South Africa lost a hugely exciting stallion prospect today when Lancaster Bomber died suddenly at Drakenstein Stud on Tuesday.
The striking bay was just seven years old at the time of his passing. Drakenstein said of their War Front horse, “He was a young stallion with a bright future, and we are very sad that we will not see the best of him. He was always a character to work with and had a lovely temperament, he was liked by all in the stallion barn.”
Lancaster Bomber was a top-class racehorse who finished first or second in no fewer than six Grade/Group 1 races.
He scored the biggest win of his career when downing G1 Investec Coronation Cup winner Defoe to win the 2018 G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup.
Lancaster Bomber, who also finished runner up in all of the G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile, G1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile, G1 St James’s Palace Stakes, G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, and G1 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes, accounted for some outstanding performers during his racing career.
Among the international luminaries beaten by Lancaster Bomber were the likes of G1 winners Blue Point, Channel Maker, Churchill, Mondialiste, Ribchester, Roly Poly,and Thunder Snow.
One of nearly 100 stakes winners sired leading US stallion War Front, Lancaster Bomber was one of three group winners produced by the Indian Ridge mare Sun Shower.
The latter, whose granddam was Irish 1000 Guineas/Yorkshire Oaks heroine Sarah Siddons, is also responsible for triple G1 winner Excelebration (whose son Barney Roy accounted for Lancaster Bomber when the pair ran first and second in the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes), and dual G3 Earl Of Sefton Stakes winner Mull Of Killough.
Retired to South Africa in 2019, Lancaster Bomber’s first local yearlings will go on sale next year.