Starspangledbanner did not return to Ireland when the overseas shuttlers flew out of Australia last week.

He’s recovering from a bout of colic and remained at Rosemont Stud in Gnarwarre.  A decision about his return for the 2016 northern breeding season will be reviewed later this year.

Starspangledbanner was based at Coolmore in Ireland for the 2011 and 2012 breeding seasons, however, after encountering fertility problems, he returned to the track and was subsequently repatriated to stand in Victoria.

But after a brilliant start with his first two-year-old runners in Europe last year, Coolmore decided to recall him to Ireland.

Starspangledbanner’s first northern crop yielded 11 winners from 20 runners including the Royal Ascot stakes winners Anthem Alexander and The Wow Signal.  The latter went on to score at the highest level in the Prix Morny at Deauville.

In Australia, the son of Choisir launched his stud career with LR Debutant Stakes winner Of The Brave.  The Mark Riley trained colt is on the fifth line of pre-post markets at $15 for the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield on February 28.

During his first season at Rosemont in 2013, Starspangledbanner covered a restricted book of 51 mares with 33 of them subsequently foaling.

Rosemont owner Anthony Mithen upped his book to 89 mares in 2014.

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