Star Turn Overview
Star Turn is the epitome of 2yo speed, power and pedigree and trained on as a 3yo to contest four of Australia’s premier Gr.1 sprints.
He is by Star Witness, who won three of his four 2yo starts including the Blue Diamond Stakes, Gr.1. His dam, Golden Delicious had 13 wins to 1200m, five of which were at Stakes level.
Star Turn himself drew first blood as a Spring 2yo in the Pierro Plate at Randwick, before a 2nd to Flying Artie in the Blue Diamond Prelude in the Autumn. His only unplaced runs win a12-start career were 5th and 6th in the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper respectively.
Star Turn returned for a 3yo Spring campaign with a dominant victory over Golden Slipper winner Capitalist in the San Domenio Stakes Gr.3 and was never again unplaced despite taking on all comers. He was sent to Melbourne and produced another brilliant burst of speed to win the WFA Schillaci Stakes Gr.2 against older horses (Malaguerra, Fell Swoop). That prep was signed off with a third in the Coolmore Stud Stakes Gr.1.
Trainer John Hawkes has always said “from day one he was outstanding. He was just a real athlete!”
He stayed in Melbourne at WFA level for the Autumn of 2017 earning a trio of Gr.1 placings in Australia’s premier sprints for older horses, The Lighting Stakes Gr.1, William Reid Stakes Gr.1, and the Newmarket Hcp Gr.1.
He retired sound to Vinery Stud in 2017 as one of the toughest 3yo sprinters from a stellar crop of colts.
He covered a full book of mares in his first season and is an obvious outcross option. Anticipation is mounting ahead of his first crop of foals are arriving this Spring.
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 News
Vinery 2018 Stallion ParadeMon, 23 Jul 2018
Meanwhile, Vinery Stud has announced that it will showcase its roster of high class stallions when it hosts its annual Stallion Parades on Saturday 25th August and Sunday 26th August. Breakfast will be served at 8:30am with the parade to commence at 9:00am each day. All seven of Vinery's stallions will be paraded headlined by Black Caviar's 4-time Gr1 winning half-brother All Too Hard and champion shuttler More Than Ready, as well as Pluck and exciting young sires Star Turn, Headwater and Press Statement. Click here to RSVP.
Vinery stallion parade (image: Vinery)
Terravista RetiredMon, 14 May 2018
The connections of grand old sprinter Terravista have decided to retire the 8YO following his disappointing ninth place finish in last Saturday's Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m) at Scone. Trained by Joe Pride, Terravista retires 11 wins and 7 placings from 32 starts and $2.66 million in prize money. The Australian-bred son of Captain Rio was a two-time winner at the elite level, claiming the 2014 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington defeating subsequent world's best sprinters Chautauqua and Lankan Rupee, and last year's Gr1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington where he beat Spieth and Star Turn. Underscoring his quality was the fact he was also Gr1-placed on 5 occasions. Terravista is out of the deceased former New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Parfore (Gold Brose), dam also of Gr1 Galaxy winner Tiger Tees, stakes winners Ball Of Muscle and Our Lucas, and Singapore Horse Of The Year and Hallmark Stud sire Super Easy.
Terravista (image: Steve Hart)
Vinery Announces 2018 Stallion FeesTue, 24 Apr 2018
The Hunter Valley’s Vinery Stud has announced its stallion line-up for 2018 with its trio of young guns Star Turn, Headwater and Press Statement consolidating their stud careers alongside legendary sire More Than Ready. "We strongly believe the Vinery Stallions represent great value to breeders; headed up by one of the leading stallions worldwide in More Than Ready and prolific sires of winners at all levels in All Too Hard, Casino Prince and Pluck,” said general manager Peter Orton. “The future for the farm is very exciting with the depth of talent of our three young stallions Star Turn, Headwater and Press Statement, all who have enjoyed great support from our loyal client to launch their careers." With Testa Rossa remaining at Vinery where he will cover a limited book, the GST-inclusive roster with comments is below:
- $66,000 More Than Ready (USA): A top 5 Stakes-producing stallion with 183 stakes-winners. Sire of Golden Slipper, Blue Diamond, Magic Millions winners, Group 1 classic colts and fillies and champions like More Joyous. Leading broodmare sire, whose progeny averaged $282,000 at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale.
- $33,000 All Too Hard: Champion Australian 3YO Colt who has sired more individual winners in Australia (50) than any other second-season stallion this season. With 6 new stakes-horses in the last month and a Gr1 colt in his second crop (Outrageous), his 3rd crop yearlings sold to $500,000 at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale.
