Star Turn is coping so well in his new role that Vinery has made more nominations available to the son of Star Witness six weeks into the stud season.
Over 150 mares have already been confirmed for Star Turn’s first book and he’s coping without any problems. “He’s proving very fertile,” Vinery’s Conor Phelan reported this week. “He’s very capable and reliable in the barn so we’ve opened him up to a few more mares.”
Star Turn’s introductory service fee is $22,000 (inc gst).
The news coincides with a couple of October highlights for the precocious son of Star Witness who retired this year after a dozen starts in only the best of company.
Star Turn made his debut as an October 2yo in the 2015 Kirkham Plate (1000m) which will be run again at Randwick this Saturday. He finished third in the early-season 2yo sprint and then drew first blood in a stellar crop of colts with a brilliant victory in the Pierro Plate (1100m) back at Randwick a fortnight later.
Returning as a 3yo, he was a dominant winner over Golden Slipper winner Capitalist in the San Domenico Stakes-Gr.3 before travelling to Melbourne. Another brilliant turn of acceleration propelled him to victory in the Schillaci Stakes- WFA Gr.2 against older horses at Caulfield on October 8 last year.
Star Turn retired after reeling of Gr.1 placings in the Coolmore S (3yo), Lightning S, Newmarket S and William Reid S against older horses.
Owner Alan Bell said Star Turn has that X-Factor. “He danced every dance. He never ducked a fight. He was sound, tough, durable and athletic. And he kept going this year after some of the others had already been retired to stud.
“I’m supporting him with my own stakes winning mares,” Bell added. “He’s a proper horse and, like me, Vinery believes he’s an exciting stallion prospect.”
Breeders keen to take advantage of the few noms available to Star Turn should call Vinery on (02) 65 438 333.