Star Turn was a Powerhouse Sprinter and the ONLY 3yo colt of his generation who measured up to weight-for-age (WFA) Gr.1 racing in the Autumn.
But he wasn’t just a phenomenal 3yo! In a stellar crop of colts, Star Turn drew first blood as a Spring 2yo in the Pierro Plate at Randwick before a 2nd to Flying Artie in the Blue Diamond Prelude in the Autumn. His only unplaced runs in a 12 start career were 5th and 6th in Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper respectively.
It’s not surprising that he was a pre-Christmas juvenile winner given his precocious pedigree. He is by Gr.1 Blue Diamond-winning Star Witness, who won 3 of his 4 2yo starts and is from 5-time Stakes winning sprinter Golden Delicious.
As a 3yo Star Turn returned for a Spring campaign with a dominant victory over Golden Slipper winner Capitalist in the San Domenico Stakes Gr.3 and was then sent to Melbourne, where he produced another brilliant burst of acceleration to win the WFA Gr.2 Schillaci Stakes against older horses (Malaguerra, Fell Swoop). He signed off with a credible third in the Gr.1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. Trainer John Hawkes put the result into perspective. “Give us the winner’s run and we win. Simple as that.”
Star Turn retired in 2017 following a three start Autumn campaign highlighted by Group 1 WFA placings in some of Australia’s premier sprints; the Lightning Stakes, Newmarket Hcp and William Reid Stakes.
He is passing this strength and precocity onto his progeny and Vinery repeatedly got reports from stud masters branding a Star Turn as their best foal of 2018. Only a small number of his first crop weanlings hit the sale rings in 2019, selling to $90,000 at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.
“I am very pleased with our Star Turn foals. They are very much like him – strong and forward with a lot of presence. We will be using him again this season for sure.” – Wayne Alchin, co-owner of Carramar Park
The first precocious yearlings by Star Turn sold in 2020. There was a lot of excitement surrounding them thanks to their strength, precocity and forward types. Star Turn was represented by 15 youngsters at the Magic Millions in January, where they sold up to $550,000 and averaged over 10x covering fee in Book 1.
This great momentum carried over to the Inglis Classic Sale where he was the second most represented first season sire with 27 yearlings selected for the sale. Three sold for $140,000 and another 10 sold for $60,000 or over – that’s an extremely exciting return for breeders who paid a $22,000 service fee.
Across 2020 Star Turn ended up having 15 yearlings sell for six figures and ending up in the stables of Chris Waller, Peter & Paul Snowden, Hawkes Racing, Tony & Calvin McEvoy, Mick Price & Mick Kent Jr, Kris Lees, Kelly Schweida, Simon Ellerton & Matthew Zahra… and many more greats of the industry.
His first 2y0’s hit the official trials in September 2020 and immediately turned heads. His first to the trials was Astrologer (2c x Fast ‘N’ Witty) who lapped the field in the straight and won his trial at Kensington on the 21st of September. A week later his colt Montana Flash (x Dukemore) displayed an exciting turn of foot to win his trial at Rosehill.
Star Turn is an excellent outcross option and has received phenomenal support from breeders, with full books in his first three seasons at stud.
|At 2 :||ATC (Randwick) Pierro 2YO P. (1100m), 2d MRC Blue Diamond Prelude (c&g), Gr.3 (1100m to Flying Artie and beating China Dream)|
|At 3 :||MRC Schillaci S., Gr.2 (1100m beating Malaguerra and Fell Swoop), ATC (Rosehill) San Domenico S., Gr.3 (1100m beating Tango Rain and Kentucky Miss), 2d ATC (Rosehill) Run to the Rose H., Gr.2 (1200m to Astern and beating Impending), 3d VRC Coolmore Stud S., Gr.1 (1200m to Flying Artie and Astern), Lightning S., Gr.1 (1000m to Terravista and Spieth), Newmarket H., Gr.1 (1200m to Redkirk Warrior and Voodoo Lad), MVRC William Reid S., Gr.1 (1200m to Silent Sedition and Hellbent)|
World Thoroughbred Ranking: 118 (in 2016), 116 (in 2017).
