Star Turn Overview
Star Turn arrived with a bang when his first-crop yearlings averaged over 10 times his covering fee and sold up to 25 times fee at the 2020 Gold Coast Magic Millions. He had 14 yearlings sell for six-figures in 2020 and they were targeted by our leading trainers with the Team Hawkes going to $550,000 for his top-priced colt (x Dukemore) in January.
“We have been thrilled with how Star Turn was received at the sales this year,” Vinery General Manager Peter Orton said. “The colt John Hawkes purchased on the Gold Coast is a testament to the type of horse he’s producing; they’re very forward and athletic - just like Star Turn who was also a standout yearling.”
Star Turn won in November of his juvenile season and that wasn’t surprising given his precocious pedigree. He is by Gr.1 Blue Diamond-winning Star Witness, who won 3 of his 4 juvenile starts and is from multiple Stakes-winning sprinter Golden Delicious.
Team Hawkes brought him back as a spring 3yo to defeat Golden Slipper winner Capitalist in the San Domenico Stakes Gr.3. Sent to Melbourne for the carnival, he showed another brilliant burst of acceleration to defeat older horses at weight-for-age in the Schillaci Stakes Gr.2.
He signed off with a credible third in the Gr.1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. Star Turn retired in 2017 following a three-start Autumn campaign highlighted by Group 1 WFA placings in some of Australia’s premier sprints; Lightning Stakes, Newmarket Hcp and William Reid Stakes.
An excellent outcross option, he has received phenomenal support from breeders, with full books in his first three seasons at stud.
Vinery Bloodstock Manager Adam White said he’s repeatedly getting positive feedback from breakers, pre-trainers and trainers saying that his stock will definitely go early. “I guess they say that about nearly all the new sires,” White said. “But it’s justified with Star Turn.”
Bloodstock agent Bevan Smith is one such supporter. “We couldn’t be more impressed with our Star Turn – Spoleto colt. He’s highly intelligent, hasn’t put a foot wrong and is a horse that always wants to please. He also has a lovely, fluent stride and all his riders comment that he has a nice action and gives a good feel” Smith said.
Besides his expensive colt at the Gold Coast Magic Millions, the Star Turns sold to $180,000 (Inglis Melbourne Premier) and $140,000 (Inglis Classic). There were also bargains like the Adelaide Magic Millions colt from Red Chilli Peppers that cost trainer Will Clarken $75,000.
“We marked this colt as the most forward yearling on the sales ground,” Clarken reported. “We’re really excited to secure him and he will be up and running in no time.”
Vinery Stud stands Star Turn for a ‘Payment on Live Foal’ service fee of $16,500 (inc. GST).
Star Turn Pedigree
|STAR WITNESS (AUS)|
|SOVIET STAR |
|FLYING FLOOZIE |
|LEONE CHIARA (AUS)|
|LION HUNTER |
|PURE OF HEART|
|GOLDEN DELICIOUS (AUS)|
|MADE OF GOLD (USA)|
|GREEN FOREST |
|TELL MENO LIES|
|BAROSSA GOURMET (AUS)|
|PRE EMPTIVE STRIKE |
|MARRY ME MARIA |
Star Turn BR News
Star Beginning to Turn The ScrewsWed, 11 Nov 2020
Exciting filly Miss Hipstar clicked straight into gear to score a clear-cut first win for Vinery freshman Star Turn at Doomben on Saturday. Miss Hipstar showed speed and race nouse for an all-the-way victory in the Mirvac Tulloch House Hcp (1110m). After firming from $26 into $5.50, the Kelly Schweida-trained filly flew the gates from an outside barrier and was leading on the fence after a furlong. “Once we hit the front, she switched off and got into a rhythm,” jockey Larry Cassidy said. “She’s so relaxed and won with her ears pricked. She could be an Oaks filly.” Star Turn getting a 2YO winner by November was expected, but siring a filly with classic potential will be an added incentive when his second crop yearlings parade at the majors in 2021. Schweida is already looking ahead to the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m) at the Gold Coast on January 16. Miss Hipstar was bred by Vinery partner Steve McCann (Encompass International) and sold through the Vinery Stud’s draft for $150,000 at the 2019 Gold Coast Magic Millions. “We loved her at the sales, she wasn’t overly big, but when we broke her in she took off… She’s just a natural racehorse,” Schweida said. Star Turn had already been knocking on the door in the first few weeks of the new juvenile season with placegetters Astrologer at Randwick (placed Breeders’ Plate Gr3), Stellar Magic (Brisbane) and Galaxy Cat (Perth), while Lindsay Park filly Mortal Witness was fourth in the MVRC Inglis Banner RL in Melbourne. Multiple Group-winner Star Turn, who boasts four Group 1 sprint placings, stands at Vinery Stud for a $16,500 (inc GST) service fee this year, which is payable on a live foal.
