Subfertile first-season sire Starspangledbanner, who pulled off a remarkable Royal Ascot double when his son The Wow Signal won the Coventry Stakes and his daughter Anthem Alexander landed the Queen Mary Stakes, will rejoin the Coolmore roster in Ireland next year after completing his second season covering a small, carefully managed book at Rosemont Stud in Australia.
Starspangledbanner’s first crop of European runners has yielded four winners from 12 runners – a smart strike-rate of 33 per cent. His Royal Ascot-winning pair are two of only 33 first crop juveniles.
“He’ll cover his second book of mares at Rosemont in Victoria before heading back to Coolmore after Christmas,” said Coolmore’s Richard Henry. “He’s done so well and made such an exciting start, it would be foolish not to have him back.
“A fee for the horse will be decided at a later date.”
The seven-year-old son of Choisir won four Group 1 races, including the Golden Jubilee Stakes and July Cup, before being retired to Coolmore, where he stood for two years.
Starspangledbanner returned to training in 2012 and after failing to score in six attempts was given a second chance as a stallion at Anthony Mithen’s Rosemont Stud in Victoria. During his first season at Rosemont Stud last year, Starspangledbanner covered 51 mares, with 24 scanned in foal.
News by Tom Pennington, The Racing Post.