Star sire’s winning Anthem

For the second day running, Starspangledbanner has sired a Group-winning two-year-old at Royal Ascot.

From a first northern crop consisting of just 33 foals due to fertility issues, the Rosemont Stud resident sired G2 Coventry Stakes winner The Wow Signal on Tuesday and G2 Queen Mary Stakes winner Anthem Alexander on Wednesday.

Anthem Alexander (2f Starspangledbanner – Lady Alexander by Night Shift) is bred to be fast being out of a mare who won the G3 Molecomb Stakes.  The dam is also a half-sister to Group 3 winning sprinter and leading sire Dandy Man.

Mountarmstrong Stud’s Noel O’Callaghan bred Anthem Alexander and she was passed-in for 48,000 guineas at the 2013 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

A big, strong type, she was a last start winner by 7 lengths at Tipperary and trainer Eddie Lynam was full of praise for the filly.  “She’s just a bit special.  It’s just natural ability that’s got her through today,” he said.  “She’s got a great constitution and, without wanting to be bullish, I think she could improve a bit more.

“I should think the Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket will be next.”

Lynam knows Starspangledbanner well, having caused a huge upset four years ago when his sprinter Sole Power defeated the Australia champion in the G1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

“She’s the only Starspangledbanner I’ve got – his fertility issues are a real loss,” Lynam said.  “I wouldn’t mind having a few more of his in future, he’s a fantastic stallion.”

Rosemont Stud will restrict Starspangledbanner to 50 mares in 2014.