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Sire: Declaration of War

Dam: Theatre Buff

Colour: Bay

Gender: Colt

Age: 3 year old

Foaled: Nov 15th, 2016

Country: New Zealand


J R Mugavin, P J Grimsey, Mrs D F Grimsey, M J Bracchi, Mrs E M Bracchi, J Kovacevic, K W Franklin, D W Franklin, S J McCreesh, A C Law, P J Thompson, W P Belt, Mrs G Belt, C Manakis, D T Barr & M A Law

Career Record: 2-0-0-0

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Horse Description:

Ellerton Zahra Racing has gone back to a proven formula for success and purchased a half-brother to stable star ODEON.

ODEON’s abundant talent would need no introduction to Ellerton Zahra Racing’s followers after the outstanding third at Group 1 level as a three-year-old before he proved himself up to Australia best weight-for-age performers when two lengths from a win in the $2 million Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington.

ODEON, by ZACINTO, will be back for another profitable autumn campaign, in which he will be out to enhance an already terrific record of six wins, including a stakes victory, from 17 starts and build on his impressive prizemoney tally, which stands at the $425,000 mark.

With ODEON shooting out the lights for Ellerton Zahra Racing, it made sense for trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra to attempt to secure his sibling and managed to secure the latest son of the THEATRICAL mare Theatre Buff by form European star DECLARATION OF WAR.

DECLARATION OF WAR, a son of WAR FRONT, posted seven wins, two at Group 1 level and finished third when taking on the best horses in the world in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in the US at his final start.

DECLARATION OF WAR’s oldest Australian progeny are two-year-olds but he has already had a winner in Victoria with his son Declarationofheart scoring on debut at Geelong in January while the sire’s daughter ACTRESS was a Group 3 winner and Group 1-placed as a two-year-old in Ireland last season.

Purchased for $300,000 nzd at Karaka 2018 - click





Foaled 15th November 2016

SireWar FrontDanzigNorthern Dancer
DECLARATION OF WAR (USA) Starry DreamerRubiano
2009Tempo WestRahyBlushing Groom
  TempoGone West
DamTheatricalNureyevNorthern Dancer
THEATRE BUFF (USA) Tree of KnowledgeSassafras
2003If Angels SangSeattle SlewBold Reasoning
  Chapel of DreamsNorthern Dancer

DECLARATION OF WAR (USA) (Bay 2009-Stud Ire. 2014, Aust. 2014). 7 wins-2 at 2, Royal Ascot Queen Anne S., Gr.1. Half-brother to SW War Correspondent. Sire of 211 rnrs, 96 wnrs, 10 SW, inc. Olmedo (Longchamp Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Gr.1), Actress, Opry, Speed Franco, Uncle Benny, Assiro, Eirene, Full Moon, etc. His oldest Aust.-bred progeny are 3YOs and inc SW Vow and Declare (VRC TCL TV S., L), SP Weaponry and of Declarationofheart, Declares War, Vigor Winner, Winning Ways, etc.


1st dam

THEATRE BUFF, by Theatrical. Winner at 2400m in France. Sister to Just Pray (dam of OLYMPIC FLUKE), three-quarter-sister to Childish (dam of CHOCOLOCA), half-sister to TALE OF A CHAMPION, ILUSORA, MR. ROARY, Bandua. This is her fifth live foal. Dam of three foals to race, two winners, inc:-

ODEON (g. by Zacinto). 6 wins from 1400m to 2000m, A$559,085, to 2017-18, VRC James Boag's Premium S., L, Mornington Guineas, MRC Thebigscreencompany.com H., Sky High Mt Dandenong H., 2d MRC Easter Cup, Gr.3, SAJC Port Adelaide Guineas, L, VRC Murray Cox 2YO H., 3d South Australian Derby, Gr.1, MRC Naturalism S., Gr.3, VRC Damian Cubela H., MVRC MSC Signs H., 4th VRC Blamey S., Gr.2, UCI S., L.

O'Carol (f. by Rip Van Winkle). 3 wins at 1600m to 2017-18, Counties RC NZB Insurance Pearl Series H., 2d Matamata RC Comag Ltd H., 3d Waikato RC Goldsmith's Gallery H.


2nd dam

IF ANGELS SANG, by Seattle Slew. 4 wins at 8½f, 9½f, Saratoga Allowance, Gulfstream Park Allowance. Half-sister to Seeking the Dream, Bridal Tea (dam of POSTPONED, BRIDESMAID), Wiener Wald (dam of CROWDED HOUSE, ON REFLECTION), Child Bride (dam of JUNIPER PASS). Dam of 13 foals, 10 to race, 7 winners, inc:-

TALE OF A CHAMPION (Tale of the Cat). 6 wins from 5f to 1¼m, US$271,193, Hollywood Park Charles Whittingham Memorial H., Gr.2, Calder Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint S., L, Santa Anita March Madness Starter H., 2d Santa Anita Super Bowl Party Starter H., 3d Santa Anita Joe Hernandez H., L.

