As a Racehorse, Courage Under Fire was legendary.
1:54.2 - $1,485,629. Brown Horse foaled 1995. 14.3 Hands
At stud, Courage Under Fire has proven to be a remarkable sire of classic winning juveniles that have the ability to progress through to Cup class.
He is one of the very best stallions standing at stud in the Southern Hemisphere.
A tremendous sire on both sides of the Tasman – Classic juveniles that progress on to Cup class.
The sire of over 80 individual $100,000 earners to date.
Consistently ranks amongst the leading sires in both Australia and NZ.
In 2014/15 the sire of 25 2yo winners (second to Art Major) incl Dont Hold Back 1:53.7, Whirily School 1:58.4, Dancing With Miley 1:56, Thebattlejusbegun 1:56.6, etc.
Courage Under Fire, like most Direct Scooter line stallions, has crossed extremely well with Falcon Seelster mares leaving such horses as Pembrook Benny, Franco Jamar, Motu Crusader and Talk To Me Courage.
So any Falcon Seelster or Falcon Seelster line mares (such as McArdle, Elsu, Million To One, Ultimate Falcon, etc) could be well suited for Courage Under Fire.
Most Happy Fella line mares, particularly by New York York Motoring and Road Machine, have achieved some very good results when mated with Courage Under Fire. Horses by Courage Under Fire out Most Happy Fella mares include Lanercost (New York Motoring mare), Eye Catcher Courage (Road Machine mare), Gilt Bromac (Present Laughter mare), Arctic Fire (Smooth Fella mare), Queen Of Fire (Whats Next mare), Tooth Under Fire (Troublemaker mare), etc.
The Direct Scooter line / Cam Fella line cross has proven very successful in Australia and New Zealand and Courage Under Fire's Hunter Cup winner Choise Achiever is bred on this cross as well as Derby winner Glengowan (out of a Presidential Ball mare).
Cam Fella line stallions include Fake Left, Armbro Operative, Bettors Delight, Presidential Ball, Precious Bunny, Pacific Fella, Camtastic, Cameleon, Brioso Hanover, Exotic Earl, etc.
Courage Under Fire has also left very good horses out of Meadow Skipper line mares like Erics Legend (Paulsboro mare), Courageous Annie (Rashad mare), Eastwood Fire (Nero's BB mare), etc.
Interestingly Courage Under Fire has shown a real affinity with Paysons Brother mares leaving Courage To Rule, Pablito and Rowan Direct from a small number of foals.
Courage Under Fire has also been productive with Caprock mares leaving Glenferrie Alexis and Cromac Johnny.
Then of course Courage Under Fire's current star Smolda is out of a Safely Kept mare.
So it appears that No Nukes line mares (by the likes of Safely Kept, Village Jasper, Live Or Die, American Ideal, Badlands Hanover, Western Terror, Jeremes Jet, Ticket To Heaven, Barnett Hanover, Union Guy, Kinney Hanover, Northern Lights, etc.) could be well suited to Courage Under Fire.
When bred to Walton Hanover mares, Courage Under Fire has sired two Group One winners in Lancome and Itsallaboutnicole.
While Courage Under Fire's best performer, Sleepy Tripp (Fitch II mare) is out of an Abercrombie line mare, as is Im Full Of Fire (Greener Pastures mare).
Smolda by Courage Under Fire wins the 2016 TABtouch Inter Dominion Grand Final