|STAR WITNESS (AUS)|
GW 4 wins
f:746 r:566 w:355 SW:18
GW 11 wins
f:710 r:566 w:340 SW:20
GW 8 wins
f:1102 r:905 w:522 SW:37
f:6 r:6 w:6 SW:2
GW 7 wins
f:10 r:9 w:8 SW:2
SP 3 wins
f:606 r:529 w:380 SW:17
|Pure of Heart||Godswalk||2|
Wnr 1 win
f:16 r:13 w:11 SW:4
|Last Tycoon||Try My Best||8|
|Etoile d'Or||Diplomatic Star||22|
|GOLDEN DELICIOUS (AUS)|
GW 13 wins
f:6 r:6 w:6 SW:1
|Made of Gold|
GW 5 wins
f:487 r:436 w:300 SW:17
GW 5 wins
f:564 r:332 w:240 SW:29
|Tell Meno Lies||The Axe||1|
f:10 r:6 w:2 SW:2
|Heavenly Body||Dark Star||3|
Wnr 6 wins
f:8 r:6 w:4 SW:1
|Pre Emptive Strike|
SW 7 wins
f:123 r:102 w:74 SW:8
|Blushing Groom||Red God||8|
|Marry Me Maria|
Wnr 7 wins
f:5 r:5 w:3
|My Heart||Princely Gift||13|
|Regal Waters||Above Water||1|
|Queen of Egypt||1|
MADE OF GOLD 5 wins-2 at 2-from 6f to 8½f, £105,178, 200,000fr., US$81,140, Ascot Royal Lodge S., Gr.2, 2d Longchamp Prix de la Salamandre, Gr.1, Goodwood Vintage S., Gr.3, Newmarket July S., Gr.3. Sire of winners of over $22 million - 17 stakes winners, inc. OPEN CUT, MAITLAND GOLD, SMYTZER'S RIVALRY, GILDED ANGEL, GOLDEN DELICIOUS, GOLD CRYSTAL, MINT OF GOLD, COSMIC STRIKE, VIMA, MY GOLDEN BRACELET, etc. Maternal sire of winners of over $26 million - 10 stakes winners, inc. STARSPANGLEDBANNER, STAR TURN, MERYL, GIVEN VISION, MISS CONDITION, SUPER GOLD, RIVER'S LANE, SHE GOES TO RIO, MISSION TYCOON, UNTAMED DIAMOND.
GOLDEN DELICIOUS, by Made of Gold. 13 wins-4 at 2-at 1000m, 1200m, A$497,290, WATC Prince of Wales S., Gr.3, Colonel Reeves S., L, HG Bolton Sprint H., L-twice, MVRC William Crockett S., L, WATC O'Grady Lefroy H., Budget Just Rewards H., Fernville Stud H., Jungle Patrol 2YO H., Carbine Club Welter H., Readersmart 2YO H., Full on Aces 2YO H., Bayswater 2YO H., 2d WATC Belmont Newmarket H., L, SAJC Pink Diamond Trophy H., MRC Queen Elizabeth II Classic, WATC Cadenas Welter H., Perth Ice Works Trophy H., Queen of Pop H., Sorrento 3YO H., 3d WATC Winterbottom S., Gr.2, Roma Cup, Gr.3, Colonel Reeves S., L, MRC Sir John Monash S., L, 4th VRC Gilgai S., Gr.3, WATC Beaufine S., L. Dam of six foals, all winners-
STAR TURN (c. by Star Witness). Subject horse.
Straight Gold (g. by Stratum). 6 wins-1 at 2-to 1100m, A$136,450, HK$5,344,000, HKJC Singapore Turf Club Trophy H., STC Lynch Flowers H., HKJC Ho Chung H., 2d HKJC Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup, L, Bauhinia Sprint Trophy, L, Cranbourne TC Apache Cat Classic, HKJC Victoria Racing Club H., Swiftlet H., Lucky Owners H., 3d ATC Silver Slipper S., Gr.2, VRC Dilmah Earl Grey S., L, HKJC Happy Valley Trophy H., Bailey H., 4th ATC Todman S., Gr.2, HKJC Bauhinia Sprint Trophy, L.
Hilton Head (f. by Fastnet Rock). Winner at 2, BRC Austin Pool Services 2YO P. Dam of-
Eden Roc - Sunny Boy (H.K.) (Star Witness). 3 wins at 1200m, A$39,250, HK$3,276,250, to 2020-21, HKJC Tai Tam Bay H., Victoria Harbour H., Purves Quaich H., 2d ATC Australian Fire Hose 2YO P., HKJC Sports Club Diamond Jubilee Challenge H., 3d ATC Lonhro P., L, HKJC Po Yan H., 4th ATC Skyline S., Gr.2.
Cordilla. 4 wins at 1400m, 1450m, A$136,585, to 2020-21, VRC Rivette Series Final, 3d MRC Ladbrokes Switch H.
Jerry's Witness. Winner at 1000m in Aust.
Shufoog (f. by Star Witness). Winner at 1150m, 2d Kenilworth Need for Speed Sprint.
Pinova (f. by Fastnet Rock). Winner at 1100m, 2d ATC Gallipoli H. Dam of-
Luiselli. 2 wins at 1200m, 1300m in 2020-21, MRC Tile Importer H., 3d MRC Remembering Ray Huxley H.
