Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing

8 Stakes Winners From 26 Runners

Pierro x Starfish '19  Colt

The colt we want to highlight for you all this week enjoyed a significant pedigree update this month - not that he needed it!
 
His mother Starfish raced in Bob Scarborough's colours and showed immediate talent when placing in the 2007 LR Maribyrnong Trial on debut, the very first stakes race on the Victorian Racing Calendar for two-year-olds. This talent was not unexpected given her sire was Champion Redoute's Choice and her mother was the John Morish trained, Shane Dye ridden Group 1 winning sprinter/miler, Stella Cadente. A Centaine mare, Stella Cadente is responsible for nine stakes winners or Stakes performers within two generations. 
 
As you can see this is a pretty big page and an active stakes producing family in which Starfish has shone brightly beyond her own stakes class race career.
 
Retired to stud as a 4YO Starfish has gone on to produce six foals of racing age to date. Impressively:
- all six have been named
- all six have raced
- all six have won
- four won at Metro level
- two achieved black-type
- with 16 races won between them so far
 

What a broodmare Starfish is proving to be and she looks like adding further to her tally of stakes performers by the looks of ASTEROIDA'S (American Pharoah) debut 2YO win - see here. This win saw her named as 'One To Watch' on prominent industry website Breednet - see here

We are pleased to say that Starfish's seventh foal is in our care at Tulloch Lodge, a yearling colt by Pierro who we knew we were going to buy last December after the on-farm Magic Millions yearling inspections. Gai and Adrian swapped notes and he was the colt they both marked on top from the Coolmore draft. His progress from then through to the January sale was exactly what we wanted to see and at $400,000 the hammer landed in favour of Tulloch Lodge.

 

 

We still have a limited number of shares available in our Pierro x Starfish colt and if you are looking for a winner, Starfish can pretty much guarantee you of that. We aim for better though for our owners so let's have a closer look at Starfish's broodmare success and relate that to our Pierro colt further:
 
1. Does foal number matter? 
Starfish's two stakes performers to date have been left at foal 1 (Glenbawn Dame) and foal 3 (Wolf Cry). Asteroida looks like being every bit as good though, and could be better, as foal number 6. Starfish's mother Stella Cadente left her three stakes performers at foals 4,7 & 10. We don't believe our colt is less likely to inherit the family ability as foal 7!
 
2. Does the market get it right?
With regard to Starfish it seems she is easy to read. The foals the market have judged best by price at the yearling sales have performed best on the track:
$570k - ASTEROIDEA - impressive debut winning 2YO this month
$500k - EQUUS D'ORO - 5 time Metro class winner
$420k - GLENBAWN DAME - stakes performer
$320k - WOLF CRY - stakes performer and now stakes producing sire
$90k - COLOUR DROPS - winner
$80k - DEPTH'S BELOW - won 4 races
 
3. What sire's have worked with Starfish?
Starfish's best progeny to date have been by Shamardal, Street Cry, Medaglia D'Oro and now American Pharoah. All Champion racehorses and leading sires. Pierro certainly ticks that box too!
 
4. Is there anything that might give us extra confidence with our Pierro colt?
Starfish's foals to date have all been bred on successful crosses but nothing as potent as the Pierro/Redoute's Choice cross which has produced 11 stakes horses from 42 runners. Three of Piero's six Group 1 winners are bred this way including Arcadia Queen, Levendi and Regal Power with the cross being particularly potent with males/colts = 8 stakes winners from 26 runners at 31% stakes winners to runners off a decent size sample! 
 
The success of Starfish, combined with the success of the cross, and our success with Pierro and his progeny like PINOT, BELLEVUE HILL & SACRAMENTO gives us a lot of confidence in this colt's future prospects.
 
He has been educated through our Randwick and Flemington stables and in a sentence that sums him up, "He has not turned a hair". Like many of our great colts he is one cool, calm and collected customer who is set to return to training in early August. 
 
If you have space in your racing portfolio this colt comes with a strong recommendation from Gai and Adrian and he certainly ticks all the boxes! 

MORE INFORMATION -  Click Here
 
For further information, please contact Claudia Miller claudia@gaiwaterhouse.com.au or Bruce Slade bruce@kestrelthoroughbreds.com.au

 
 

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