First for Air Force
The well bred and talented Royal Air Force has made a bright start to his stud career, and was represented by his first winner at Kenilworth on Monday.
The speedy filly Chanel Five had done nothing wrong in her first two outings, and showed plenty of speed to blitz her rivals by three and a half lengths.
Royal Air Force is an imposing looking son of the great Jet Master, the latter having headed the South African general sires list six times previously. Jet Master, sire of 47 stakes winners and 18 Gr1 winners, is once again heading the sires list, and Royal Air Force has strong claims to being one of his sire’s best bred sons at stud.
A half-brother to champion filly and J&B Met winner Imperious Sue, Royal Air Force is out of the Royal Prerogative mare Regal Blue. A G1 placed winner of four races, Regal Blue (a full sister to Majorca Stakes winner Wild Hyacinth) is also the dam of stakes winner City State, while her daughter Hidcote Blue is the dam of top-class juvenile Hidden Beauty. This is a top-class female line whose members include UAE Horse of the Year Victory Moon, whose 7 wins included the UAE 2000 Guineas, and who also ran third in the Gr1 Dubai World Cup.
Victory Moon also enjoyed plenty of success in a brief stud career. Among his top performers are champion filly Princess Victoria, the above mentioned Hidden Beauty, and top-class international performer Nocturnal Affair.
A top-class performer on the track, Royal Air Force won four races from 1000m-2000m. His biggest victory came in the Gr2 Astrapak 1900 of 2007 , where he defeated G1 winners Our Giant, Equal Image and Major Bluff.
Unfortunately, an injury ended the big stallion’s career, and he was duly retired to stud. While represented by a small first crop, Royal Air Force’s progeny have attracted plenty of praise from many shrewd judges, and he could be a sire to follow.
He stands at Sorrento Stud.