A Powerhouse Sprinter and the ONLY 3yo colt retiring to Stud this season that measured up to WFA Gr.1 in the Autumn.
Star Turn retires in 2017 following a three start Autumn campaign highlighted by Gr.1 WFA placings in the Lightning Stakes, Newmarket Hcp and William Reid Stakes.
Not just a 3yo! In a stellar crop of colts, Star Turn drew first blood as a Spring 2yo in the Pierro Plate at Randwick before 2nd to Flying Artie in Blue Diamond Prelude in the Autumn before his only unplaced runs (5th and 6th in Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper respectively).
Star Turn returned for a 3yo Spring campaign with a dominant victory over Golden Slipper winner Capitalist in the San Domenico Stakes Gr.3 and was never again unplaced despite taking on all comers.
Sent to Melbourne, he produced another brilliant burst of acceleration to win the WFA G2 Schillaci Stakes against older horses (Malaguerra, Fell Swoop) and then signed off with a third in the G1 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 stayed in Melbourne at WFA level for the Autumn of 2017 with a trio of Gr.1 placings in some of Australia’s premier Sprints for older horses.
He was unplaced only twice (both as a 2yo) and retires after 12 starts and as one of the toughest 3yo Sprinters of his crop.
His sire Star Witness was a Group 1 winner as a two and three year-old and he heads this season’s third-crop sires’ premiership with earnings over $4 million. From a Blacktype female line, Star Turn is an obvious outcross option.
1st ATC (Randwick) Pierro 2YO P. (1100m)
2nd MRC Blue Diamond Prelude (c&g), Gr.3 (1100m to Flying Artie and beating China Dream)
1st MRC Schillaci S., Gr.2 (1100m beating Malaguerra and Fell Swoop), ATC (Rosehill) San Domenico S., Gr.3 (1100m beating Capitalist, Tango Rain and Kentucky Miss)
2nd ATC (Rosehill) Run to the Rose H., Gr.2 (1200m to Astern and beating Impending)
3rd Lightning S., Gr.1 (1000m to Terravista and Spieth), Newmarket H., Gr.1 (1200m to Redkirk and Voodoo Lad), MVRC William Reid S., Gr.1 (1200m to Silent Sedition and Hellbent), VRC Coolmore Stud S., Gr.1 (1200m to Flying Artie, Astern beating Extreme Choice, Russian Revolution)
World Thoroughbred Ranking: 118 (in 2016).
Retired to stud in 2017. His first crop are due to arrive this Spring, so will be racing in the 2020/21 season.