Star Turn filly Miss Hipstar cleared out on debut at Doomben (pic: vinery.com.au)
Freshman Sires Face Off at RandwickFri, 16 Oct 2020
On a raceday awash in magnificant spring bloodstock, Saturday's Royal Randwick meeting will see two colts on debut face off in a proxy battle for their exciting young freshman sires in the Victory Vein Plate. By Capitalist, and Star Turn, respectively, the debutants each cost $550,000 at the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Capitvant (Capitalist) was sold by Ashleigh Thoroughbreds. Out of a sister to the dam of Gr1 New Zealand Derby winner Crown Prosecutor, he is from the immediate family of Vinery's young boom sire Headwater. Montana Flash (Star Turn) is a half-brother to two winners from a family that's produced smart juvenile types. He was sold by Glenlogan Park. Both 2YOs have won their only trials to date but will face strong opposition in the form of another Capitalist juvenile, Kalashnikov. Placed on debut he is expected to improve from the experience and is favourite.
Half-Sister To Everest Contender AvailableFri, 16 Oct 2020
Just a few days after Chris Waller Racing announced dual Gr2-winning mare Haut Brion Her, a daughter of Champion First and Second Season sire Zoustar, will contest Saturday’s $15m The TAB Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick, her well-related half-sister Lady Millions has come on the market. A daughter of the high-class broodmare sire in Charge Forward, sire of the dams of Golden Slipper winners Estijaab and She Will Reign as well as the triple Gr1 winner Sunlight, Lady Millions has already produced the undefeated 2YO and stakes placed 3YO Malahide (by Shamus Award). Trained by Michael Costa, who also trains a 2YO Wandjina half-sister, Malahide is being prepared for Listed races during the summer plus the Magic Millions Fillies and Mares again in January. Apart from being a half-sister to recent Gr2 Shearco Stakes winner Haut Brion Her (see below), Lady Millions is also a half to Gr3-winning Karacatis (by Hussonet), a winner of 11 races and over $640,000 in earnings, as well as to Shamardal’s Listed-winning juvenile son Shamillion. Lady Millions is due to foal at the end of October to Vinery Stud’s Star Turn (by Star Witness), a first crop stallion who has started the season with all guns blazing. The current yearling from the mare, a filly by Deep Field, has been described by breeder Howard Blight as a ‘very good type’ with a decision still being made about retaining her to race or offering her through the 2021 yearling sales. Lady Millions is currently located in the Hunter Valley and available for inspection. For further information contact Brett Howard at Randwick Bloodstock Agency.
Cable Bay 2YO Tops MM Seymour Breeze UpsMon, 12 Oct 2020
A member of the first Southern Hemisphere crop of Invincible Spirit's group-winning Woodside Park stallion Cable Bay – doing a sterling job in Europe – shone at Friday’s Seymour breeze ups in preparation for next month's Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale. Stopping the clock in 10.41 seconds, the colt was the quickest of 42 lots timed for the 200 metre breeze at the Victorian-based session. Catalogued as Lot 116, the bay or brown colt is the first foal of the Myboycharlie mare Bunratty Miss and is a member of the quality filled draft from Nolen Racing. Others to impress on the day with quick times included:
- 10.52 secs - Lot 165 - Exceed and Excel-Guapa colt (Nolen Racing)
- 10.52 secs - Lot 180 - Hinchinbrook-In Masquerade colt (JCS T'breds)
- 10.54 secs - Lot 188 - Air Force Blue-Kissable colt (Baramul Stud)
- 10.57 secs - Lot 71 - Deep Field-Star of Helicon colt (Nolen Racing)
- 10.57 secs - Lot 75 - Star Turn-Szewinska colt (Moffatt Breaking & Pre Training)
Freshmen Well Represented at NZB RTR 2YO SaleTue, 6 Oct 2020
An exciting crop of juveniles by freshman sires will be out in force at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2020 Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds next month. Listed below alphabetically, are six freshman sires with progeny on offer at the Ready to Run Sale. Others include: Puccini(NZ), Rageese, Telperion, Vanbrugh, Wrote, Air Force Blue, Astern, Awesome Rock, Bobby’s Kitten, Capitalist, Divine Prophet, Extreme Choice, Flying Artie, Maurice, Mikki Isle, Shalaa, Star Turn and Winning Rupert.