- $22,000 Star Turn: Timeform-rated 124 , and covered a full book of mares on debut. Bred for speed, October Randwick 2YO winner Star Turn defeated Golden Slipper winner Capitalist as a 3YO in Gr3 San Domenico S, before beating older horses in the Gr2 WFA Schillaci Stakes. Placed against older sprinters in the Gr1 Lightning S., Gr1 William Reid S. and Gr1 Newmarket Hcp.
- $16,500 Headwater: Extremely well supported at Vinery in 2016 & 2017, Headwater's first foals are creating a buzz with breeders. A stakes-winning 2YO and 3YO by Exceed and Excel, he topped all the first-crop stallions at the Inglis Easter Weanling Sale with a colt knocked down to agent Andrew Williams for $75,000.
- $16,500 Press Statement: Hinchinbrook's best and the only colt of his generation to win at Gr1 level as a 2YO and 3YO. Trainer Chris Waller rated him a superstar and a better 2YO than either Zoustar & Brazen Beau. A magnificent looking stallion, Press Statement showcases 19 of his first-crop foals at the Magic Millions National Sale starting on May 24.
- $9,900 Casino Prince: Prolific winner-getter and primed for another century of individual winners in 2017-18. He’s currently a Top 10 sire with 91 winners in Australia this season and his record of 104 is well within sight. Bearing down on another milestone with the winners of 997 races to date, Casino Prince maintains an extraordinary 68% winning strike-rate (>6% black type).
- $6,600 Pluck (USA): More Than Ready’s Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner with stakes-performers Life On The Wire, Mongolian Wolf, Aspect, Gasoline and Lucky Louie in his first two crops. Backing that black-type up with numerous city-winning, sprinter-milers plus overseas winners Winwin Ruby, Jade Theatre (Hong Kong) and Knysna Rose, Aussie Austin, Moon Shadow (South Africa).
Aust Broodmare & Weanling Sale Catalogue ReleasedThu, 15 Mar 2018
The catalogue for the 2018 Inglis Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale is now available online. A total of 649 Lots - comprising 483 broodmares and 166 weanlings - have been catalogued for the sale, which will bring to an end a huge fortnight of Inglis sales. The weanlings include those by leading sires such as I Am Invincible, Written Tycoon, Pierro, Brazen Beau, Choisir, Foxwedge, Hinchinbrook, Nicconi, So You Think and Star Witness as well as the first offerings for the likes of Criterion, Bull Point, Headwater, Kermadec, Press Statement, Real Impact, Scissor Kick and Vancouver. There are also mares in foal to the likes of Lonhro, Medaglia d'Oro, More Than Ready, Vancouver, Choisir and Hinchinbrook and First Season Sires like Winning Rupert, Star Turn, Sooboog, Odyssey Moon, Maurice and Extreme Choice. The Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale will be held at Riverside Stables from Sunday 15 April until Tuesday 17 April. Click here to view catalogue.
Pariah Opens Favourite For Gr2 San DomenicoTue, 22 Aug 2017
Meanwhile, Pariah (see above article) has been opened as a fairly short favourite for Saturday's Gr3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens. Won last year by Vinery Stud's exciting 2017 freshman sire Star Turn, the San Domenico is one of the traditional seasonal pipe-openers for 3YOs. Pariah, who finished runner-up in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes at his penultimate run, is the TAB's $2.50 favourite, ahead of Condor Heroes (runner-up in the Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes on April Fools Day) and exciting filly Tulip, scratched last Saturday, who placed in the Gr1 Golden Slipper). The duo is at $6, ahead of $8 quotes Jorda and Marsupial.
Star Turn Full-Brother On Debut In South AfricaFri, 9 Jun 2017
Few 3YOs caught the eye in Australia this season as much as Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold). That makes Sunday's racetrack debut on the other side of the world of his younger full-brother most intriguing. Named Shufoog by Shadwell Stud Australia, who purchased him for $300,000 from the draft of Widden Stud at the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale, the colt has been accepted for a 1160m maiden at Turffontein in Johannesburg. His 14 carded opposition don't appear to be overly strong and connections will be expecting a forward showing by the youngster. Meanwhile, the brilliantly fast Star Turn, who finished his career with four consecutive Gr1 placings (including against open company), is waiting to serve his debut season at Vinery Stud where he is proving very popular off a $22,000 service fee. Vinery's Adam White said, “Star Turn has been very well received by breeders in what will be his first season at stud this year. People are obviously aware of his on pace speed and what imposing looks he possesses." White revealed, "A lot of breeders have come to see him already and are taken with his great strength, balance and athleticism. His pedigree suits a wide range of mares and this will ensure he has a great future at stud."
