Starspangledbanner is an Australian-bred and internationally raced Thoroughbred racehorse who won six of his sixteen group or listed race starts including the group one (G1) Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, G1 July Cup at Newmarket, G1 Oakleigh Plate and the G1 Caulfield Guineas for A$2,198,503 in prize money.

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Racing silks of Michael Tabor
SireChoisir (AUS)
GrandsireDanehill Dancer (IRE)
DamGold Anthem
DamsireMade Of Gold (USA)
Foaled10 September 2006
BreederMakybe Racing & Breeding Pty Ltd
OwnerD Smith, M Tabor, Mrs Magnier, Ms Massey
TrainerLeon Corstens (AUS)
Aidan O'Brien (IRE)
Record23: 7-3-2
Major wins
HDF McNeil Stakes (2009)
Caulfield Guineas (2009)
Oakleigh Plate (2010)
Golden Jubilee Stakes (2010)
July Cup (2010)
Australian Champion Sprinter (2009)
European Champion Sprinter (2010)
Last updated on 25 June 2015

Breeding and backgroundEdit

He was foaled on 10 September 2006, and bred by Tony Santic’s Makybe Racing & Breeding Pty Ltd. Starspangledbanner is by international race winner and successful sire, Choisir, his dam is the race winner, Gold Anthem who has produced five named foals for two other winners, by different sires. He was line bred to Star Kingdom in the fifth and sixth generations (5m x 6f) of his pedigree.[1]

Starspangledbanner was offered for sale at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale where he was auctioned and sold for A$120,000 with the breeder electing to retain a share in the new ownership.[2]

Racing recordEdit

Starspangledbanner commenced racing in 2008. He won a total of five races from twelve starts in Australia and became the first group one winner for his sire Choisir.[2]

In 2009 Starspangledbanner won his biggest race to date in the Caulfield Guineas.[3] In that race he beat one of the strongest three-year -ld fields assembled in Australia in recent years, with the beaten runners including the subsequent Cox Plate quinella in So You Think and Manhattan Rain.

Starspangledbanner won the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield in February 2010,[4] the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Ascot in June 2010,[5] and the July Cup at Newmarket in the following month.[6] He failed to win at his next two starts and in November 2010 was retired from racing.[7] Due to fertility issues, Starspangledbanner returned to training in late 2012. He finished second in the Renaissance Stakes run at the Curragh. He was retired from racing again in May 2013.[7]

2008-09 season as a two year old
Result Date Race Venue Distance Weight (kg) Time Jockey Winner/2nd
Won 25/10/2008 Inglis Juvenile 2 Open Moonee Valley 1,000m 55.5 0:59.04 Vlad Duric No Comment 2nd
3rd 08/02/2009 Rowfield B/Diamond Prel.-C&G (G3) CG 2 Open Caulfield 1,100m 55.5 1:04.69 Vlad Duric Real Saga 1st
9th 21/2/2009 Blue Diamond Stakes (G1) 2 OPEN Caulfield 1,200m 55.5 1:11.12 Vlad Duric Reward For Effort 1st
2nd 14/3/2009 Festival of Racing Stakes (LR) 2 Open Flemington 1,000m 57 0:58.20 Nick Ryan Common Interest 1st
2009-10 season as a three year old
Result Date Race Venue Distance Weight (kg) Time Jockey Winner/2nd
Disq. 01/08/2009 VIC. Owners & Breeders Awards 3 open Caulfield 1,000m 58.5 0:58.88 Damien Oliver Tariks 1st
Won 15/08/2009 R S L Vain Stakes (LR) CG 3 Open Caulfield 1,100m 56.5 1:04.10 Danny Nikolic Eclair Fastpass 2nd
Won 29/08/2009 H.D.F. Mcneil Stakes (G3) 3 Open Caulfield 1,200m 58 1:10.25 Danny Nikolic Tollesprit 2nd
4th 19/09/2009 Caulfield Guineas Prel-3yo C&G (G3) CG 3 Open Caulfield 1,400m 56.5 1:24.80 Danny Nikolic Demerit 1st
Won 10/10/2009 Caulfield Guineas (G1) 3 Open Caulfield 1,600m 55.5 1:35.69 Danny Nikolic Carrara 2nd
4th 30/01/2010 Lightning Stakes (G1) Flemington 1,000m 55.0 0:57.12 Danny Nikolic Nicconi 1st
Won 20/02/2010 Oakleigh Plate (G1) Caulfield 1,100m 52.0 1:03.16 Danny Nikolic Arinos 2nd
3rd 06/03/2010 Newmarket Handicap (G1) Flemington 1,200m 53.5 1:10.11 Danny Nikolic Wanted 1st
5th 12/05/2010 Duke of York Stakes (G2) York (UK) 6 fur. 62.5 1:11.19 Johnny Murtagh Prime Defender 1st
Won 16/06/2010 Golden Jubilee Stakes (G1) Ascot (UK) 6 fur. 59.5 1:12.57 Johnny Murtagh Society Rock 2nd
Won 09/07/2010 July Cup (G1) Newmarket (UK) 6 fur. 59.5 1:09.81 Johnny Murtagh Equiano 2nd
2010 season as a four-year-old
Result Date Race Venue Distance Weight (kg) Time Jockey Winner/2nd
2nd 20/08/2010 Nunthorpe Stakes (G1) York (UK) 5 fur. 62.5 0:57.13 Johnny Murtagh Sole Power 1st
5th 04/09/2010 Haydock Sprint Cup (G1) Haydock Park (UK) 6 fur. 58.5 1:09.40 C O'Donoghue Markab 1st

Stud recordEdit

Starspangledbanner was retired to Coolmore Stud in Ireland where his 2011 service fee has been set at €15,000.[8] After his first season at stud, he was deemed to be sub fertile and sired only 63 foals after covering at least 160 mares. His sperm were abnormally formed and had reduced motility.[9]

Notable progenyEdit

c = colt, f = filly, g = gelding

Foaled Name Sex Major Wins
2012 The Wow Signal c Prix Morny
2017 Millisle f Cheveley Park Stakes


  1. ^ Morris, Simon; Tesio Power 2000 - Stallions of the World, Syntax Software
  2. ^ a b Stallions News
  3. ^ Manley, Michael (2009-10-01). "Starspangledbanner wins in Caulfield Guineas upset". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  4. ^ Sharkie, Michael (2010-02-21). "Star justifies price tag by laying it all on a Plate". The Age. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  5. ^ "Starspangledbanner wins Golden Jubilee Stakes at Ascot". BBC Sport. 2010-06-19. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  6. ^ "Starspangledbanner wins July Cup at Newmarket". BBC Sport. 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  7. ^ a b Riley, Stuart (24 May 2013). "Starspangled retired for second attempt at stud". Racing Post. Centurycomm Limited. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  8. ^ Coolmore Stud: Starspangledbanner Retrieved 2010-12-17
  9. ^ Owers, Jessica (10 July 2014). "Second time's a charm for Starspangledbanner". Thoroughbred Racing Commentary. Retrieved 25 June 2015.

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