- Belardo: The winner of the Group One Dewhurst Stakes (1400m) as a two-year-old and Lockinge Stakes (1600m) at the age of four, Haunui Farm shuttle stallion Belardo has made an excellent start at stud in the northern hemisphere with seven first-crop winners.
- Preferment: Brighthill Farm stallion Preferment (NZ) was a high-class racehorse, winning the Group One Victoria Derby (2500m), Turnbull Stakes (2000m), Australian Cup (2000m) and BMW Stakes (2400m).
- Tarzino: Westbury Stud’s Tarzino (NZ) was a Group One winner in both Melbourne and Sydney as a three-year-old, capturing the Victoria Derby (2500m) and Rosehill Guineas (2000m).
- Tivaci: In his final start before retiring to Waikato Stud, high-class racehorse Tivaci captured Group One glory in the All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.
- Turn Me Loose: Windsor Park Stud’s Turn Me Loose (NZ) was an exceptional sprinter-miler on both sides of the Tasman, winning the Group One New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) before heading to Melbourne and adding the Group One Emirates Stakes (1600m) and Futurity Stakes (1400m).
- Vadamos: Rich Hill Stud’s Vadamos was a stakes performer across multiple seasons, culminating with victory in the Group One Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (1600m). He also placed in the Group One Prix Jacques le Marois (1600m).
Freshman Sires Represented at Inglis 2YO TrialsMon, 21 Sep 2020
It’s said every year, and every year it’s invariably on the money: early form is good form when it comes to the early juvenile races, and whilst eagle-eyed trial watchers will be looking for an early lead for races like the Inglis Millennium, Golden Gift and Gr1 Golden Slipper at Monday’s Inglis 2YO Trials in Sydney, just as many industry participants will be keen to see how the first stock of the first crop sires perform. Quite a few have representation, and while enthusiasts will need to work through all the trials to tag them – CLICK HERE – the 10 freshman stallions (in alphabetical order) with their first trialists include: Airforce Blue, American Pharoah, Capitalist, Extreme Choice, Flying Artie, Maurice, Shalaa, Star Turn, Winning Rupert, Xtravagant.
Champion 2YO Capitalist (pic: Steve Hart)
Inglis Ready2Run Catalogue Considered Best EverTue, 18 Aug 2020
A highly diversified catalogue featuring progeny of Australia and New Zealand's leading stallions prepared by expert developers of young racing talent has been finalised for the 2020 Inglis Ready2Race Sale. In total, 226 juveniles have been catalogued for the sale at Riverside on Tuesday October 20, following a thorough build up which includes breeze ups in three states and two countries. An outstanding group of horse people will be preparing juveniles for the sale including the likes of Blake Ryan, Rick Worthington, Damian Lane, Jean Dubois, Will Forrester, Matt Vella, Michael Hickmott, Mel O'Gorman, Tal and Shaun Nolen, Frankie Stockdale, Dean Harvey, Hinnerk Hueppe and others. The catalogue – claimed by Inglis to be the strongest ever assembled for an Australian 2YO Sale – features youngsters by the likes of Fastnet Rock, Sebring, Not A Single Doubt, Pierro, Zoustar, Written Tycoon, Deep Field, Vancouver, Lonhro, Nicconi, Dundeel, Hinchinbrook, Brazen Beau, Choisir, Ocean Park and All Too Hard to name just a few, as well as two colts by champion US sire Into Mischief and a filly by top-class French sire Siyouni. First season stallions such as Capitalist, American Pharoah, Shalaa, Extreme Choice, Flying Artie, Frosted, Astern, Sooboog, Star Turn, Maurice, Divine Prophet and Tivaci etc are also represented.