ILUSORA (Tale of the Cat). 5 wins at 1400m, 1600m in Argentina, Palermo Clasico Ricardo P Sauze, Gr.3, Clasico Ines Victorica Roca, Gr.3.

MR. ROARY (Scat Daddy). 4 wins from 6½f to 1¼m, US$249,730, Santa Anita Eddie D S., Gr.3, Rainbow S., L, 3d Del Mar Eddie Read S., Gr.2, 4th Santa Anita Singletary S., L.

Bandua (The Factor). 2 wins at 1¼m, 10¼f in 2018 in Ireland, 3d Arlington Park Secretariat S., Gr.1, 4th Kentucky Downs Dueling Grounds Derby, L.

Just Pray. Placed at 3 in U.S.A. Dam of-

OLYMPIC FLUKE (Manduro). 7 wins from 1600m to 2400m in Brazil, Cidade Jardim G.P. Enio Buffolo, Gr.3, 2d Cidade Jardim Classico Presidente Rafael A Paes de Barros, L, 3d Cidade Jardim G.P. Copa Dos Campeoes, Gr.2, G.P. 14 de Marco, Gr.3, G.P. Enio Buffolo, Gr.3, 4th Cidade Jardim G.P. ABCPCC Matias Machline, Gr.1, G.P. Ministro da Agricultura, Gr.2.


3rd dam

CHAPEL OF DREAMS, by Northern Dancer. 7 wins from 1m to 9f, US$643,912, Hollywood Park Wilshire H., Gr.2, Del Mar Palomar H., Gr.2, Golden Gate Golden Poppy H., Gr.3, Laurel First National Bank of Maryland Ladies H., L, Calder Breeders' Cup H., L, 2d Del Mar Ramona H., Gr.1, Hollywood Park Gamely H., Gr.1, Del Mar Oaks, Gr.2, Del Mar San Clemente S., L, Laurel All Along S., L, 3d Hollywood Park Beverly Hills H., Gr.1, Gulfstream Park Suwannee River H., Gr.3, Pimlico First National Bank of Maryland Ladies S., L. Three-quarter-sister to STORM CAT, Lyphard's Dancer (dam of C'MON LETS DANCE). Dam of 10 foals, 7 to race, 6 winners, inc:-

Seeking the Dream (Seeking the Gold). 6 wins from 6f to 8½f, Gulfstream Park Allowance, 3d Ellis Park Kentuckiana S., L.

Bridal Tea. Winner at 6f in U.S.A. Dam of-

POSTPONED (Summer Squall). 4 wins-1 at 2-from 7f to 9f, US$312,332, Belmont Peter Pan S., Gr.2, Allowance, Gulfstream Park Allowance, 4th Saratoga Jim Dandy S., Gr.2, Aqueduct Westchester H., Gr.3. Sire.

BRIDESMAID (Valid Expectations). 2 wins at 2, Lone Star Park TTA Sales Futurity (f), L, 2d Lone Star Park Texas Stallion S. (2YOf), L, Retama Park Darby's Daughter Texas Stallion S., L, 3d Lone Star Park Silver Spur S., L. Producer.

Tea for Two (Valid Expectations). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 6f, 3d Sam Houston Park Two Altazano S., L, Bara Lass S., L, 4th Lone Star Park Texas Stallion S. (3YOf), L, Retama Park Darby's Daughter Texas Stallion S., L.

Pardonmecomingthru (Chatain). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 4½f, 6f, 2d Lone Star Park TTA Sales Futurity (f), L.

Wiener Wald. Unplaced. Dam of-

CROWDED HOUSE (Rainbow Quest). Third on The 2008 European 2YO Free H. 2 wins at 2, £346,855, US$276,176, 294,400Dhs, Doncaster Racing Post Trophy, Gr.1, 2d Del Mar Pacific Classic S., Gr.1, Meydan Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 S., Gr.3, Al Rashidiya S., L, Newmarket Tattersalls Timeform Million 2YO S., 4th Woodbine Mile S., Gr.1, Del Mar Eddie Read S., Gr.1, Sandown Gordon Richards S., Gr.3. Sire.

ON REFLECTION (Rainbow Quest). 4 wins-1 at 2-from 1600m to 2300m, €99,525, 44,270fr., Marseille-Vivaux Grand Prix Gaston Defferre, L, 2d Grand Prix de Compiegne, L, 3d Vichy Prix Berteux, Gr.3, 4th Saint-Cloud Prix du Lion d'Angers, L, Toulouse Le Vase d'Argent, L. Sire.

Wiener Valkyrie (Shamardal). Winner at 2, 2d Belmont Athenia S., Gr.3, Haydock Dick Hern S., L.

Forest Crown (Royal Applause). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 6f, 8½f, 2d Goodwood Freephone H., 3d Lingfield Fleur de Lys S., L, Bath Dick Hern S., L, 4th Meydan Balanchine S., Gr.2. Producer.

