Danzig (by Northern Dancer) was one of the world's greatest stallions and there are two major branches of his line dominant in Europe, those forged by Danehill and Green Desert.
It is too early yet to know a third one might develop from among his final sons to go to stud, but with an ever-growing list of pattern winners on both sides of the Atlantic, and with his initial stallion sons including The Factor - one of four current freshman sires with a Group/Grade 1 winner to their name so far, in Europe or the USA, in 2016 (the others are Gemologist, Helmet, and Union Rags) - there is a chance that War Front could achieve that feat.
War Command was among his early racing stars in Europe and the Timeform 120p-rated juvenile star was one of the most popular new stallions last year, covering 152 mares at Coolmore Stud.
He made a winning debut over seven furlongs at Leopardstown in early June, took the Group 2 Coventry Stakes by six lengths, added a three-length score in the Group 2 Futurity Stakes and rounded off the year with defeat of Cable Bay in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes. His only defeat that year was a shock third-place finish to Sudirman in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes.
War Command ran only three times as a three-year-old, earning a Timeform rating of 119 despite not making the frame in any of those appearances. His best placing was fourth behind Kingman in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes at Ascot, in which he was beaten by three and three-quarter lengths.
A half-brother to the Group 3 Prix de Conde scorer Naval Officer (by Tale of The Cat), War Command is the best of nine winners out of the Grade 2 E P Taylor Stakes scorer Wandering Star (by Red Ransom), a full-sister to the dam of New Zealand's 2011/12 juvenile champion and subsequent classic star Rollout The Carpet (by Holy Roman Emperor).
His grandam, Beautiful Bedouin (by His Majesty), was an unraced daughter of the Prix Jacques le Marois heroine Gris Vitesse (by Americo) and that made her a half-sister to the dual Derby-placed pattern scorer and leading sire Silver Hawk (by Roberto).
Having a successful stallion in the family augurs well for War Command's prospects, especially when that classic sire is somewhat closely related to his dam, Wandering Star, and, of course, this is added to the attraction of him being a Group 1-winner by a leading son of Danzig.
War Command looks like a leading candidate for 2018's champion freshman sire title race and, if he lives up to the promise of his pedigree, he could become a source of classic and other top performers at around eight to 10 furlongs.
WAR COMMAND (USA) – b.2011 – War Front – Wandering Star, 4 wins inc Dewhurst Stakes (Gr1), Futurity Stakes (Gr2), Coventry Stakes (Gr2), 3rd Phoenix Stakes (Gr1). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
bf – Acts Out Loud (by Mr Greeley) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Aguinaga (by Machiavellian) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bc - Alland (by Teofilo) Tattersalls Nov 55,000gns
bc – Amor Fatal (by Kheleyf) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Amzara (by Montjeu) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bf – Areeda (by Refuse To Bend) Tattersalls Nov 100,000gns
bf – Art Fair (by Alzao) Goffs Nov €9,000
bc – Asgardella (by Duke of Marmalade) Tattersalls Nov 22,000gns
bf – Boundless Joy (by Montjeu) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bc – Celestial Dream (by Oasis Dream) Goffs Nov €26,000
grf – China In My Hands (by Dark Angel) Goffs Nov €9,000
bf – Corps de Ballet (by Fasliyev) Tattersalls Nov 12,000gns
bf – Darsan (by Iffraaj) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Deora De (by Night Shift) Goffs Nov €10,000
bc – Dialma (by Songandaprayer) Tattersalls Nov 11,000gns
bc – Divine Grace (by Definite Article) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
bc – Divisme (by Elusive Quality) Tattersalls Nov 50,000gns
bc – Emeralds Spirit (by Rock of Gibraltar) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc - Fabulouslyspirited (by Selkirk) Arqana Dec €16,000
bc – Final Opinion (by King's Theatre) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Flying Finish (by Priolo) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Folle Blanche (by Elusive Quality) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bf – Foreplay (by Lujain) Goffs Nov €18,500
grc – Glowing Star (by Clodovil) Goffs Nov €32,000
bc – Glympse (by Spectrum) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bc – Gold Bubbles (by Street Cry) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bf – Hazarista (by Barathea) Goffs Nov €20,000
bf – Highindi (by Montjeu) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Icing (by Polar Falcon) Tattersalls Nov 10,500gns
bf – Intapeace (by Intikhab) Goffs Nov €32,000
bc - Kotdiji (by Mtoto) Tattersalls Nov 32,000gns
bc – Laka (by Oasis Dream) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bf – Lisselan Diva (by Barathea) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bf – Mad About The Girl (by Excellent Art) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Megaspiel (by Singspiel) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
bc – Miss Crystal (by Montjeu) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bf – Mubkera (by Nashwan) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bc – Natural Choice (by Teofilo) Tattersalls Nov 15,500gns
bc – New Plays (by Oratorio) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Pearl Magic (by Speightstown) Tattersalls Nov 42,000gns
bf – Pina Colada (by Sabrehill) Goffs Nov €30,000
bc – Shalamzara (by Tiger Hill) Goffs Nov €5,000
bf – Silkenveil (by Indian Ridge) Tattersalls Nov (p/s) 13,000gns
bf - Skysweeper (by Hurricane Run) Arqana Dec €5,000
bc – Spanish Sun (by El Prado) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bf – Starlight Princess (by Mastercraftsman) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Todber (by Cape Cross) Tattersalls Nov 30,000gns
bf - Tohaveandtohold (by Pivotal) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bf – Xarzee (by Xaar) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Zeyran (by Galileo) Tattersalls Nov not sold