Star Turn is a head turner (image: Vinery Stud)
Vinery Announce 2017 Service FeesWed, 12 Apr 2017
Vinery Stud has announced its stallion line-up for 2017 with Gr1 sprinter Star Turn joining the roster for a $22,000 (inc. GST) service fee. The high-class 3YO was retired last week following an autumn campaign highlighted by Gr1 weight-for-age placings against the older horses in the Lightning Stakes, Newmarket Handicap and William Reid Stakes. His sire Star Witness was a Gr1 winner as a two and three year-old and he heads this season's third-season sires' premiership with earnings over $4million. The complete Vinery roster is:
- ALL TOO HARD - $44,000
- CASINO PRINCE - $11,000
- HEADWATER - $16,500
- MORE THAN READY - $66,000
- PLUCK - $9,900
- PRESS STATEMENT - $22,000
- STAR TURN - $22,000
- TESTA ROSSA - $16,500
*All service fees (inc. GST)
Silent Sedition Wins Gr1 William Reid StakesMon, 27 Mar 2017
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne on Friday night, Yarradale Stud shuttler War Chant (War Chant (Danzig-Hollywood Wildcat, by Kris S) celebrated an elite success when 4YO mare Silent Sedition (War Chant-Fiorentina, by Dubai Destination) scored by 0.1 length for trainer Andrew Noblet in the $500,000 Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO entire Hellbent (I Am Invincible-Volkaspray, by Volksraad) & 3YO colt Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold). This was a thoroughly deserved maiden top-flight victory for Silent Sedition who advanced her record to 6 wins (including the Gr3 Mannerism Stakes, Gr3 Summoned Stakes, Gr3 Schweppervescence Stakes & Listed Bendigo Guineas) and 9 placings (including the Gr1 Coolmore Classic & Gr1 Australasian Oaks) from 16 starts for $961,650 earnings. Silent Sedition, whose dam is a half-sister to Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso from the Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Porto Roca, was purchased for the bargain price of $45,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale from the draft of Korilya Stud. Not only was this Silent Sedition's first Gr1 success, but it was also the first for trainer Andrew Noblet and jockey Katelyn Mallyon. "I can't believe this. I'm just so over the moon, you can't imagine how much I've wanted this," Mallyon told racing.com. "It's just so good to be a Group One winner. It's all I've ever wanted." "It's unbelievable," Noblet said. "To come here and do that after coming back from a mile and coming back from Sydney…she's just an unbelievable talent this mare."
Silent Sedition drives up the inside (image: Mark Gatt)
Weight Relief Has Star Turn On TopFri, 24 Mar 2017
As the only 3YO in tonight’s weight-for-age Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, exciting colt Star Turn heads bookmaker’s boards at $4.20. In a seemingly open sprint event at the tight turning circuit in Melbourne, Vinery Stud’s stallion-in-waiting comes into the race off two Gr1 sprint placings since his seasonal return. From an ideal barrier Star Turn is likely to get onto the rail and defy late challengers, however he might find himself in an upfront battle with speedy mare Sheidel who is at $5.00. That could set the race up for a flying finish from classy sprinter Hellbent and ultra consistent Silent Sedition, albeit the 300m drop back in distance from last week’s Gr1 Coolmore Classic is not ideal for the latter.
Gr1 William Reid favourite Star Turn (pic: Steve Hart)
Star Turn Poised for Maiden Gr1 SuccessThu, 23 Mar 2017
Jockey Dwayne Dunn is confident that talented 3YO sprinter Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold) can finally break through at the elite level in tomorrow night’s Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley. A winner of 4 of his 11 starts, including the Gr2 Schillaci Stakes and Gr3 San Domenico Stakes, Star Turn has been placed three times in top company, namely in the Coolmore Stud Stakes, Lightning Stakes, and Newmarket Handicap down the famous Flemington straight. Connections have indicated that the son of Star Witness is likely to be retired to stud if he secures that elusive Gr1 victory. “I think this is what he's looking for - he's looking for a corner and it should be ideal for him," Dunn said. "He's drawn a beautiful barrier (three) and he's going to push up on-speed.” He added: “He's always run into some pretty smart gallopers but hopefully on Friday night we can get the job done.”
