Star Witness 3YO Wins Grafton Guineas

Tara Madgwick - Wednesday July 8

It doesn’t carry Black Type, but the $80,000 Grafton Guineas ( 1600m) is still a nice race to win and on Wednesday the Michael Costa trained Star Witness gelding Reus took the prize.

A talented type that has made rapid progress through the lesser grades this preparation, Reus arrived at the moment it counted, hitting the line full of running to win by a long neck.


Reus has never missed a place in eight starts racking up three wins and five placings with earnings just shy of $100,000.

A $65,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale purchase from the Aquis Farm draft for New Breed Racing/Michael Costa, Reus was also bred by Aquis and is a half-brother to stakes-winner Sunset Rock from good producer M’Indigo, a daughter of Fastnet Rock.

Star Witness has a good record with daughters of Fastnet Rock producing 14 winners from 18 runners including the stakes-winners Pearl Star and Our Crown Mistress.

Aquis sold the current yearling from M’Indigo, a filly by Spill the Beans for $17,500 at Magic Millions Gold Coast March and she is in foal to Spieth after losing a foal by Kobayashi.

Star Witness has sired over 100 winners this season

Star Witness has sired over 100 winners this season of over $6million in prizemoney and stands at Widden at a fee of $22,000.



Race Result - Tursa Grafton Guineas 1600m

Grafton Track: Soft(5) Time: 1:35.58
T: Michael Costa J: A Gibbons 55.5
3g Star Witness (AUS) x M'indigo (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
T: J G Sargent J: Rachel King 59.5
3f Dissident (AUS) x Sense Of Pride (CAN) (Lemon Drop Kid (USA))
T: J A O'Shea J: G Boss 57
3f I Am Invincible (AUS) x Elegant Fashion (AUS) (Danewin (AUS))
Group Think
T: Edward O'Rourke J: B Looker 55
3g So You Think (NZ) x Rock Beauty (AUS) (Stratum (AUS))
Macchina Volante
T: S J Campbell J: L P Rolls 60
3g Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Noanoa (AUS) (Reset (AUS))
T: G L Payne J: Leah Kilner 55
3g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Mother's Milk (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $380,000
V:Baramul Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Yu Long Investments Pty Ltd
T: C Karakatsanis J: Mitchell Bell 55
3g Adelaide (IRE) x Teralani (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Ready To Humble
T: M J Dunn J: M Mc Guren 59
3g Rubick (AUS) x Humble (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Hard Lady
T: K A Lees J: J Penza 55
3f All Too Hard (AUS) x Lady Primrose (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
MM Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale $10,000
V:Baramul Stud, Widden Valley, NSW
B: Adrian Coome Racing
Bear The Crown
T: B J Ratcliff J: R Spokes 55
3f Olympic Glory (IRE) x Mosscedes (AUS) (Mossman (AUS))
Hyperion Star
T: D D Schmidt J: A Adkins 55
3g Dawn Approach (IRE) x Penaka (AUS) (Pentire (GB))
Prince Of Troy
T: Colt Prosser J: Ms B Hodder 55
3g Sepoy (AUS) x Venassas Jig (USA) (Street Cry (IRE))
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