The 2011 Magic Millions Yearling Sale in January has received a tremendous boost with news the yearling half brother to Starspangledbanner will go under the hammer at the Gold Coast sale.
The colt, a September 3 foaling at Makybe in Victoria, is a member of the first crop of Makybe’s resident young sire Purrealist (Tale of the Cat). He is the latest yearling product of the exceptionally bred and top producing Made of Gold mare Gold Anthem.
Magic Millions’ South Australian and Victorian Manager Tim Brown has inspected the colt and was suitably impressed. “He’s got plenty of size and scope,” Brown said. “Come January he’s going to look a very mature yearling and will appeal to every trainer.”
As well as Starspangledbanner’s half brother, Brown has inspected a number of youngster by Makybe’s exciting young sire Purrealist. “I have seen a number of Purrealist yearlings and I’ve been impressed by their quality and attitude,” he added.
Starspangledbanner shot to prominence in Australia by winning five races including the Caulfield Guineas and Oakleigh Plate when prepared by Leon Corstens. Purchased by the powerful Coolmore Stud operation, he was transferred to Aidan O’Brien where at his past two runs he’s won the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and the July Cup at Newmarket.