Brazen Beau stock will be in big demand (pic: Mark Gatt)
Inglis Ready2Race Entries Due to CloseThu, 6 Aug 2020
Sales company Inglis reports that the 2020 renewal of the Inglis Ready2Race Sale is certain to be the strongest yet – in terms of quality of both horses and vendors. The success last season of recent graduates including Gr1 Doncaster Mile winner Nettoyer and high-class Hong Kong sprinter Wishful Thinker served to further enhance the merit of the progressive Inglis Ready2Race Sale and has prompted a series of entries of unprecedented class and depth. With well over 200 entries already confirmed, stallions represented amongst a hugely exciting group of first season sires include American Pharoah, Astern, Capitalist, Divine Prophet, Extreme Choice, Flying Artie, Frosted, Holler, Maurice, Odyssey Moon, Palentino, Shalaa, Sooboog, Star Turn, Tivaci, Winning Rupert, Xtravagant etc. There is also incredible strength to the group of proven sires set to be featured in the catalogue, with the likes of Fastnet Rock, Not A Single Doubt, Pierro, Savabeel, Zoustar, Dundeel, Siyouni, Sebring, Hinchinbrook, Lonhro, Into Mischief, Nicconi, Ocean Park, Reliable Man, Smart Missile etc. as well as emerging young stallions like Deep Field, Headwater, Rubick, Pride Of Dubai, Vancouver, Better Than Ready, Brazen Beau etc.
Group 1-winning Ready2Race graduate Nettoyer (pic: Steve Hart)
Vinery Poised for a Huge SeasonFri, 10 Jul 2020
Like a footy team that’s been building towards the future, Vinery Stud is starting to see the fruits of their labour over the past few years, and in 2020 they head towards the stud season with a gun crop of six stallions. Even without the considerable influence of champion sire More Than Ready – finally having a break after setting a record of consecutive trans hemisphere shuttles – Vinery’s fire-power this year is as imposing as any for a long time. In addition to highly proven stallions Casino Prince and his star son All Too Hard, Vinery boasts boom freshmen Headwater and Press Statement, backed up by ultra-commercial Star Turn whose first 2YOs are set to hit the track in the Spring. The final Vinery offering for 2020 is the massively exciting Exceedance, the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner whose acceleration and sectionals put him amongst vaunted company. Click on the image below for an in-depth preview of Vinery’s 2020 stallions.
Roses Win Boosts Inglis Easter Round 2Mon, 15 Jun 2020
Whilst confirming Inglis Classic graduate Vanna Girl (Husson) as one of the nation’s leading 3YO fillies, Saturday’s slashing Gr2 The Roses win assures her Star Turn half-sister at next month’s Easter Round 2 will be highly sought after by the buying bench. She is being offered by Vinery Stud as Lot 11. Vinery’s bloodstock manager Adam White described Vanna Girl (see below) as “a nice filly who was always going to need time’’, noting, “She always had that quality about her, very correct, a lovely head, a real presence but she just took some time to really strengthen up which we expected [and] seeing the benefit now of the patience her trainers and connections have shown her. She’s the real deal.” White is enthusiastic ahead of the sale: “The half-sister coming to Easter in July, she’s probably a bit more forward, got more strength at this age and being by Star Turn you’d expect her to get up and go a bit earlier given Star Turn won a race in November of his 2YO season.”
Remaining Vinery Quartet Offer Significant ValueWed, 6 May 2020
Outside of Exceedance and All Too Hard (see above items), Vinery’s other quartet of stallions offers a combination of those starting to hit their straps on the track and in the sales ring, and an incredibly proven stallion:
- Star Turn ($16,500) arrived with a bang courtesy of his yearlings who achieved over 10 times covering fee at the Magic Millions. He had 14 yearlings sell for six-figures in 2020 and they were targeted by our leading trainers, including his top priced colt selling for $550,000 to the bid of Team Hawks. Star Turn won in November of his juvenile season before returning to defeat Golden Slipper winner Capitalist in the Gr3 San Domenico Stakes. Sent to Melbourne for the spring carnival, he showed another brilliant burst of acceleration to defeat older horses at weight-for-age in the Gr2 Schillaci Stakes.
