The Stars aligned at Royal Ascot

On the eve of this year’s G1 Diamond Jubilee, we take a look back at the victory of Rosemont Stud’s new stallion recruit Starspangledbanner, winner of the 2010 G1 Golden Jubilee to reveal just what an impressive victory it was.

Heading to Royal Ascot as the winner of the G1 Caulfield Guineas and the G1 Oakleigh Plate, having defeated some of the very best Australia and New Zealand had to offer, Starspangledbanner joined the stable of the internationally-acclaimed Aiden O’Brien.

Under his tutelage, the Choisir colt started first up in the G2 York Stakes over 1200m, and while some may have seen his fifth placed finish as slightly disappointing, his connections surely had bigger fish to fry.

Starting in the G1 Golden Jubilee at his second start in Europe, the Johnny Murtagh-ridden colt jumped away well from his gate before being pushed over to the stand-side rail, and that is where he stayed for the duration of the race.

Exploding away with about 200m to go, Starspangledbanner went on to record an impressive time of 1.12.57, in fact it was the second fastest time recorded for the race at Royal Ascot since the race was elevated to G1 status in 2002.

The quickest time achieved in the 12 years that the race has been run at the elite level was achieved in 2003, by none of than Starspangledbanner’s sire Choisir, who is also grand-son of the immortal Danehill, who won the race himself in 1989 when the race was known as the G3 Cork and Orrey Stakes.

While Starspangledbanner may only have the second quickest time on record, he can lay claim to having the largest winning margin, defeating Society Rock by one-and-three-quarter lengths, with the son of Rock Of Gibraltar taking out the race out in his own right 12 months later.

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Going on to claim Newmarket's G1 July Cup at his next start where he defeated Equiano, a dual winner of the G1 King’s Stand Stakes and now Swettenham Stud stallion, Starspangledbanner then finished second in the G1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York behind Sole Power, who was too good on the open day of this year’s Royal Ascot carnival, winning the G1 King’s Stand Stakes by a neck from Champion South African galloper Shea Shea.

Retiring to Rosemont Stud this season with an impressive resume of seven wins and a further five placed efforts from 23 starts and over $2.2 million in earnings, as well as the titles of Champion Sprinter in Europe, Great Britain and Ireland in 2010, Champion Sprinter in Australia in 2009-10 and Aust-Bred International Sprinter in 2009-10, Starspangledbanner will cover a limited book of mares this season and with interests very strong in the strapping chestnut, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Anthony Mithen on 0413486767 or amithen@rosemontstud.com.au or Dean Harvey on 0408641424 or dean@rosemontstud.com.au.

To watch a replay of Starspangledbanner's victory in the G1 Golden Jubilee click the play button below. Alternatively you can head over to Starspangledbanner's Stallion page.




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