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).
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.
“Star Turn is a magnificent looking stallion” – Kelly Schweida
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.
In 2021 Star Turn is sitting 2nd by winners on the first season sires premiership and has already sired four Stakes performers, headed by 4x winner and Listed Dalrello Stakes winner MISS HIPSTAR. To July 11 he’s sired 17 2yo winners, 16 of those in Australia and is sitting in the Top 3 2yo Sires by winners (even with I Am Invincible).
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:798 r:636 w:395 SW:21
GW 11 wins
f:729 r:579 w:342 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:11 r:10 w:8 SW:3
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 $27 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$3,760,250, to 2020-21, HKJC Tai Tam Bay H., Victoria Harbour H., Purves Quaich H., 2d ATC Australian Fire Hose 2YO P., HKJC Alnwick H., Sports Club Diamond Jubilee Challenge H., 3d ATC Lonhro P., L, HKJC Po Yan H., 4th ATC Skyline S., Gr.2.
Cordilla. 5 wins to 1450m, A$233,335, to 2020-21, VRC Rivette Series Final, MRC Catanach's Jewellers H., 2d MRC Ive Print H., 3d MRC Ladbrokes Switch H.
Hammoon Star. 2 wins at 1000m, 1200m in 2021-22 in Aust.
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, S$33,412, SAJC Mypunter.com 2YO H., 2d Bendigo JC 2YO Gold Rush, SAJC Magic Millions Supports National Jockeys Trust H., Singapore TC Class 4 H.-twice, 3d MVRC Ranvet H., Singapore TC Class 4 H., 4th Singapore TC Stewards' Cup, L.
Quadcopter. 5 wins at 1200m, 1400m, S$249,465, 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). 2 wins at 1100m, 1200m to 2021 in Aust. and Singapore, Singapore TC Class 5 H., 3d Singapore TC War Affair S., Aramaayo S.
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.
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 52 progeny to race, 28 winners (53.0%), earnings of over $1.5 million, 1 stakes winner, 3 stakes placegetters, inc.
MISS HIPSTAR (18f, Not a Single Doubt, Spartacus). 4 wins at 2 in 2020-21, A$217,775, BRC Dalrello S., L, Mirvac Tulloch House 2YO H., SCTC Butler McDermott Lawyers Classic 2YO H., 3d GCTC Gold Pearl 2YO H.
Astrologer (18g, Fastnet Rock, Distorted Humor). Winner at 2 in 2020-21, ATC Darley 2021 Roster 2YO H., 2d ATC Darley 2021 Roster 2YO H., 3d ATC Breeders' P., Gr.3, 4th BRC BJ McLachlan S., Gr.3.
Stellar Magic (18f, Magic Albert, Bianconi). 2 wins at 2 in 2020-21, A$115,675, BRC Sky Racing 2YO H., 2d BRC Dalrello S., L, TAB Venue Mode 2YO H., Create Your Calendar 2YO P.
Pegasi (18c, Charge Forward, Danehill Dancer). Winner at 2 in 2020-21, A$213,060, 3d ATC Inglis 2YO Millennium, RL.
Startantes (18f, Easy Rocking, Just Awesome). 5 wins-2 at 2-at 1200m, 1350m to 2021-22, A$225,650, BRC Emery, Mears & Jeffs P., TAB H., TAB Venue Mode 2YO H., Stradbroke Season on Sale 2YO P., Souths Sports Club H., 3d BRC TAB Venue Mode 2YO H.
Beads (18g, Exceed and Excel, Canny Lad). Winner at 2 in 2020-21, WATC Crown Perth 2YO P., 2d WATC Breast Cancer Research Centre 2YO P., Amelia Park 2YO P.
Sonnet Star (18f, Poet's Voice, King's Best). Winner at 2 in 2020-21, A$150,800, Wellington RC Wellington Boot, 2d ATC Charlotte Inglis 2YO H.
Cordyceps Six (18g, Hinchinbrook, Shovhog). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1000m to 2021-22, HKJC Hwamei H., Argonaut Griffin P., 2d HKJC Tung Wan Griffin P.
Galaxy Cat (18f, One Cool Cat, Zabeel). Winner at 2 in 2020-21, WATC Morley Growers Marke 2YO P., 2d WATC Crown Perth 2YO P.
All About Eve (18f, Blackfriars, Bletchley Park). Winner at 2 in 2020-21, A$93,750, 2d MRC Happy 50th Leanne Napper 2YO H.
Avolonte (18f, Testa Rossa, Encosta de Lago). Winner at 2 in 2020-21, 3d BRC Hellbent First Crop 2YO P.
Eagle Hawk Star (18g, Dubleo, Success Express). Winner at 2 in 2020-21, 2d SAJC Mark Naley Tribute H.
Turning (18g, Fastnet Rock, Century). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1000m to 2021-22.
Mensa Maestro (18g, Swiss Ace, Danzero). 2 wins at 1200m in 2021-22.
Rebel County (18g, Fastnet Rock, Success Express). 2 wins at 1400m, 1600m in 2021-22.
Impact Star (18g, No Excuse Needed, Centaine). Winner at 2 in 2020-21.
Mortal Witness (18f, All American, Hussonet). Winner at 2 in 2020-21, 4th MVRC Inglis Banner 2YO S., RL.
Me Me Lagarde (18f, Flying Spur, At Talaq). Winner at 2 in 2020-21, 4th BRC Bill Carter S., L.
My Snow Queen (18f, Casino Prince, Scenic). Winner at 2 in 2020-21.
Beautiful Tune (18f, Authorized, Quest for Fame). Winner at 2 in 2020-21.
Turnstar (18g, More Than Ready, Danehill). Winner at 2 in 2020-21.
Wilkshire (18g, General Nediym, Marauding). Winner at 2 in 2020-21.
Imatruestar (18g, War Pass, Danehill). Winner at 1000m in 2021-22.
Starsongari (18f, Show a Heart, Flying Spur). Winner at 1200m in 2021-22.
All Dash (18f, Exceed and Excel, Covetous). Winner at 1600m in 2021-22.
Max Fire (18g, Unfuwain, Shirley Heights). Winner at 1400m in 2021-22.
Serenaur (18c, Toorak Toff, Encosta de Lago). Winner at 1400m in 2021-22.
Fortune Boy (18g, Show a Heart, Red Ransom). Winner at 1050m in 2021-22.
Headliner (18f, More Than Ready, Flying Spur). Placed at 2 in 2020-21, 2d ATC Paul Hoffman 2YO H.
Montana Flash (18g, Encosta de Lago, Hennessy). Placed at 2 in 2020-21, 3d MRC Ladbrokes Switch 2YO H., 4th ATC Canonbury S., Gr.3.
Star Turn started his stud career in 2017. His first foals arrived in 2108 and hit the racetrack in 2020-21.