- Press Statement ($13,750) was the only colt of his generation to win a Gr1 at two and three and he’s on track for a Gr1 stud career. Chris Waller trained Press Statement to complete the J J Atkins Stakes – Caulfield Guineas double and they have a front-line chance in this year’s first leg with promising colt and dual-city winner Spokesman. Ciaron Maher & David Eustace also train his first-crop winners Incredulous Dream and Major Murphy while John O’Shea has the promising filly Newsreader, who will be set for the Woodlands Stakes LR at Rosehill later this month.
- Headwater ($13,750) has a potent pedigree, combining Champion sire Exceed And Excel and Oakleigh Plate Gr1 winner River Dove. As a 2YO Headwater won a Gr2 Silver Slipper Gr2 at Rosehill so it’s not surprising that he has precocious first-crop winners like Wisdom of Water, Aquagirl and Mileva, and more juvenile winners than some other high-priced stallions. Wisdom of Water is a flying machine and was an unlucky fourth in the $2 million RL Magic Millions 2YO Classic in January. He returned recently with an impressive 5-length victory and is on a path to the Gr1 J J Atkins Stakes.
- Casino Prince ($5,500) is the perfect stallion for breeders wanting to retain to race and you won’t get any arguments at such an amazing fee. All Too Hard was one of two Gr1 winners from his first crop and there could be another at the Brisbane winter carnival if Baccarat Baby takes her place in the Stradbroke Hcp (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 6. Casino Prince is a prolific winner-getter and he props up the Vinery roster with career stats of 360 individual winners at an incredible 71% strike-rate.
Expert Uses Data to Validate 3YO Crop StrengthThu, 27 Feb 2020
One of Australia’s leading ratings experts has revealed emperical data to corroborate the general consensus that the 2019-2020 crop of 3YOs is amongst the best in recent years, reports racing.com. Daniel O’Sullivan has assessed the number of sophomores to run a 103+ rating at weight-for-age at this point of the season in contrast to the same time as earlir seasons, and also for the full racing season. To February 22, there are already 15 individual 3YOs who have achieved the feat versus 8 (2018-19), 7 (2017-18), 11 (2016-17) and 6 (2015-16). The 206-17 crop, which included Flying Artie, Star Turn, Astern and Extreme Choice, finished with 16 by season’s end, however at this point of time it appears likely that the current crop could hit 20 or more by the end of July. Topping this year’s 3YO crop of WFA performers are Yes Yes Yes, Exceedance, Bivouac and Castelvecchio. Other highly-rated 3YOs by O’Sullivan also include Libertini, Loving Gaby, Funstar, Standout, Flit, Alligator Blood and Catalyst. It goes without saying that there are other high class 3YOs who have yet to compete at weight-for-age, and hence don't have a rating.
Exceedance is considered an elite performer by O'Sullivan (pic: Mark Gatt)
Magic Millions Tasmanian Sale Sets New RecordsTue, 25 Feb 2020
On Monday in Launceston, records tumbled across the board as a strong local and mainland buying bench led to the 2020 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale reaching new heights. A filly by Armidale Stud's exciting freshman sire Alpine Eagle was the top seller for the day when purchased by trainer Robbie Griffiths in partnership with bloodstock agent Peter Ford for $95,000. Catalogued as Lot 37, the filly is the first foal of the Melbourne winner Must Be Mink - a Musket daughter of Tasmanian Guineas winner Di's Angel. The previous lot in the ring, a full-sister to outstanding Tasmanian galloper Mandela Effect was purchased by local owner Andrew Scanlon for $80,000. Presented by Mandy Gunn's Motree Thoroughbreds, the filly is the latest yearling from the 100 per cent winner producer Morell. A pair of colts, by Star Turn (Lot 81 to Ellerton Zahra Racing), and Dream Ahead (Lot 26 to Matthew Brown Racing), also proved popular when selling for $75,000. Local trainer John Blacker was the leading buyer on the day with 11 lots purchased at a gross of over $320,000.
