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Star Turn Retired to Vinery

Friday, 31st March 2017

Star Turn has been retired to Vinery Stud and he bows out with a ringing endorsement from trainer John Hawkes. “It’s a stellar crop of three year-olds this season and Star Turn was a brilliant athlete with superb on-pace speed. He was ‘push-button’ and a real racehorse.” Star Turn demonstrated his natural precocity from an early age by taking out the ATC Pierro Plate in October before running in Australia’s feature Gr1 juvenile races, the Blue Diamond Stakes and Golden Slipper. He commenced his 3YO season with a dominant victory in the Gr3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill producing a breathtaking turn of foot to turn the tables on Golden Slipper winner Capitalist. Sent to Melbourne, Star Turn showed another brilliant burst of acceleration to defeat older horses at weight-for-age in the Gr2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield in a slick 1:02.89, before signing off his spring campaign with an unlucky third in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington. In the Autumn Star Turn again met older horses, placing every time in three Group 1 sprints, the Lightning Stakes, the Newmarket Handicap and the William Reid Stakes. Vinery’s General Manager Peter Orton said Star Turn had been identified early as a potential stallion prospect. “We had been tracking him since his first win as an early 2yo at Randwick but it was his 3yo campaign that impressed us the most.  He’s the colt we rated of the current crop to stand at Vinery.” Orton added: “He has pedigree, performance and physique, all essential qualities we look for in a stallion.” A $400,000 yearling, Star Turn is by emerging Gr1-winning sire Star Witness out of the stakes-winning mare Golden Delicious. He is a half-brother to Gr1-placed Hong Kong sprinter Straight Gold and a three-quarter brother to exciting 2YO Eden Roc who will target feature races in Hong Kong after being purchased for $900,000 at yesterday’s Inglis Chairman’s Sale – Elite Racing Prospects in Sydney. Star Turn will arrive at Vinery Stud shortly in preparation for his first season at stud in 2017.

Star Turn

Star Turn will debut at Vinery in 2017 (pic: racing.com)
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