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Starspangledbanner Gets 16 Mares In Foal NH Time
Rosemont Stud's subfertile but outstanding second-season sire Starspangledbanner covered 32 mares to northern-hemisphere time this year with half of those believed to be in foal, reports bloodstock.racingpost.com. Starspangledbanner has made a huge impression with his first European-conceived crop of only 33 with the likes of Gr1 Prix Morny winner The Wow Signal and Queen Mary Stakes winner Anthem Alexander leading the way, while Home Of The Brave became the third Group winner from that crop with a dominant victory in the Gr3 Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday. Other progeny of the 4-time Gr1 winner to impress in recent weeks is 3YO filly Spangled, who scored a stylish win at Newmarket for owners Cheveley Park Stud, and 3YO colt Dawn's Early Light, who looked a high class sprinter in the making when scoring a dashing 3-length win at Ascot. Due to popular demand, Starspangledbanner was due to return to Coolmore's Castlehyde Stud this year, but a bout of colic ruled him out of the trip. Instead, he covered a limited book of mares to northern-hemisphere time at Rosemont Stud at a fee of $27,500 (£13,000/€18,680). "He covered 32 mares and ended up with 16 in foal, so 50 per cent spot-on, which we were really happy with," Rosemont Stud owner Anthony Mithen said. "Our vets at Rosemont have worked tirelessly to ensure each mare is vetted perfectly for cover and we seem to be getting good results that way." He added: "We have the horse on a specific, scientifically generated diet that also helps, but mostly it's just a lot of hard work for our vets to have the mares absolutely spot-on." Starspangledbanner is set to cover around 80-90 mares during the upcoming Australian breeding season at a fee of A$44,000 (£20,800/€29,900). Among the high quality mares booked to visit the son of Choisir is three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva, who is currently in foal to him, and a sister to unbeaten world champion sprinter Black Caviar.