More Than Ready's Starelle Breaks Her Maiden in Kewney Stakes

Mark Smith - Saturday March 6

Winless in seven starts, the Danny O'Brien-trained Starelle chose the perfect spot to break her maiden in Saturday's $200,000Group II Kewney Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.

Starelle finishes best in a thriller (image Grant Courtney)

Ridden by Craig Williams, Starelle had just two of the 11 starters behind her at the 300. Willians navigated a passage between runners to hook up with Chica Fuerte and Personal, and those three fought it out to the finish.

It was the daughter of More Than Ready (USA) who had a short-head advantage over Chica Fuerte (Hinchinbrook) with Personal (Fastnet Rock) a half-head back in third.

Runner-up in the Group II Edward Manifold Stakes at Flemington last spring, Starelle came into the race off a third behind Zoudancer in the Group III Vanity Stakes at Flemington on February 13.

O'Brien said Starelle thoroughly deserved the win.

"She was tipped out in the Manifold in a similar race in the spring. I thought she was going to get nutted again in a photo, but she dug deep and it was a nice win," O'Brien said.

She's always competed in good races and she's really furnishing into a lovely three-year-old filly now. I think there'll be more wins in store.

"She's got a great pedigree, and we're very pleased to be involved with her."

"Robert (Anderson) has got some lovely fillies. Paradee (fourth in the Group 1 Australian Cup) ran a really good race for him. He's very pleased to get another stakes-winning filly today.

"She will probably head towards Adelaide. She might stay here for the stakes race at Moonee Valley in a couple of weeks time. She is VOBIS Gold (nominated), so the VOBIS Gold Day and then maybe the Australasian Oaks."

Starelle (image Grant Courtney)

Bred by Hesket Bloodstock, Starelle was consigned by Amarina farm to the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, where she failed to meet her $250,000 reserve.

The daughter of More Than Ready (USA) is the first winner for the Reset mare Star Of Giselle, whose nine wins included the Group II SAJC Queen of the South Stakes, Group III MVRC Tesio Stakes, and Group III MRC Mannerism Stakes.

Star Of Giselle is a half-sister to the crack racemare Solicit (Street Cry), who won the Kewney Stakes in 2014. She also won the Group II Guy Walter stakes and was placed in three Group 1s, the VRC Oaks, ATC Coolmore Classic and Vinery Stud Stakes.

Star Of Giselle has an unraced 2yo filly by Snitzel named Star Waltz, who is in training with Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra.

After two fruitless seasons, Star Of Giselle was covered by Dundeel last spring.

Starelle becomes the 208th stakes-winner for More Than Ready (USA), who spent the last winter in Kentucky after 19 glorious seasons shuttling to Vinery Stud in the Hunter Valley.

More Than Ready (image Mark Smith)

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Race Result - Tab Kewney Stakes Gr2 1600m

Flemington Track: Good(3) Time: 1:35.04
1
Starelle
T: D T O'Brien J: Craig Williams 56
3f More Than Ready (USA) x Star Of Giselle (AUS) (Reset (AUS))
More Than Ready
2
0.1
Chica Fuerte
T: A & S Freedman J: M Zahra 56
3f Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Guapa (USA) (Rock Hard Ten (USA))
Hinchinbrook
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Rosemont Stud Gnarwarre Vic
B: Bahen Bloodstock
3
0.2
Personal
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: D Oliver 56
3f Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Personify (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
Fastnet Rock
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $640,000
V:Cressfield, Scone
B: T Magnier / BBA Ireland
4
4.7
Shojiki
T: P Stokes J: L Nolen 56
3f Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Sacred Witness (AUS) (El Moxie (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW
B: Phillip Stokes/Worldwide Bloodstock
5
4.8
Perfect World
T: A & S Freedman J: M J Dee 56
3f Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Fiorentina (AUS) (Dubai Destination (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd, Scone
B: Blue Sky Bloodstock (FBAA) / Anthony Freedman
6
7.3
Yes Baby Yes
T: L & T Corstens J: Jamie Kah 56
3f Dissident (AUS) x Exabelle (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $120,000
V:Sledmere Stud Scone NSW
B: Flemington Bloodstock/Malua Racing
7
8.8
Vespertine
T: G M Begg J: L Currie 56
3f Epaulette (AUS) x Sweet Nothings (AUS) (Falvelon (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $110,000
V:Amarina Farm, Denman
B: G M Begg Racing/Rohan Hughes Thoroughbred Services
8
12.5
Island Joy
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: Damien Thornton 56
3f Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Spirit Of Joy (AUS) (Big Brown (USA))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $105,000
V:Westbury Stud
B: First Light Racing / Paul Willetts Bloodstock / Ellerton Zahra
9
14.0
Selfless
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: M J Walker 56
3f Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Angel Of Mercy (AUS) (Hussonet (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $320,000
V:Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW
B: Sheamus Mills Bloodstock (FBAA)
10
16.3
Miss Guggenheim
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: Jye McNeil 56
3f Dundeel (NZ) x Sharnee Rose (AUS) (Nadeem (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $510,000
V:Arrowfield Stud, Scone
B: A Brandwood
11
17.0
Safe Passage
T: D T O'Brien J: Damian Lane 56
3f Snitzel (AUS) x Travessia (JPN) (Deep Impact (JPN))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $380,000
V:Arrowfield Stud, Scone
B: Bruce Perry Bloodstock / Jamieson Park
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