Lot 37 topped the 2020 Tasmanian Sale (pic: magicmillions.com.au)
All Too Easy For Classic BuyersMon, 10 Feb 2020
The well-documented exploits of Queensland cult 3YO Alligator Blood (All Too Hard-Lake Superior, by Encosta de Lago) have left no doubt that Vinery Stud’s champion 3YO All Too Hard is a stallion capable of throwing elite racehorses. Sitting just on the cusp of the Top 10 Australian General Stallions, Black Caviar’s half-brother All Too Hard is already the sire of 30 individual stakes-performers, of which six have achieved at Gr1 level. At Inglis Classic between Sunday and Tuesday, there are 16 yearlings by All Too Hard for sale, with Vinery’s 25-strong draft responsible for a half dozen of those. With the exception of four yearlings (by Flying Artie, Smart Missile, Teofilo and Your Song) the balance of Vinery’s consignment are by their own high profile stallions that include More Than Ready, Headwater, Press Statement, Star Turn and Casino Prince. Click on the below image for a preview of Vinery Stud’s Inglis Classic draft, and then click on the draft link to access the catalogue pages of all individually listed lots.
Inglis Premier Sale Catalogue One of Its BestFri, 13 Dec 2019
Sales company Inglis has announced that an "extraordinarily strong" Premier Yearling Sale catalogue, featuring siblings to the likes of Mystic Journey, Extra Brut and Oohood, is now available online. In total, 784 lots have been catalogued for the sale, which will run over a revamped three-day format at the outstanding new Oaklands Junction precinct from March 1-3. The 2020 catalogue is "as strong as I can remember" according to Inglis' Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian. In total there are 120 sires represented in the catalogue - I Am Invincible, Snitzel, Redoute's Choice, Exceed And Excel, Not A Single Doubt, Zoustar, Dundeel, Written Tycoon, Pierro, Fastnet Rock, Sebring, Hinchinbrook, Medaglia d'Oro, Savabeel, Teofilo and Brazen Beau as examples. The catalogue also features a colt by world champion sire Galileo, the only yearling progeny of his catalogued for public auction in the southern hemisphere in 2020, as well as three progeny of champion European stallion Frankel. Meanwhile, 35 First Season Sires will also be represented at Premier including Capitalist, American Pharoah, Frosted, Flying Artie, Astern, Maurice, Extreme Choice, Shalaa (see below), Star Turn, Divine Prophet, Cable Bay, Winning Rupert, Holler, Tivaci and Palentino to name but a few. The Premier Session of the sale will run for the two full days of Sunday March 1 and Monday March 2 while the inaugural Showcase Session, with a particular focus on the value end of the market, will take place on Tuesday March 3. To view the 2020 Premier Sale catalogue, CLICK HERE.
Inglis Classic Catalogue OnlineTue, 19 Nov 2019
The catalogue for the 2020 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale – the sale that has produced the winner of a Melbourne Cup, Golden Slipper, Victoria Derby and Inglis Millennium in recent years – is now available online. In total, 808 yearlings have been catalogued - 613 in Book 1 and 195 in the Highway Session - for the sale at Riverside Stables in a revised three-day format of Sunday February 9 until Tuesday February 11. Book 1 will take place on the Sunday, Monday and start of Tuesday before the Highway Session rounds the sale out on Tuesday February 11 following the completion of Book 1. The progressive nature of the Classic Sale in recent years is illustrated by the fact that it has been responsible for eight Gr1-winning graduates since 2018, including four Gr1-winning 2YOs or 3YOs in Sydney and Melbourne. Progeny of 103 sires such as leading lights I Am Invincible, Snitzel, Fastnet Rock, Dundeel, Not A Single Doubt, Pierro, Sebring, Lonhro, Zoustar and Written Tycoon are included, as well as progeny of 31 First Season Sires such as the likes of American Pharoah, Capitalist, Astern, Divine Prophet, Extreme Choice, Shalaa, Flying Artie, Star Turn and Xtravagant. Of the 808 lots catalogued, 734 are BOBS Eligible. To view the catalogue, CLICK HERE.
