The magnificent international sprinting sensation Starspangledbanner is returning to where it all began to continue his stud career.
A four time Group One winner, Starspangledbanner will stand in season 2013 at Rosemont Stud Gnarwarre, the farm where it all started for him.
Foaled and raised on the river flats and hills of the farm, his life journey has been extraordinary.
Winning the race now named in his honour, the Inglis Banner on Cox Plate day at his first outing, he went on to be the best sprinter/miler of his generation winning the Caulfield Guineas in devastating fashion and then taking on the best sprinters in the land to win the G1 Oakleigh Plate.
Then the subject of a lucrative sale to international breeding giant Coolmore, Starspangledbanner headed to Ireland to be trained by Aidan O’Brien to compete in the rich and prestigious international sprints. He was to go on and conquer the world.
Winning the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot, he proved unstoppable in the English summer going on and creaming the world in the July Cup to be crowned Europe’s top sprinter.
At this time, Rosemont Stud invested in the horse for his stud career as a minor shareholder. As a young stallion with a big book of mares, Starspangledbanner struggled with fertility issues but still managed to get around 1 out of 3 mares in foal in a season in both hemispheres.
The 60 foals produced from those covers have had tongues wagging in both hemispheres and proved that, if fertile, he was to be a stallion of significant importance in the years to come.
However, it was then agreed by Coolmore and Rosemont to return to the track to let him mature and see if time and medical research could help his fertility plight. But as is quite often the case with horses that have lived the life of a stallion, his interest in racing never returned and his retirement will come as no surprise, despite still be able to place last season in a Group 3 race in Ireland.
It has been agreed between Coolmore and Rosemont that it is most appropriate that Starspangledbanner return to the stud he was born to stand alongside multiple G1 winner Toorak Toff for another tilt at breeding success.
With a more mature horse and some break throughs in fertility research, Rosemont principal Anthony Mithen said the star sprinter is well worth the effort.
“We will be trying some new fertility techniques that weren’t available when Star last stood at stud. He is a little older and more mature and we take some real heart from the job that was done on Foreplay,” Mithen said.
“Our bloodstock manager Dean Harvey oversaw the transformation of Foreplay from a sub-fertile stallion to a real commercial option, now batting at close to 80% fertility. Stem cell treatment really helped and from what we understand, Starspangledbanner and Foreplay’s areas of concern are very similar,” he said.
Mithen explained that the son of Choisir’s book will be restricted to give every mare the very best chance of going in foal.
“Coolmore have been great through this process and we are looking forward to working with Starspangledbanner and giving Victorian breeders a world class breeding option, along with Toorak Toff and Danzero.”
While he stood for $44,000 first time around, Starspangledbanner’s fee is yet to be determined as Rosemont are seeking applications only. However, it is understood that it will be considerably less than first time around.
For an application or any more information, please ring Anthony on 0413486767.