Starspangledbanner - Stallion
- Pedigree Analysis
- Race Record
After a brilliant racing career in Australia and Europe which netted four high profile Group 1 wins in the Caulfield Guineas, Oakleigh Plate, Golden Jubilee and July Cup, Starspangledbanner began his stud career with Coolmore in Ireland in 2011 before shuttling to Coolmore’s Hunter Valley Australia base for the 2011/2012 season. Despite large numbers in both hemispheres those two crops netted only 58 live foals and the stallion was labelled “sub-fertile” and even returned to training. He was written off as a stallion until 51 of those first season foals hit the race track and – incredibly – nine of them became stakeswinners.
Horses of the calibre of Home of the Brave, Thrillster, Of The Brave and European topliners Anthem Alexander and The Wow Signal have defied relatively low foal numbers. He has an elite stakes winners to runners percentage of 8.5% – in the realm of Australia’s very best stallions. I Am Invincible, Fastnet Rock and Exceed and Excel all bat at between 8.1 and 8.8% and on that measure he is up there with the best and leaps and bunds in value ahead of unproven stallions standing for much higher fees.
His foal numbers in Europe continue to grow given his now normal fertility rate and he has produced several smart 2yos early in the 2019 European season that look destined for stakes success. In Australia his 2yo crop include the very exciting Rosemont homebred Brooklyn Hustle who was 5th in the G1 Blue Diamond as well as 2yo winners Stand to Attention, Heka Express and the talented Knowles.
Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen is naturally delighted to once again be offering Starspangledbanner to Victorian breeders: “We think that this is a fantastic result for Victorian breeders. It is a tough game. Increasingly breeders are stuck with the bleak choice of either paying massive prices for sires with a good record or taking a massive punt on a sire whose credentials are unproven in the breeding barn and in some cases, on the race track as well. This is a stallion who won four Group 1’s on the track and has a proven record as a sire of good stakes winning horses from low numbers to date. Best of all, he has done both those things in Australia as well as Europe and there is no doubt that as a sire, his best is yet to come. ”
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