Tattersalls Book 2 Siyouni Colt Tops Final SessionFri, 18 Oct 2019
A colt by French-bred Champion sire Siyouni (Pivotal) was the star turn on the final day of Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale at 600,000 guineas, as the sale returned a record turnover and median whilst the highest price for a yearling at this fixture was broken twice. The headline horse on the final day is out of Moonlit Garden and was knocked down to Shadwell Estates’ Angus Gold. Consigned by Barton Stud on behalf of breeders’ Biddestone Stud, the son of the Listed placed Exceed and Excel mare is a sibling to the Gr3 Cornwallis Stakes-placed Mokaatil and the Listed-placed Dan. Gold secured the stunning colt after seeing off the efforts of the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Michael Kinane and agent Alex Elliot. Meanwhile, a spectacular pin-hooking success was achived when a No Nay Never (Scat Daddy) colt consigned by John Foley’s Ballyvolane Stud realised 325,000 guineas, having been bought as a foal for just 54,000 euros.
The 600,000 guineas Siyouni-Moonlit Garden colt (pic: tattersalls.com)
Berry Backs Libertini BoomFri, 23 Aug 2019
Tommy Berry has had the privilege to pilot some of the best horses in Australia, and, ahead of Saturday's Gr2 Silver Shadow Stakes, the popular hoop has little hesitation in putting lightly raced 3YO filly Libertini right up there with the best he's ridden, reports racenet.com.au. Berry's two benchmarks for young horses are Vancouver and Star Turn, with the jockey throwing the I Am Invincible filly into the mix: "Coming into this spring she's given me the feeling I had with Vancouver going into the autumn when he won the Golden Slipper and Star Turn going into his 3YO season. The thing about Libertini is she didn't do much racing as a 2YO which means she's still got a fair bit to prove but everything she's done this preparation, she's done so easily." The Gerry Harvey and Strawberry Hill Stud-campaigned daughter of Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Aloha has furnished markedly in the off-season. "The most exciting thing about her for me is just how big and strong she's become," said Berry. "At Scone (Listed Yarraman Park Woodlands Stakes) I rode a filly but this time she's felt like I've been riding a big strong colt." Libertini is $1.85 favourite for the 1200m Silver Shadow.
Fanreluche Double-Cross For Rising Star FillyTue, 2 Jul 2019
Meanwhile, exciting 3YO filly Baccarat Baby (Casino Prince-Meerlust by Johannesburg), a homebred for Peter Harris and Matthew Irwin, could boost her value more than normal should she win a Gr1 event for connections. The recent Gr3 winner is direct descendant of North American champion Fanfreluche (Northern Dancer) who is also third dam of Casino Prince’s sire Flying Spur, and a premium victory and a double-cross to a blue-hen mare would put Baccarat Baby in the blue-chip department when she eventually retires to stud. Her performance confirms Casino Prince as an unequivocal go-to sire for broodmare owners looking for established value in the Hunter Valley. He stands for a $6,600 service fee at Vinery Stud with More Than Ready ($55,000), All Too Hard ($27,500), Star Turn ($22,000), Headwater ($16,500), Press Statement ($16,500) & Pluck ($6,600).
Star Weanlings Turning Heads At Gold CoastWed, 22 May 2019
The 2019 Magic Millions National Sale kicks off this morning with the first of three consecutive days of weanling sales. Potential pin-hooking rewards have buyers in search of athletic, robust types, with the attraction of being ahead of the market on first crop sires' progeny particularly alluring. Among those Freshman Weanling Sires with representation, talent-laden Gr1 sprinter Star Turn is reported to have excellent types on the ground. Vinery's new Sales and Nominations man Harry Roach has been busy inspecting Star Turn's 16 first-crop weanlings at the Gold Coast sales complex this week. "We were full of anticipation to see the first Star Turn weanlings at the sales, and it is safe to say our expectations have been exceeded. They all look to be high quality, strong, sprinting types, just like dad," Roach enthused.
Star Turn on parade at Vinery