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.
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).
* Information courtesy of Arion Pedigrees
Retired to stud in 2017. His first crop yearlings hit the sale rings in 2020, so will be racing in the 2020/21 season.