UK Racing Post have reported Starspangledbanner’s Australian season of covering to Northern Hemisphere time has proven successful with 16 mares in foal to the fertility challenged, but highly successful sire.
Starspangledbanner was originally going to return to Coolmore Ireland for the 2015 NH season, but a bout of colic ruled him out of the trip with Rosemont Stud electing to cover mares here to Northern Hemisphere time at a fee of $27,500.
“He covered 32 mares and ended up with 16 in foal, so 50 per cent spot-on, which we were really happy with,” Anthony Mithen told Racing Post.
He also revealed European buyers will soon get the chance to lay their hands on some of the well-bred mares in foal to Starspangledbanner.
“He has a lovely, young stakes-winning Tapit mare called Noisy Feet in foal, as well as Marcia Proba, a Falbrav half-sister to glamour Australian racemare Sweet Idea.
“Both will make their way up to Europe to be sold at either Tattersalls or Arqana later in the year, along with a couple of other northern-hemisphere in-foal mares.”
With his oldest Australian progeny two year-olds, Starspangledbanner has had five Australian winners from 14 runners led by G3 winner Of the Brave and stands this spring at a fee of $44,000.