William Reid Target for Silent SeditionWed, 22 Mar 2017
Meanwhile, talented mare Silent Sedition (War Chant-Fiorentina, by Dubai Destination) will bypass Friday night's Sunline Stakes in favour of the Gr1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley, reports AAP. The Andrew Noblet-trained 4YO missed out on claiming her first Gr1 triumph when narrowly defeated by Heaven's Above in the Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill last start. "She got back from Sydney really well and she's in super order," Noblet said. "I didn't want to go to another mile race two weeks before the Queen of The Turf or have another trip to Sydney. So I'll run her in the shorter race and keep the freshness in her legs and then go back to Sydney." Noblet added: "Obviously there's some more seasoned sprinters in there and it's weight-for-age, but she's very consistent and tries very hard so she'll run well." Silent Sedition is on the fourth line of betting for the William Reid at $11 with Tab. Gr1-performed sprinters Spieth and Star Turn share favouritism for the $500,000 feature at $5.
Redkirk Warrior Wins Gr1 Newmarket HandicapMon, 13 Mar 2017
At Flemington in Victoria, 6YO UK-bred gelding Redkirk Warrior (Notnowcato-Flag, by Selkirk) posted a top shelf success in scoring by a comfortable 2-lengths for trainers David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the $1,255,000 Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) over fellow 6YO gelding Voodoo Lad (I Am Invincible-O’Fortuna, by Gilded Time) & 4YO colt Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold). The former Gr1-placed Hong Kong galloper improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Sandown Stakes) and 2 placings (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Classic Cup) from 10 starts for $1,392,080 earnings. Redkirk Warrior became the first horse ever to win the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap first-up from a spell in what was an amazing training performance. The first running of the race was in 1892 when Wild Rose saluted. Redkirk Warrior was a £22,000 yearling from the Tattersalls 2012 Yearling Sale from the draft of Manor House Stud.
Redkirk Warrior created history first-up in the Newmarket (pic: Mark Gatt)
Newmarket Nightmare For Outgoing Race CallerFri, 10 Mar 2017
Melbourne’s soon to retire race caller Greg Miles might find himself wishing he’d hung up the binoculars earlier than June when the final 100 metres of tomorrow’s Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington plays out. Although the major sprint has been robbed of outstanding colt Flying Artie due to a reported low level lung infection, there are chances just about everywhere one looks, and there is a strong likelihood of another blanket finish down the straight six. Despite the publically aired concerns by trainer Bryce Heys about Speith’s inside marble, the exciting 4YO tops betting markets at $3.50, with his Lightning Stakes conqueror and top-weight Terravista at the luxury quote of $12 due to the weight turn around. Sheidel, Extreme Choice, Illustrious Lad and Star Turn are all under double figure odds and are expected to be the testing material for Speith, however Miles can also expect any one of The Quarterback, Voodoo Lad, Super Cash or Redkirk Warrior to come into play. And then there’s Waikato Stud-bound Tivaci (see below item) who will be hitting the line hard, particularly if there’s a ton of pace through the middle stages of the race.
The Lightning Stakes produced a tight finish (pic: Mark Gatt)
Gr1 Newmarket Handicap Field & BarriersThu, 9 Mar 2017
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1.25 million Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) to be run at Flemington racecourse this Saturday. Weights have been raised 0.5kg to ensure a minimum top weight of 57kg. The time-honoured event is one of the feature sprints on the racing calendar and has been won by some of Australia's greatest sprinters including Black Caviar (2011), Miss Andretti (2007), Takeover Target (2006), Exceed and Excel (2004), Primacy (1993), Schillaci (1992), Placid Ark (1987), Maybe Mahal (1978), Century (1973), Baguette (1971), Bernborough (1946), Heroic (1926), and Wakeful (1901). This year the favourite is the Bryce Heys-trained chestnut Spieth who will be chasing his maiden top flight victory following successive Gr1 placings in the Darley Classic and Lightning Stakes. Spieth is currently $3.50 with the Tab, ahead of dual Gr1-winning 3YO Extreme Choice at $5.50, Gr1-placed 3YO Star Turn at $6.50, and Illustrious Lad at $8. All other runners are at double figure odds headed by Lightning Stakes hero Terravista at $11. The final field is:
- TERRAVISTA (Joseph Pride-Corey Brown) 57kg (12)
- SPIETH (Bryce Heys-Hugh Bowman) 55.5kg (1)
- THE QUARTERBACK (Robbie Griffiths-Craig Newitt) 55kg (7)
- SHEIDEL (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-Damien Oliver) 54kg (3)
