Irish Champion Pathfork, who has been standing at Sandown Stud this season, has a very exciting two-year-old half-brother in the form of War Of Will.
The latter, a colt by War Front, demolished his rivals when romping home to shed his maiden by five lengths at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
Sent off the 2-1 favourite for a maiden special weight over a mile and a sixteenth, the colt was content to stalk a reasonable early pace before War of Will collared Locally Owned exiting the backstretch. Ready to leave his rivals behind straightening for home, War of Will turned on all boosters late,crossing the wire five lengths ahead of Locally Owned.
Trained by Mark Casse, War Of Will had previously been runner up in the G1 Summer Stakes, when beaten under a length, and fourth in the G3 Bourbon Stakes before finishing fifth in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at his previous outing.
Saturday’s impressive winner was produced by Sadler’s Wells’ Listed Prix de Bagatelle winning daughter Visions Of Clarity, who is also dam of short-lived Birdstone Stakes winner Tacticus and champion Pathfork.
Visions Of Clarity herself is out of G1 Cheveley Park Stakes runner up Imperfect Circle (dam of Breeders’ Cup winner Spinning World), herself a daughter of G1 Phoenix Stakes winner Aviance.
This is the same family as 2018 Irish 2000 Guineas winner Romanised, as well as champions and successful sires Redoute’s Choice, El Gran Senor and Northern Guest.
Another member of this family is Sunday’s G1 Japan Cup winner Almond Eye -who traces back in female line to Best In Show -the fifth dam of Pathfork.
Pathfork, whose unbeaten winning streak at two included the 2008 G1 boylesports.com Vincent O’Brien National Stakes and G2 Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes, has been enjoying another good run of success.
The son of champion US sire Distorted Humor’s recent winners include Guineas Plate winner Madame Speaker as well as the winners Sekushi Girl, Wild Path, Via Sacra, and the talented Mr Flood (another son of Pathfork, Zeb, was third in Friday’s November Stakes).