Starspangledbanner (Aus)

State Of Rest Makes All In The Prince Of Wales's

Wednesday's G1 Prince of Wales's S. came down to a display of supreme jockeyship, but it was not Moore or Dettori or even Demuro who provided it but Shane Crosse, whose masterclass from the front on the under-rated State of Rest (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}) proved the difference in such a tight Royal Ascot encounter. The race is a qualifier for the GI Breeders' Cup Turf at Keeneland in November. While Frankie fumbled with the blindfold on Lord North (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) as the gates opened and lost all chance there,...

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Starspangledbanner's Flag Flying Earns Rising Star Tag at Goodwood

Juddmonte's Flag Flying (GB) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}--Gavota {GB}, by Bated Breath {GB}) oozed class in Sunday's British European Breeders Fund EBF Novice S. at Goodwood and earned TDN Rising Star status with an impressive debut display in the six-furlong heat. The 6-4 favourite was the slowest of five into stride and trailed all four rivals through the early stages. Making eyecatching headway into contention after halfway, he clicked through the gears to challenge Al Khazneh (Ire) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) entering the final furlong and powered clear under mild coaxing in...

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Agave Will Skip The Cazoo Oaks

Group 3 winner Agave (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) has been removed from the G1 Cazoo Oaks field, leaving 18 fillies in the hunt for the fillies' Classic, following the release of the current acceptances on Friday. The Juddmonte homebred won her first three starts, including the G3 Prix Penelope on Apr. 2, but she was last seen running second in the G2 Prix Greffulhe at Saint-Cloud this past Sunday. Impressive G3 Tattersalls Musidora S. victress and 'TDN Rising Star' Emily Upjohn (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), for John and Thady Gosden,...

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Zelzal Filly Tops Osarus Breeze-Up Sale

A small but select approach to the Osarus Breeze-Up Sale paid dividends for Philip Prevost-Baratte after his Zelzal (Fr) filly (lot 71) was knocked down for a sale-topping €60,000. The French-based consignor was also responsible for the second-highest lot to go under the hammer on Tuesday, a Starspangledbanner (Aus) colt (lot 8), who fetched €58,000. However, despite securing a healthy profit and heading the sale with two of his three offerings, Prevost-Baratte revealed that he was disappointed that the Zelzal filly didn't command a juicer price tag. He explained, "It...

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State of Rest Pounces For Ganay Triumph

Joseph O'Brien trainee State of Rest (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}) enjoyed a fruitful sophomore campaign last year and the 4-year-old's globetrotting exploits yielded wins in August's GI Saratoga Derby Invitational and October's G1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley. He was sent postward as a 63-10 chance for Sunday's G1 Prix Ganay at ParisLongchamp and produced a battling display to secure a third elite-level triumph in the 10 1/2-furlong highlight. Third in the G2 Champagne S. and fifth in the G1 Futurity as a juvenile, he also hit the board in last...

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Commonwealth Cup Beckons For Castle Star

Craig Bernick and Antony Beck's Group 3 winner Castle Star (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}) will target the G1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, according to trainer Fozzy Stack. The colt broke his maiden in his third start, the Listed First Flier S. at The Curragh on May 3. He followed that effort with a two-length come-from-behind victory in the G3 Marble Hill S. there later that month. Second in the G2 Railway S. in June, Castle Star was fourth in the G1 Phoenix S. on Aug. 8. He improved to run...

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Northern Farm Strikes for Flotus at 1 Million Guineas at Tattersalls

Flotus (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}) (lot 1798), who ran second in the G1 Cheveley Park S. earlier this year, broke the seven-figure mark at 1 million gns to Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm on Tuesday. The new topper, consigned by Gainsborough Thoroughbreds, also won a listed race and her dam is a half-sister to G1 Phoenix S. third Lottie Dod (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) and the dual group-placed Rockaway Valley (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}). Bred by Newtown Stud and T. J. Pabst, the juvenile hammered at €65,000 as a Goffs November...

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Son of Camelot Tops Goffs Day Two

KILDARE, Ireland--The momentum built up on day one of the Goffs November Foal sale carried through Tuesday when strong trade was again the order of the day. The step up in pedigree power on offer further buoyed trade and the trend of an improved set of figures also continued its upward trajectory. At the close of business, 84% of the 254 offered foals changed hands for a total sum of €7,374,500, a 49% rise admittedly from a slightly larger number offered. This contributed to an average of €34,460 (+23%) and...

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Strong Start to Goffs November Foal Sale

KILDARE, Ireland--Unlike last year when it took place the week before Christmas, the Goffs November Foal Sale returned to its rightful place in the calendar and proceedings got off to a very positive start on Monday. As well as last year's session-topping high price of €75,000 being eclipsed when a son of Mehmas (Ire) sold for €140,000, all the other metrics comfortably surpassed those achieved in an albeit troubled 2020 edition, headed by a 77% clearance rate which yielded an aggregate of €3,384,500, some 55% up on last year. Also...

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Marble Hill Success For Starspangledbanner's Castle Star

Already proven at The Curragh, having won the five-furlong May 3 Listed First Flier S., the Fozzy Stack-trained Castle Star (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}) made light work of Saturday's G3 GAIN Marble Hill S. over six. Anchored in rear early and a touch detached as Chris Hayes exuded confidence, the 5-2 second favourite cruised down the outer of his hard-ridden peers and after striking the front approaching the final half-furlong quickened clear for an impressive two-length defeat of the well-backed 15-8 favourite Masseto (GB) (Territories {Ire}). "It's not often you see...

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Starspangledbanner Filly Earns Rising Stardom

Simon and Ed Crisford trainee Flotus (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}) was slowly into stride for Saturday's MansionBet Bet 10 Get 20 EBF Maiden Fillies' S. at Goodwood, but she overturned that early deficit to register a hugely impressive triumph in the six-furlong test, earning 'TDN Rising Star' status and a ticket to Royal Ascot. The 7-4 favourite was keen under attempted restraint after breaking slowly and settled into a smooth rhythm once eased away from cover. Looming large out wide after halfway, she seized the initiative passing the quarter-mile marker and...

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Albany Under Consideration For Hermana Estrella

Sunday's G3 Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies Sprint S. victress Hermana Estrella (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}) is being aimed at a start in the G3 Albany S. at Royal Ascot on June 18. The filly, a 50-1 longshot at Naas, was making her first start and has come out of the race well. "She'd been working well at home," said trainer Fozzy Stack. "She hasn't been away to work or anything and hasn't even worked on grass, so it was actually a very good performance. "She'd shown plenty of talent at...

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