Astronomer Royal filly Stellar Path matched her G3 Prix des Reservoirs win at Deauville in 2013 with another victory at that level in New York on Saturday.
Stellar Path (4f Astronomer Royal – America Nova by Verglas) crossed the Atlantic earlier this year and improved her career card to 7 wins in 18 starts in the G3 Athenia Stakes (1700m) on turf at Belmont Park. Angled off the fence by Joel Rosario, she found space in the straight to outlast longshot Wiener Valkyrie and Group 2 winner Lady Lara.
“It was a great ride by Joel,” trainer Cristophe Clement said. “This filly has been a bit unlucky all year long. She’s a touch difficult to ride but Joel came and worked her last weekend and everything worked out.”
Stellar Path was purchased by her new owners for 380,000 euros (AUD 557,555) at the 2014 Arqana December Sale. Like her older brother Weary, she was bred in France by Australian-operated agency SF Bloodstock.
Weary had been exported to Australia a year earlier to win the G2 Expressway Stakes and G3 Doncaster Prelude. He is raced by Geoff and Mary Grimish after changing hands for 145,000 euros (AUD 208,450) at the 2013 Arqana October Sale.
Astronomer Royal (Danzig) won the 2007 French 2000 Guineas and was also placed in that year’s French Derby. He initially shuttled to Blue Gum Farm and Eliza Park International before relocating to Riverbank Farm in Benalla earlier this year.
Studmaster Russell Osborne stands Astronomer Royal for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee.