Established by Denise Martin in 1994, premier Australasian syndication company Star Thoroughbreds offers high quality horses sought from the leading yearling sales, to race in share partnerships. Over 20 years of racetrack success has been the hallmark to the longevity of the now famous Star Thoroughbreds purple and white stars racing colours.
The inaugural running of The Championships at Royal Randwick will certainly be remembered fondly by our Star Stayers owners for many years to come...not only did THE OFFER (IRE) win the Group 2 Manion Cup on Day 1 of Sydney's new racing initiative, but backed up with a hugely impressive win in the $1 million Group 1 Sydney Cup over 3,200 metres on the second day of The Championships.
Whilst in Sydney, The Championships has been to date, plagued by rain affected tracks, our Star mare DRIEFONTEIN targeted the Group 3 R N Irwin Stakes at Morphettville at the weekend. The talented 4 year old has proved time and time again that she relishes a dry track and she made this clear once again on Saturday, with a tough win, increasing her blacktype status even further.
THE OFFER (IRE) once again proved he is a stayer of real quality...very especially on a heavy track! The 5 year old UK import and son of Montjeu (IRE) was very impressive when winning the $300,000 Group 2 Chairman's Handicap over 2,600 metres on Saturday, day 1 of The Championships at Royal Randwick. The gelding travelled comfortably throughout the race, settling off the pace with jockey Tommy Berry allowing THE OFFER (IRE) to find his feet in the extremely heavy track conditions.
UK import THE OFFER (IRE) was very impressive winning the Group 3 Manion Cup on Saturday at Rosehill Gardens, by a comfortable 3 1/4 lengths. The 5 year old gelding by Montjeu (IRE) jumped well and settled in third position behind the leaders, one off the fence. He relaxed well throughout the 2,400 metres trip, and on entering the home turn, jockey Tommy Berry took him wide and set him alight to make his challenge. He sprinted clear and won in very dominant fashion.
LAW will race in next Saturday's Group 1 Golden Slipper. The colt, by Denman out of Chilean mare Lady Cat, will be Star's 6th runner in the race in the past 7 years. LAW won on debut back in October, when winning the time honoured Listed ATC Breeder's Plate. After a spell, he resumed with a Saturday win at Royal Randwick, before finishing 4th in the Group 2 Silver Slipper on a slow track.
Three year old Al Maher gelding PHEIDON, was very impressive when winning the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes over 2,040 metres at Moonee Valley on Friday night. PHEIDON jumped well and settled in third position, on the fence. A strong tempo was set and he travelled strongly throughout. Entering the home turn, jockey Damien Oliver edged him off the fence and asked him to challenge the leaders.....