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Starspangledbanner Top-Weight For UK Gr2 Sprint
In the UK, Australia's dual Gr1-winning 3YO colt Starspangledbanner (Choisir-Gold Anthem, by Made Of Gold) heads the weights in a 12-runner line up for his British debut in tomorrow's Gr2 Duke Of York Blue Square Stakes (6 furlongs) at York on the opening day of the Dante meeting. 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 3rd line of early betting at 5-1.