Gnarwarre-based nursery Rosemont Stud reports Starspangledbanner has 16 mares in foal to northern-hemisphere time.
The Group 1 racehorse and sire was originally booked to shuttle to Coolmore Ireland but a bout of colic ruled him out of a return trip to Co. Tipperary in 2015. His stock are hot property in Europe after the success of The Wow Signal (G1 Prix Morny), Anthem Alexander (G2 Queen Mary Stakes) and Home Of The Brave (G3 Minstrel Stakes).
Rosemont Stud owner Anthony Mithen put him over a small book here in Victoria earlier this year and was happy with the results for the fertility-challenged but highly successful sire. “He covered 32 mares and ended up with 16 in foal, so 50 per cent spot-on,” Mithen said. “He has stakes-winning Tapit mare Noisy Feet in foal as well as Marcia Proba, a Falbrav half-sister to glamour Australian racemare Sweet Idea.
“Both will make their way up to Europe to be sold at either Tattersalls or Arqana later in the year, along with a couple of other northern-hemisphere in-foal mares.”
With his oldest southern-hemisphere progeny two year-olds, Starspangledbanner has had 5 Australian winners from 14 runners led by Group 3 winner Of the Brave. He stands at Rosemont Stud this spring at a fee of $44,000 (inc gst).