Stratum Star to Shine at Inglis Classic
A top class dual Group I winner, who is also a three-quarter brother to this season’s undefeated 2YO Prague, Stratum Star is making a good impression with his first yearlings that include nine to be offered at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.
Stratum Star had just two yearlings offered at Magic Millions on the Gold Coast and they sold for $180,000 and $110,000 providing a brilliant return for a sire that stood in 2017 at a fee of $11,000
A son of Widden Stud’s Golden Slipper winner Stratum, Stratum Star was versatile and consistent winning eight of his 37 starts across four seasons of racing and if he brings the same toughness to his progeny, trainers will enjoy working with them.
“Stratum Star is a horse who is very special to us at Widden. He’s a son of Golden Slipper winner Stratum, who we stood, and we bred Stratum Star, and were fortunate to retain a share in him after we sold him as a yearling,” said Widden Stud’s Ryan McEvoy.
“He’s from the incredible Emancipation family, and was sharp enough to run in the Gr1 Blue Diamond, then train on at three, four, and five to collect two Gr1 wins and eight wins in total. All up he only missed a cheque in five of his starts, an incredibly consistent horse especially when you consider that only six of his 37 starts weren’t in black type company, one of those being the million dollar Magic Millions Trophy which he won.
“Stratum Star is unique in the current landscape of stallions at stud as he showed longevity and coped well with a lot of racing, similar to horses like Spirit of Boom and Lonhro. Stratum Star was a truly genuine racehorse—we never had a vet bill while he was in work, he just did the job and ate up every day.”
His two year-old three-quarter brother Prague has a way to go to catch up with Stratum Star, but the early signs are promising for the Redoute’s Choice colt who fetched $1.6million as a yearling.
An eye-catching debut winner, Prague stepped straight into Black Type company at his second start scoring a dominant win in the Group III ATC Canonbury Stakes and heads now towards the Golden Slipper.
Stratum Star has nine entries for the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, three of which will be consigned by Widden Stud and are listed below.
Lot 603 Filly Stratum Star x Apamene, by Sebring
Closely related to Group I winner and $1.6million earner Takedown, who is by Stratum Star’s sire Stratum.
Lot 678 Filly Stratum Star x Ion You, by Geiger Counter (USA)
Half-sister to Group II ATC Todman Stakes winner Masquerader and four other winners.
Lot 785 Filly Stratum Star x Twinkle Star, by Northern Meteor
Closely related to Group II BRC Sires Produce Stakes winner Attention, who is also by Stratum.