Star Turn sired his fourth winner this week when Starsongari waved goodbye to maiden ranks at Gawler on Wednesday.
The Chris Bieg-trained 3yo filly maintained the Vinery sire’s momentum that started on Saturday with another pocket-rocket named Startantes at Doomben. Rebel County added his name the same day at Goulburn and Imatruestar chimed in for rookie trainer Grant Jobson at Grafton on Monday.
On the first day of spring, Star Turn led all Australian second-season tables with 6 winners of 8 races and $226,225 prizemoney. Another measure of his growing influence is career winners in that division – Star Turn (24) has taken over from Capitalist (22).
Starsongari (pictured as a two-week foal) is a good-looking chestnut who throws to her sire with a white blaze that spearheaded an effortless victory in the Xmas Party At The Races Plate (1200m). She had missed the kick first-up at Gawler a fortnight ago and was awkward away again on Wednesday.
“We took off the blinkers and I was a bit concerned early on but she ran through the line super,” Bieg said. “Jade Doyle has been working with her and she reckons we should have removed the blinkers before her first start.
“I thought she might have been feeling the effects of a tough run in soft ground that day but she looked fresh off a solid trial last Friday. She’s very capable but can be a bit tricky so thanks to Barend Vorster for piloting her so well.”
Starsongari was bred by Lime Country Thoroughbreds and was a $90,000 foal graduate from its draft to the 2019 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale. After being knocked down to Ross Hatton’s Rathmore Bloodstock, she was described by Lime Country’s Jo Griffin as a strong filly with a beautiful action.
Her older half-sister Kenyan Wonder (Zoustar) has won five races to date at Morphettville for local trainer Ryan Balfour. Their dam Msongari (Show A Heart) won in New Zealand and at Hawkesbury and second-dam Flying Babe (Flying Spur) was a Champion NZ 2YO.
Vinery stands Star Turn for a $16,500 (inc GST) service fee with payment on a live foal. For bookings or further information, please contact Adam White (0414 800 918) or Harry Roach (0401 970 006).