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Starspangledbanner Entered For UK Gr2 Sprint
Dual Gr1-winning 3YO colt Starspangledbanner (Choisir-Gold Anthem, by Made Of Gold) "who in March parted company with his native Australia as one of the southern hemisphere's top sprinters, could attempt to make a perfect start to his life in Europe next Wednesday after being confirmed for the Gr2 Duke Of York Blue Square Stakes (6 furlongs)" reported racingpost.com. In his final Australian appearance, Starspangledbanner finished 3rd against the cream of Australia's older sprinters in March's Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington, after previously winning both February's Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) against older rivals at Caulfield & last October's Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) against his own age. Starspangledbanner (now trained by Coolmore's Ballydoyle-based Aidan O'Brien) has been allocated top-weight of 9st 12lb at York & is on the 4th line of early betting at 7-1, behind top local sprinters Main Aim, Millionmileanhour, Showcasing & Serious Attitude.