluable lessons he imparted.

On the track, War Chant's prowess was exemplified by his victory in the thrilling 2000 Breeders' Cup Mile (G1T) at Churchill Downs, where he triumphed by a neck and two noses in a fiercely contested battle. Out of multiple Grade 1-winning mare Hollywood Wildcat, War Chant boasted an impressive pedigree, further enhancing his standing as a sire of champions.

As the curtain falls on War Chant's remarkable journey, his legacy lives on through his progeny and the profound impact he had on the racing world. While he may have departed this world, his name will forever be etched in the annals of Thoroughbred history, a testament to his enduring influence and enduring spirit. 

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