Courage Under Fire to stand at Yirribee

Courage Under Fire has been purchased and will stand at Yirribee Pacing Stud this season.
Courage Under Fire has been purchased and will stand at Yirribee Pacing Stud this season.

Yirribee Pacing Stud has secured Courage Under Fire in a boost to NSW’s breeding ranks.

Courage Under Fire won his first 24 starts, including six Derbies as well a being multiple Grand Circuit winner with earnings of $1.5 million.

One of Australia’s best on the track, the rising 22-year-old has also made a name for himself at stud.

He’s currently fourth in the all ages sires list, in a close battle with Mach Three for third place and behind Bettors Delight and Art Major.

He’s been a regular in Australia’s top five sires for almost a decade, only missing out once in the last eight years.

Dual Inter Dominion winner Smolda is his best performed son.

Purchased by principle of the Wagga stud, Rod Woodhouse, his move is expected to be a big boost to the dwindling sires in NSW.

“We feel this will be a huge shot in the arm for NSW broodmare owners as it has been a long time since NSW has had such a high profile proven sire standing at stud,” Woodhouse said.

He will stand for the same $5500, the same fee he attracted at Alabar last season.

However the move will make his NSW-born progeny eligible for the additional $3000 Blue Bonus.

He’s also be eligible for the NSW Colonial Stallion rebate.

Courage Under Fire is the second new stallion to Yirribee for the upcoming season.

He’ll join Tintin In America in Wagga this season.

Yirribee will also stand young sires Caribbean Blaster and For A Reason as well as Lombo Pocket Watch and Million Dollar Cam.