The son of Choisir who has had well-documented fertility issues will stand at $44,000 inclusive of GST after an extraordinary start to his stallion career.
With four stakes performers in Europe already and a Group-winning emerging star in Australia in the form of Of The Brave, Starspangledbanner will stand his third season at Rosemont after an aborted stud career at part-owner Coolmore on his racetrack retirement.
Skipping the 2012 season and attempting a racetrack comeback, Starspangledbanner has no yearlings on the market this year in Australia but made a big splash with his first crop 2yos this year in the Southern Hemisphere headlined by G3 Blue Diamond Prelude winner Of The Brave.
His performance in Europe has been even more dazzling with 13 individual winners from a crop of just 30 …. amongst them four stakes performers including G1 winner The Wow Signal. Already – remarkably – he looks set to become a sire of sires with The Wow Signal retired to stud duties and will shuttle to Victoria in 2015.
“He looks like he is going to be a high end stallion and the hard work getting mares in foal might pay considerable dividends,” said Anthony Mithen of Rosemont.
“He’s got about 22 live weanlings and got 38 mares in foal last spring and is going well covering mares to Northern time currently, so we think the risk versus reward balance is well reflected in his $44,000 covering fee. He is filling up super-fast with a couple of big local breeders already booking in 6 and 5 mares respectively.”
Starspangledbanner will be represented at Royal Ascot by two of his Stakes winners with Home of the Brave heading to the G1 Commonwealth Cup for a bunch of Australian owners. Meanwhile, Anthem Alexander, a brilliant winner at Ascot last year in the G2 Queen Mary Stakes will return for a crack at the same race and also holds a an entry for the July Cup. Mares in foal to Starspangledbanner recently sold in Sydney for up to $170,000.
Toorak Toff will again stand at $16,500 including GST after causing a stir with his first crop yearlings in the sale ring these past few months.
Selling up to $300,000 at Inglis Easter and $190,000 at Magic Millions January, return on investment has been extremely high for breeders punting the son of Show A Heart. The Easter colt out of Lady’s Light was the equal highest price paid for a Victorian-based first season sire this year.
The fastest G1 Golden Rose winner ever at 3, Toorak Toff was a three time 2yo winner who also trained on at 4 to win the G1 Rupert Clarke Stakes.
“The reports from the breakers and trainers that have TTs in their system have been extremely positive, with many already broken in and showing signs they want to be early 2yo runners,” Mithen said.
“It should probably come as no real surprise as he was a group winner at 2 and a G1 winner in the first month of his 3yo season. The market want good-natured, precocious athletes … I reckon that’s what we have provided with Toorak Toff.”
Averaging $90,000 at Magic Millions with seven sold and a whopping $195,000 at Inglis Easter with two sold, trainers with Toorak Toff youngsters include Gai Waterhouse, Peter Moody, Chris Waller, Joe Pride, Clint McDonald, Danny O’Brien, David Jolly and Lloyd Kennewell.
“He deserves to maintain his fee I reckon after capturing some real attention in the market. We will be happy to package something up for good breeders who have supported us so far, so I encourage breeders to call the office.”
Starcraft relocated from the Hunter Valley last season and stands in conjunction with Arrowfield and Mithen describes him as the best value stallion in Victoria.
“He is a gun this horse. He still gets regular stakes winners and proper racehorses as well as unbelievable sales results. Look at this year where one ended up going to George Moore for $300,000 out of Inglis Melbourne and another made $280,000 at the Gold Coast.”
He will stand at just $9,900 including GST (down from $11,000) with big books of 2yos and yearlings to continue his surge in results and popularity.
“It’s a very good play breeding to him this year. He has 102 2yo to represent him over the next 12 months and I get the feeling that there will be breeders that have spent $11,000 last season feeling pretty pleased with themselves after this year’s yearling results.”
For more information call Rosemont on 03 52206500 or Anthony Mithen on 0413 486767.