Royal Air Force takes off
Sorrento Stud’s resident stallion Royal Air Force has not received the best of chances during his brief stud career thus far.
Nonetheless, the big son of champion sire Jet Master is making a positive impression with his small first crops -despite his lack of opportunities.
Royal Air Force’s first crop included just 12 foals – all of whom reached the track. These 12 runners included six horses who won or placed, including the classy stakes performer Petty Officer.
The stallion’s second crop, now three years old, included just eight runners. However, to date, half of his runners have won or placed – and they include the feature race contender Riff Raff.
Considering that Royal Air Force himself took time to come to hand, and that his offspring should only improve with time and age, he has made a commendable start to his stud career – despite lacking the opportunities most stallions receive. One can only wonder what may have been had the stallion received bigger books of mares.
Royal Air Force was a top class and versatile racehorse, who won from 1000-2000m. He won or placed in seven of his first eight outings, and scored a memorable victory in the Gr2 Astrapak 1900 of 2007, where Royal Air Force accounted for the likes of Grade 1 winners Equal Image, Major Bluff and Our Giant as well as millionaire Fork Lightning, and the brilliant filly Escapology.
A son of seven times champion sire Jet Master (whose offspring include 21 individual Grade 1 winners), Royal Air Force is a half brother to champion and former Gr1 J&B Met winner Imperious Sue.
He has some cracking foals on the ground this year, including this feisty colt out of Jade Tiger, and this well grown colt out of the now 20 year old Faithful Spirit.
If these foals are anything to go by, the best could well be yet to come for Royal Air Force.