Riotous Applause (Royal Applause). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 6f, 3d Haydock Cecil Frail S., L, 4th Hamilton Flower of Scotland S., L. Dam of-

INVINCIBLE WARRIOR - ABLE WARRIOR (H.K.) (Invincible Spirit). 4 wins-2 at 2-at 1200m, Doncaster S., L, HKJC Chamber of Commerce Cup, Po Leung Kuk Centenary Cup.

Vienna Affair. Placed at 3 in GB. Dam of-

DARING DANCER (Empire Maker). 4 wins-2 at 2-from 5½f to 8½f, US$235,800, Saratoga Lake George S., Gr.2, Keeneland Appalachian S., Gr.3, Churchill Downs Allowance.

HAMP (Sky Mesa). 4 wins-2 at 2-at 5½f, 1m, US$201,169, Pimlico Henry S Clark S., L, 2d Churchill Downs River City H., Gr.3, 3d Laurel Marylander S., L, Japan Racing Association S., L.

Argent du Bois. Placed at 2 in France. Dam of-

BRANDO (Pivotal). 8 wins to 1300m, £656,971, €244,732, to 2018, Deauville Prix Maurice de Gheest, Gr.1, Sandown Sprint S., Gr.3, Newmarket Abernant S., Gr.3-twice, Ayr Gold Cup, Newmarket Turftv H., Haydock Godfather Travellers H., 2d Newmarket July Cup, Gr.1, Haydock Sprint Cup, Gr.1, York Duke of York S., Gr.2, Curragh Sapphire S., Gr.2, 3d Ascot British Champions Sprint S., Gr.1, Newmarket July Cup, Gr.1, 4th Ascot British Champions Sprint S., Gr.1, Curragh Greenlands S., Gr.2.

TICKER TAPE (Royal Applause). 8 wins-2 at 2-from 6½f to 1¼m, £54,230, US$1,364,045 in GB and U.S.A, Hollywood Park American Oaks, Gr.1, Keeneland Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, Gr.1, Arlington Park Pucker Up S., Gr.3, Santa Anita Providencia S., L, China Doll S., L, 2d Del Mar Oaks, Gr.1, Santa Anita San Gorgonio H., Gr.2, Hollywood Park Royal Heroine S., Gr.3, Senorita S., Gr.3, Miesque S., Gr.3, Wilshire H., Gr.3, 3d Hollywood Park Matriarch S., Gr.1, Del Mar Palomar H., Gr.2, Calder My Charmer H., Gr.3. Dam of-

Royal Decree. Raced twice. Dam of-

WAR DECREE (War Front). 3 wins-2 at 2-at 7f, 10¾f, £158,305, €90,218, Goodwood Vintage S., Gr.2, Dundalk Diamond S., Gr.3, Leopardstown Irish Stallion Farms 2YO S., 2d Newmarket Superlative S., Gr.2, Chester Huxley S., Gr.2.

Sant Elena (Efisio). 3 wins-1 at 2-at 6f, 1m in GB and Canada, 2d Woodbine Flaming Page S., L. Dam of-

RECKLESS ABANDON (Exchange Rate). Joint Champion 2YO Colt in France in 2012. Champion 3YO Sprinter in Europe & GB in 2013. 5 wins at 2, £162,868, €284,100, Deauville Prix Morny, Gr.1, Newmarket Middle Park S., Gr.1, Royal Ascot Norfolk S., Gr.2, Maisons-Laffitte Prix Robert Papin, Gr.2, 2d Doncaster Scarbrough S., L, 3d Haydock Temple S., Gr.2, Newmarket Hopeful S., L. Sire.

BEST APPROACH (New Approach). 3 wins-1 at 2-from 2000m to 2400m, 91,217,000¥, to 2018, Tokyo Metropolitan S., L, Hanshin Amagasaki S., 2d Tokyo TV Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho, Gr.2, 3d Kyoto Radio Nikkei Hai Kyoto Nisai S., Gr.3.

Child Bride. Unraced. Dam of-

JUNIPER PASS (Lemon Drop Kid). 4 wins from 9½f to 1¾m, US$380,131, Santa Anita San Juan Capistrano H., Gr.2, San Luis Rey S., Gr.2, 2d Fresno Bull Dog H., L, 3d Hollywood Derby, Gr.1, Fairplex Ralph M Hinds H., L, 4th Hollywood Park Charles Whittingham Memorial H., Gr.1, Santa Anita San Gabriel S., Gr.2, Breeders' Cup Marathon S., Gr.2, Hollywood Park Sunset H., Gr.3.

Charming Kid (Charm Spirit). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 5f, 6f to 2019, York British Stallion Studs 2YO S., 3d Newmarket July S., Gr.2, Kempton 32red S.

Childish. 4 wins to 1400m in Argentina. Dam of-

CHOCOLOCA (Grand Reward). 5 wins-1 at 2-at 1100m, 1200m in Argentina, San Isidro Clasico Francia, L, 2d Palermo Clasico Kasteel, 3d San Isidro Clasico Etoile, L, 4th Palermo Clasico Saturnino J Unzue, Gr.2.