Starspangledbanner leads freshmen at Magic Millions

Rosemont Stud sire Starspangledbanner topped the first-season leader-board at the Magic Millions with 6 selling at an average of $127,500.

Top of the dial was the chestnut colt from She’s Alluring that realised $240,000.  He is a half-brother to last year G1 ATC Champagne Stakes placegetter Fast And Sexy.

Three Bridges Thoroughbreds sold him to Brad Spicer who also bought and syndicated Starspangledbanner as a yearling.

Starspangledbanner (Choisir) experienced fertility problems after retiring to Coolmore Stud in 2011, however, the half-dozen that changed hands on the Gold Coast are part of a first southern crop that numbers 39 yearlings.

Rosemont Stud owner Anthony Mithen and his team at the Gnarwarre nursery have worked overtime to ensure Starspangledbanner has a realistic, if restricted, future at stud.

Starspangledbanner was foaled and raised at Rosemount when it was part of the Makybe complex at Gnarwarre.  “Our vet has put so much time into this project,” Mithen said.  “It’s been a massive effort by everyone here at Rosemont and it was pleasing to see his fertility improved in 2013.”

Starspangledbanner was a Group 1 winner of the Caulfield Guineas and Oakleigh Plate in Australia plus the Golden Jubilee Stakes and July Cup in England.

Besides his Danehill male line, Starspangledbanner has impressive maternal breeding.  His dam is a former smart Adelaide juvenile by Made of Gold, an American produced descendant of Star Kingdom paternally, and from National Song, a half-sister by Vain to Circles of Gold, dam of Australian champions Elvstroem and Haradasun.

Remarkably, Starspangledbanner, Choisir, Elvstroem and Haradasun all won Group1 races in both hemispheres.