The Executioner. 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1000m, 1200m, A$201,542, to 2019-20, SAJC Mypunter.com 2YO H., 2d Bendigo JC 2YO Gold Rush, SAJC Magic Millions Supports National Jockeys Trust H., 3d MVRC Ranvet H.
Quadcopter. 5 wins at 1200m, 1400m, S$246,315, to 2020, Singapore TC Victoria Racing Club Trophy, Risky Business H., Class 4 H.-twice, 2d Singapore TC Novice P.-twice, Class 4 H., 3d Singapore TC Class 4 H.-3 times.
Braeburn - Miracle (Sing.) (g. by Stratum). Winner at 1100m in 2019-20 in Aust.
BAROSSA GOURMET, by Pre Emptive Strike. 6 wins to 1200m, Oakbank RC Nescafe Cappuccino H. Dam of 8 named foals, 6 to race, 4 winners, inc:-
GOLDEN DELICIOUS (Made of Gold). 13 wins. See above.
Barossa Music. Winner at 1000m in Aust. Dam of-
Mio Fratello. 9 wins-1 at 2-from 1000m to 1600m, A$169,545, WATC Westspeed 3YO H., Ryan's Meats H., Connector Drilling H., Brett Nazzari H., Ozbet.com.au H., 2d WATC Westspeed 3YO H.-twice, 3d WATC Legacy Laurel Clubs H., Festival of Perth Racing H.
MARRY ME MARIA, by My Heart. 7 wins-2 at 2-from 1100m to 1600m in Aust. Dam of 5 foals, all raced, 3 winners, inc:-
Just for Maria. 7 wins to 1400m, Oakbank RC Colour Courts H., 2d VATC St. Clair H., SAJC Lord Dudley H., 3d SAJC Heritage Week Graduation S. Producer.
Barossa Gourmet. 6 wins. See above.
Vintage Delight. Unplaced. Dam of-
Cash Exchange (Real Cash). 5 wins from 1050m to 1650m, SAJC Nakayama H., 2d SAJC Legacy Tony's Tuna International H., 3d SAJC Christmas H., Gr.3, Marsh H., KPMG Assurance & Advisory H.
REGAL WATERS, by Above Water. Unraced. Half-sister to Blue Nile, Royal Biscay, Bedrock (dam of SON O'BISCAY). Dam of 3 foals, all raced, 2 winners, inc:-
Marry Me Maria. 7 wins. See above.
STAR TURN 3 wins-1 at 2-at 1100m, A$877,300, MRC Schillaci S., Gr.2, ATC San Domenico S., Gr.3, Pierro 2YO P., 2d ATC Run to the Rose H., Gr.2, MRC Blue Diamond Prelude (c&g), Gr.3, 3d VRC Newmarket H., Gr.1, Lightning S., Gr.1, Coolmore Stud S., Gr.1, MVRC William Reid S., Gr.1, ATC Antler Luggage Kirkham 2YO P.. He entered stud in Aust. in 2017. Sire of 19 progeny to race, 2 winners (10.0%), earnings of over $470,000, 2 stakes placegetters, inc.
Pegasi (18c, Charge Forward, Danehill Dancer). Winner at 2 in 2020-21, A$211,560, 3d ATC Inglis 2YO Millennium, RL.
Astrologer (18c, Fastnet Rock, Distorted Humor). Placed at 2 in 2020-21, 3d ATC Breeders' P., Gr.3, 4th BRC BJ McLachlan S., Gr.3.
Miss Hipstar (18f, Not a Single Doubt, Spartacus). 2 wins at 2 in 2020-21, A$90,750, BRC Mirvac Tulloch House 2YO H., 3d GCTC Gold Pearl 2YO H.
Stellar Magic (18f, Magic Albert, Bianconi). Placed at 2 in 2020-21, 2d BRC Create Your Calendar 2YO P.
Galaxy Cat (18f, One Cool Cat, Zabeel). Placed at 2 in 2020-21, 2d WATC Crown Perth 2YO P.
Impact Star (18g, No Excuse Needed, Centaine). Placed at 2 in 2020-21.
Beautiful Tune (18f, Authorized, Quest for Fame). Placed at 2 in 2020-21.
Headliner (18f, More Than Ready, Flying Spur). Placed at 2 in 2020-21, 2d ATC Paul Hoffman 2YO H.
Avolonte (18f, Testa Rossa, Encosta de Lago). Placed at 2 in 2020-21, 3d BRC Hellbent First Crop 2YO P.
Turnstar (18c, More Than Ready, Danehill). Placed at 2 in 2020-21.
Startantes (18f, Easy Rocking, Just Awesome). Placed at 2 in 2020-21.