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Starspangledbanner Fades In Track Return
Meanwhile, 4-time Gr1-winning Australian & European Champion sprinter Starspangledbanner (Choisir-Gold Anthem, by Made Of Gold) made a disappointing return to the track in Ireland's Gr3 Patrick P O'Leary Memorial Phoenix Sprint Stakes (6.5 furlongs) at the Curragh when fading over the concluding stages to finish last of the 6 runners. Unraced since September 10, "on-going fertility issues" were behind the decision to return him to the track. The race was won by multiple Group-winning filly Fire Lily (Dansili-Beauty Is Truth, by Pivotal).