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. From only 33 foals in his first Irish crop, he has sired eight stakes winners, headed by four Group winners. This small first crop includes the top-class juveniles Anthem Alexander and The Wow Signal. They aren’t just 2yos, as Starspangledbanner’s progeny have also won Group races at the ages of three, four, five and six. His 2019 juvenile crop is headed by the Gr.1 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Millisle.
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. This suggests that Starspangledbanner could be an ideal medium for injecting speed into daughters of HIGH CHAPARRAL, MONTJEU, GALILEO and IN THE WINGS. Choisir had a particularly good record with MONTJEU mares, siring the American Gr.1 winner Obviously, the Hong Kong Gr.2 winner Secret Weapon and the Irish Gr.3 winner Alexios Komnenos from only 22 foals. Starspangledbanner will surely also suit mares by grandsons of SADLER’S WELLS.
Starspangledbanner’s Gr.1-placed Great Wide Open is out of a DANEHILL mare and therefore is inbred 4x2.
Starspangledbanner’s sire Choisir already has a Gr.1-winning Australian 2yo and a Hong Kong Derby winner inbred 3x3. Mares by such as DANETIME, DANSILI, EXCEED AND EXCEL, FASTNET ROCK, KODIAC, MOZART, ORATORIO and ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, which create 4x3 to Danehill, could reinforce Starspangledbanner’s speed.
There is also plenty of scope with other branches of the DANZIG line, most notably the GREEN DESERT line. Mares by CAPE CROSS, DESERT PRINCE, DESERT STYLE, INVINCIBLE SPIRIT and OASIS DREAM create only 5x4 to DANZIG.
One of Starspangledbanner’s best Group winners, Anthem Alexander, is out of a fast daughter of NIGHT SHIFT who also enjoyed success with Choisir and several sons of Danehill.
PIVOTAL sired the dam of Gr.3 winner Spangled, so mares by KYLLACHY and SIYOUNI are also likely to suit.
Choisir’s Coventry Stakes winner Rajasinghe has a second dam by CATRAIL, who also sired the dam of one of Choisir’s Gr.2 winners in Australia. Daughters of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, SHAMARDAL and FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND are options from this line, as Danehill Dancer sired the high-class Planteur from a GIANT’S CAUSEWAY mare.
Starspangledbanner’s pedigree rules out very few European mares. Mares by AHONOORA, INDIAN RIDGE and INCHINOR look a sure-fire means of producing smart juveniles and sprinters and it was an INDIAN RIDGE mare which produced the Gr.1 Cheveley Park S. winner Millisle.
SHARPEN UP is so far back in Starspangledbanner’s pedigree that there is no obstacle to sending him mares from this male line, which has worked so well with Danehill and his sons.
Starspangledbanner could 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. He sired the useful filly Meliora from a NOVERRE mare.