Group One Placing for Star Turn
Exciting Star Witness colt Star Turn has been one of the big improvers this spring and cemented his place among the finest sprinters of his generation with a brave third in the Group I VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on Saturday, a race won by his sire in 2010.
The Hawkes Racing trained Star Turn won the Group II MRC Schillaci Stakes last start against the older sprinters and again turned in a terrific performance to finish third beaten a length and a quarter behind Flying Artie and Astern with Russian Revolution and Extreme Choice finishing behind him.
Consigned for sale to Magic Millions and bred in partnership by Widden, Star Turn made $400,000 and runs in the familiar colours of well-known Sydney owner Alan Bell.
He has the overall record of three wins and four placings from nine starts with prizemoney topping $650,000.
Certain to target all the big sprints next year, Star Turn is a half-brother to three other winners including Group II placed Straight Gold from the good producer and Group III winner Golden Delicious.
Star Witness also sired a debut juvenile winner at Eagle Farm on Saturday with Arrestar winning by a short neck over 1000 metres as favourite.
A $110,000 Magic Millions purchase for Neil Jenkinson from the Widden Stud draft, Arrestar is the fourth winner from Involve, an Encosta de Lago half-sister to stakes-winner British Lion.