Star Turn Strikes Again

Mark Smith - Wednesday May 5

Whenever it appears safe to claim that Capitalist has a stranglehold on the first season sires tile for number of winners, Star Turn counters with a winner of his own.

So it was at Canterbury on Wednesday. No sooner had Capitalist taken his number of individual winners in Australia to eleven (plus one in NZ), courtesy of the filly Socialist, Star Turn struck back with the promising colt Astrologer.

Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, Astrologer finished a luckless third in the Group III Breeders' Plate at Randwick back in October before finishing just behind the placegetters in the Wyong Magic Millions and the Group III Bruce McLachlan Stakes.

Following an absence of 16 weeks, the son of Star Turn finished second at Canterbury on April 21.

He made no mistake on Wednesday. Under a positive ride from a wide gate by Tommy Berry,  Astrologer eased out of the early speed battle to enjoy a perfect trail behind Best Side and the favourite Overmann.

When he took the lead at the 200 metres, Astrologer looked set for an easy win, but he found a willing opponent in the Hinchinbrook gelding Overmann, who begrudgingly yielded in the final 50 metres to go down by a half-length.

The Dissident gelding Bartoselli was four lengths further back in third.

"It was a well-judged ride by Tommy," Paul Snowden said.

"When the rain came, it gave us a good deal of confidence. His Wyong Magic Millions run wasn't that bad on a wet track; he just got too far back on that occasion.   

"He has taken a bit of time to get his maiden out of the way, but he can certainly go on with it.”

Astrologer a $300,000 Magic Millions yearling

James Harron Bloodstock purchased Astrologer for $300,000 out of the Edinglassie Thoroughbreds draft at the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

That made him the second most expensive yearling from the first crop of the Vinery Stud resident.

A half-brother to the stakes-placed Deep Filed gelding Deep Speed, Astrologer is the third winner from as many to race out of the unraced Fastnet Rock mare Fast 'N' Witty.

 Boomer Bloodstock purchased Fast 'N' Witty for $50,000 out of the Bhima Thoroughbreds draft at the 2018 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale when carrying Astrologer.

She is a sister to stakes-placed Fastnet Rock mare Fast Talker the dam of stakes-winners Persuader and The Actuary.

From one of Contract Racings best families, Fast 'n' Witty is a half-sister to stakes-winner Crystal Dreamer (Stratum) out of the Listed SAJC Dequetteville Stakes winner Crystal Wit (Distorted Humor), a half-sister to the Group 1 Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily.

Neil Jenkinson purchased Fast 'N' Witty's Hellebebt filly for $150,000 at this year's Magic Millions.

After missing to Hellbent in 2019, Fast 'N' Witty was covered by the Yarraman Park stallion last spring.

Star Turn takes his tally of individual winners to ten (plus one in Hong Kong), one behind Capitalist.

The magnificent chestnut son of Star Witness looks sure to be popular again at the forthcoming season at a fee of $16,500.  

Star Turn


Race Result - Darley 2021 Roster Mdn Hcp 1200m

Canterbury Track: Heavy(8) Time: 1:11.65
T: P & P Snowden J: Tommy Berry 56
2c Star Turn (AUS) x Fast 'n' Witty (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Edinglassie Thoroughbreds, Muswellbrook, NSW
B: James Harron Bloodstock
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: Tim Clark 56
2g Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Zakayla (GB) (Aqlaam (GB))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $180,000
V:Shadow Hill Thoroughbreds, Avenel
B: Hawkes Racing
T: John Thompson J: N Rawiller 56.5
2g Dissident (AUS) x Golden Sunshine (AUS) (Danzero (AUS))
T: David Payne J: Tom Sherry 54
2g Xtravagant (NZ) x Tuchuzy (AUS) (Xaar (GB))
T: A J Cummings J: Rachel King 56
2c Rubick (AUS) x Zermatt (AUS) (Shaft (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Coolmore Stud, Jerry's Plains, NSW
B: Anthony Cummings Thoroughbreds
MM National Weanling Sale $75,000
V:Barador Stud Denman NSW
B: Coolmore Australia
Best Side
T: C J Waller J: K Mc Evoy 56
2c Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Celebrity Appeal (AUS) (One Cool Cat (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $650,000
V:Coolmore Stud, Jerrys Plains
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock
MM National Weanling Sale $300,000
V:Cornerstone Stud Angaston SA
B: James Bester Bloodstock
T: P & P Snowden J: R Dolan 56
2c Maurice (JPN) x Our Miss Bossy (AUS) (Street Boss (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Murrulla Stud, Wingen
B: Triple Crown Syndications
T: J A Steinmetz J: K S Latham 56
2g Denman (AUS) x Wistful Smile (AUS) (Beautiful Crown (USA))
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