July 30, 2016
The Charlie Hills-trained Silver Rainbow (4f Starspangledbanner-Enchanting Way, by Linamix) brought more stakes glory for Starspangledbanner at Deauville on Saturday.…View Article
Starspangledbanner showed great versatility, establishing himself as a top-class performer in two continents, while winning Gr.1 races over 5.5, 6 and 8 furlongs. Now he has shown huge potential with his small first crop, completing the Gr.2 Queen Mary S. and Gr.2 Coventry S. double at Royal Ascot with Anthem Alexander and The Wow Signal. Both continued to excel, with The Wow Signal taking the Gr.1 Prix Morny and Anthem Alexander finishing second in the Gr.1 Cheveley Park S. Home of the Brave became the third Group winner from this crop as a three-year-old. Altogether six of the 33 foals in this crop have earned Racing Post ratings of more than 100.
Starspangledbanner owes much of his success to sons and grandsons of NORTHERN DANCER. Significantly, two of his fast Group winners are out of mares by middle-distance Gr.1 winners by SADLER’S WELLS, namely HIGH CHAPARRAL and BEAT HOLLOW.
His other Group winner, Anthem Alexander, is out of a fast daughter of NIGHT SHIFT. This links to the fact that his sire Choisir owes four of his northern hemisphere Group winners to the NORTHERN DANCER line. He sired the American Gr.1 winner Obviously from a MONTJEU mare; the top-class Olympic Glory from a daughter of ALZAO (by LYPHARD); the 2,000 Guineas runner-up Glory Awaits from a grand-daughter of DANZIG; and the Gr.2 winner Chandlery from a granddaughter of STORM BIRD.
This suggests that Starspangledbanner could be an ideal medium for injecting speed into daughters of not only HIGH CHAPARRAL but also of MONTJEU, GALILEO and IN THE WINGS. He could also suit mares by grandsons of SADLER’S WELLS.
Starspangledbanner’s pedigree allows breeders to inbreed to DANEHILL. This great sire will be back in the fourth generation of Starspangledbanner’s foals. Choisir already has an Australian Gr.3 winner and a Hong Kong Derby winner inbred 3×3. There is also plenty of scope with other branches of the DANZIG line, most notably the GREEN DESERT line, which is already enjoying a rewarding partnership with the Danehill branch.
More mares by NIGHT SHIFT are called for, as they have also enjoyed success with Choisir and several sons of Danehill. MARJU mares are an option, as they have produced Group-placed Listed winners to Choisir and Danehill Dancer.
Choisir has a Gr.2 winner in Australia out of a mare by CATRAIL, a son of STORM CAT. Danehill Dancer sired the Gr.1 winner Miss Beatrix from another CATRAIL mare. Daughters of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY and FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND are options from this line, as Danehill Dancer sired the high-class Planteur from a GIANT’S CAUSEWAY mare, and mares by MUJADIL are likely to produce fast juveniles to Starspangledbanner.
Starspangledbanner with mares by AHONOORA, INDIAN RIDGE and INCHINOR look a sure-fire means of producing smart juveniles and sprinters.
The SHARPEN UP male line has worked very well with Danehill and his sons. Mares by KRIS, DIESIS, SELKIRK, COLLEGE CHAPEL and COMMON GROUNDS are among the candidates.
Starspangledbanner’s female line produced the top-class Haradasun, winner of Royal Ascot’s Queen Anne Stakes, to a son of MR PROSPECTOR. He could therefore be an interesting match for mares by several MR PROSPECTOR line stallions, such as MACHIAVELLIAN, WOODMAN and ZAFONIC.
The faster members of the BLUSHING GROOM male line represent another option for this top sprinter, including mares by ARAZI, RAHY, SPECTRUM and NOVERRE.
Choisir’s smart son Stimulation is out of a mare by THATCHING, who was also responsible for the dams of several of Danehill Dancer’s black-type performers. Thatching’s son TIROL is the broodmare sire of two of Danehill Dancer’s talented winners. Daughters of EFISIO are another likeable option from this line.
BRILLIANT 4-TIME GR.1 WINNER
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