- VOODOO LAD (Darren Weir-Damian Lane) 54kg (2)
- EXTREME CHOICE (Mick Price-Joao Moreira) 53kg (13)
- ILLUSTRIOUS LAD (Peter Gelagotis-Anthony Darmanin) 53kg (5)
- TIVACI (Michael Moroney-Patrick Moloney) 53kg (6)
- STAR TURN (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-Glen Boss) 52.5kg (11)
- SUPER CASH (Andrew Noblet-Ben Allen) 52.5kg (9)
- COUNTERATTACK (Chris Waller-Stephen Baster) 52.5kg (10)
- REDKIRK WARRIOR (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-R Bayliss) 52.5kg (4)
- INSPECTOR (Peter White-Dean Yendall) 52.5kg (8)
Eden Roc Added to Inaugural Inglis Chairmans SaleTue, 7 Mar 2017
Highly promising stakes-placed 2YO Eden Roc is the latest addition to The Chairman’s Sale - Elite Racing Prospects, with owner Alan Bell to offer the colt for sale in the historic Newmarket ring two days before Day 1 of The Championships. Eden Roc (Star Witness x Hilton Head) became the most expensive yearling by his sire when selling for $750,000 last year, and in his three career starts to date the colt’s raw ability has matched his good looks. The strapping chestnut was runner-up on debut behind Exceeds, then placed third behind Veranillo in the Listed ATC Lonhro Plate before a fast finishing 1.1L fourth in the Gr2 ATC Skyline Stakes last start. Bell is a renowned judge of elite racehorses, having purchased Australian Champion Sprinters Schillaci and Primacy, WFA star and Champion Older Horse Grand Armee, and current hot sire prospects Deep Field and Star Turn. “He has always shown tremendous ability, being right up there with the best two-year-olds in our stable. Being closely related to Star Turn he has similar traits and strength, and only with time will Eden Roc keep improving," said co-trainer Michael Hawkes. Eden Roc’s sire Star Witness has quickly established himself as one of Australia’s top young stallions. His stakes winning progeny this current racing season include dual Gr1 winner Global Glamour and exciting filly Fuhryk. Entries for the Elite Racing Prospects session of The Chairman’s Sale close on Monday 27 March. The auction will then be held at 6pm on Thursday 30 March at Newmarket.
Newmarket Next for Veteran SprinterWed, 1 Mar 2017
Trainer Joe Pride has confirmed that evergreen sprinter Terravista (Captain Rio-Parfore, by Gold Brose) will have his next run in Saturday week's $1.25 million Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington. The 7YO claimed his second win at the highest level, and his first win since October 2015, when storming home to defeat Spieth and Star Turn in the Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington eleven days ago. Pride said he was satisfied with Terravista's allocated weight of 56.5kg which is 1.5kg less than top weight Chautauqua. "He always runs well at Flemington and I was happy enough with that weight," Pride told racenet. "I think the three-year-olds have probably got in a bit light; considering we've won the same amount of Group Ones as Extreme Choice and it's taken us almost 20 more starts to do it." He added: "But I'm happy with Terravista and this was more or less the plan with him all along." Pride has also indicated Terravista could be aimed at the inaugural running of the $10 million The Everest (1200m) in October.
Terravista Wins Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning StakesMon, 20 Feb 2017
At Flemington in Melbourne, NZ Westbury Stud shuttler Captain Rio (Pivotal-Beloved Visitor, by Miswaki) celebrated an elite success when 7YO chestnut gelding Terravista (Captain Rio-Parfore, by Gold Brose) scored by 0.1 length for trainer Joseph Pride in the $750,000 weight-for-age Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Spieth (Thorn Park-Stella Livia, by Titus Livius) & 3YO colt Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold). Terravista's surprise win improved his record to 11 wins (including the Gr1 Darley Classic, Gr2 Shorts, Gr3 Show County Handicap, Gr3 Liverpool City Cup & Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 Lightning Stakes, Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes, Gr1 Newmarket Handicap & Listed Festival Stakes) from 25 starts for $2,465,005 earnings. "It was bad luck for the three-year-olds trying to become stallions but my bloke is just so honest and really deserved to win another Group One," trainer Joe Pride told Racing.com. Pride said Terravista was now likely to be aimed at the inaugural running of the $10 million The Everest (1200m) in October. "The temptation is to take him away to Hong Kong or Ascot, he's got invites to both...but with that race [The Everest] coming up, I feel I have to have the horse ready for that race," he said. Out of the excellent producer Parfore, Terravista is a half- brother to Gr1 winner Tiger Tees, Singapore Horse Of The Year Super Easy, Listed winner Our Lukas, and a full-brother to Gr1 performer Ball Of Muscle.
