While careful not to get carried away, Rosemont Stud have taken an important step in the right direction with resurrected gun stallion Starspangledbanner.
With a mix of nervous anticipation, Rosemont senior reproductive vet Claire Brown confirmed this morning that the first mare served by Starspangledbanner on September 1 has tested in foal to the champion Australian and European sprinter.
Still a partnership between Coolmore and Rosemont, Starspangledbanner’s first stint at stud led to disappointing results, with only one in three mares covered falling pregnant, both here and when shuttling to Ireland. The decision was made to send the 4-time Group One winning sprinter back to the track. After some moderate performances, Coolmore again retired the stunning chestnut earlier this year and Rosemont as partner took up the challenge of managing a second attempt at stud.
“We are very pleased to announce that Rubiton mare Miley, owned by Rosemont, has tested positive to Starspangledbanner after this morning’s vet work,” said Rosemont vet Claire Brown.
“We look forward to more positive results in the coming days and weeks and hopefully our carefully managed regime and well considered supplements program for Star proves to be a success,”
Rosemont have taken limited bookings for Starspangledbanner this season, with a select group of 50 mares in his managed book for 2013.
“We are very careful about not going the early crow, but its just great that we can confirm what we’ve known all along … he does get them in foal, and if we boutique manage him, hopefully we can get his fertility rate right up there,” said Anthony Mithen of Rosemont.
Miley is a full sister to Group Two winner Truly Wicked who in turn is the dam of last year’s champion Hong Kong 2yo Amber Sky.