Starspangledbanner who is standing at Rosemont Stud this Spring, added a new Group 1 winner to his name. Over the weekend, Millisle the speedy two-year-old filly won the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket, UK. The filly displayed an impressive turn of foot as she rose to victory winning by more than a length.
“It was a stunning win. He now has two Group 1 winning two-year-olds and he continues to bat well above his average in terms of percentages. The sky is the limit now that he is back to full fertility and is able to produce sizeable racing crop.”stated Anthony Mithen of Rosemont Stud.
Millisle is trained by Jessica Harrington and the filly has been very consistent with three wins and two seconds from five starts.
‘As soon as Millisle hit the rising ground she lengthened her stride’ remarked Jessica Harrington.
Following his move to Victoria, Anthony confirmed the stallion has been very well received and of course the success on the track aides this popularity.
“We do limit his book as we want to give everyone the chance to get their mare in foal. I restricted him to one hundred mares and we got really good results with his fertility. In Ireland they have ramped things up over the last couple of seasons, so they obviously have a bit of confidence in him.” explained Anthony.
Following Starspangledbanners’ European season, to date one hundred mares have been scanned in foal this year which is impressive statistic. Following the weekend success there has been increased interest in Starspangledbanner and Anthony is looking at adding to the book of mares to accommodate this.
“People wait for those results and make sure that the Stallions are still heading on an upward scale. There is no doubt that his upward curve is going to go vertical.”
On Saturday, Brooklyn Hustle will be stepping out at Flemington over 1100m. This three-year-old filly is one of Starspangledbanners’ most exciting spring contenders.
“She threw herself in the spotlight after the win at Moonee Valley as it was fairly explosive. There is anticipation about her return this Saturday, and the one horse that a few people are waiting on. Brooklyn Hustle is exciting for us as we still own her and bred her, and I think she is very much Stakes class.”
There are a number of Starspangledbanner’s progeny that will look to add Stakes winnings to their repertoire over the next month of Spring racing.
Currently standing at 85% fertility rate, his performance in the breeding shed are corresponding to the success on the racetrack.
“Breeders are reluctant with horses that have had fertility issues as naturally without a pregnancy you haven’t got a product. However, adding to his popularity is the confidence that the market now has. He is back to full fertility and a normal operating stallion that gets mares in foal at a similar rate to I am Invincble or Snitzel and the very best stallions around. There is no concern that you are going to end up with an empty mare at the end of the season.”
Starspangledbanner stands at Rosemont Stud at a fee of $22,000.