Terravista (image: Mark Gatt)
Top 3YOs Battle For Lightning FavouritismFri, 17 Feb 2017
Two of the best 3YO colts, from what is a vintage crop, are involved in pre race jousting before tomorrow's Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington. Both Flying Artie and Star Turn are taking turns to swap leads at the head of a market that can't settle on a favourite. The duo is around the $4.80 mark, although both of them have the year older Spieth nipping at their heels at $5. With Terravista, Flamberge, The Quarterback, Supido and Heatherly also among the main chances, this year's renewal is expected to be a thriller right down to the wire. Adding to the intrigue is Illustrious Lad, who has not finished out of the first two in his past seven starts. It could be a big day for Vinery Stud, co-owners of Star Turn who will stand at their Hunter Valley property at the end of his race career. Vinery's icing on the cake could come earlier in the Listed Talindert Stakes where four 2YOs by resident stallion and Champion 3YO All Too Hard are among the chances to provide their high profile sire with his first winner.
Lightning Stakes Field & Barrier DrawThu, 16 Feb 2017
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $750,000 weight-for-age Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) to be run at Flemington this Saturday, 18 February. Star colt Flying Artie, a brilliant winner of the stallion-making Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes in the spring, is the current $4 Tab favourite, ahead of fellow 3YO and Coolmore Stud Stakes third placegetter Star Turn at $4.40, and progressive sprinter Spieth at $6. The only other runners under double-figure odds are Supido at $8, as well as Heatherly and veteran sprinter Terravista at $9. The final field is:
- TERRAVISTA (Joseph Pride-Corey Brown) 58.5kg (9)
- FLAMBERGE (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 58.5kg (1)
- THE QUARTERBACK (Robbie Griffiths-Matthew Allen) 58.5kg (12)
- COUNTERATTACK (Chris Waller) 58.5kg (6)
- ILLUSTRIOUS LAD (Peter Gelagotis-Anthony Darmanin) 58.5kg (8)
- FAATINAH (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-Regan Bayliss) 58.5kg (11)
- SPIETH (Bryce Heys-Hugh Bowman) 58.5kg (5)
- SUPIDO (Michael Kent-Luke Nolen) 58.5kg (10)
- ORUJO (Shawn Mathrick) 58.5kg (13)
- HEATHERLY (Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-D Lane) 56.5kg (3)
- FLYING ARTIE (Mick Price-Damien Oliver) 55.5kg (4)
- STAR TURN (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-D Dunn) 55.5kg (2)
- MISSROCK (Robbie Laing-Craig Williams) 53.5kg (7)
VRC To Celebrate Black Caviar The Great Horse RacedayTue, 14 Feb 2017
The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) will host Black Caviar, The Great Horse Raceday this Saturday 18 February 2017 marking the finale of summer racing at Flemington. Black Caviar, The Great Horse Raceday, featuring the $750,000 Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m), will combine the excitement of world-class thoroughbred racing with a taste of Asian culture. VRC Chief Executive Simon Love said the day is designed to entice new audiences to Flemington as part of the Club’s Asian strategy and reinvigorate the current offering. “Black Caviar, The Great Horse Raceday is part of the VRC’s increased focus on engaging with Melbourne’s diverse community,” he said. “We want to attract new racegoers and diversify the occasion for existing customers by offering a taste of our multicultural city through Asian experiences focused on racing, food and entertainment.” The Black Caviar Lightning marks the commencement of the 2017 Global Sprint Challenge, which will see the world’s best sprinters compete in a ten-race series, with US$1 million on offer to any horse that is able to win three of the ten races across three different countries. The Black Caviar Lightning has attracted a large number of nominations, with 16 sprinters vying to win the first major Australian sprint race of 2017. Nominations include the 2016 Newmarket Handicap winner The Quarterback, 2016 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Flying Artie, and fellow Gr1 winners Flamberge and Terravista. Chasing Group 1 success for the first time will be speedy mares Heatherly and Sheidel, as well as Spieth, Fell Swoop, and Star Turn, who came so close to a Group 1 victory over the 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival.