Second Australian Winner for Starspangledbanner
Young sire sensation Starspangledbanner made it two winners from two Australian runners when Surfin’ Safari (2c Starspangledbanner x Lake Alexandrina, by Bluebird) saluted at Newcastle on Sunday.
A flashy chestnut two year-old colt prepared on the track by Paul Perry, Surfin’ Safari got home to score by a long neck in the 900 metre maiden.
An $80,000 Inglis Easter Session II purchase for his trainer from the Middlebrook Valley Lodge draft, Surfin’ Safari is the eighth winner from nine to race from stakes-placed Lake Alexandrina, a half-sister to Golden Slipper winner Marauding.
Currently covering a select book of mares at Rosemont Stud in Victoria, Starspangledbanner is due to return to Coolmore Ireland in 2015.
He has left 11 winners in the Northern Hemisphere from limited runners led by Group I winner The Wow Signal and Group II winner Anthem Alexandra, while in Australia has had just the two runners for stakes-winner Of The Brave and now Surfin’ Safari.