Stellar Collision Wins Apache Cat
Tara Madgwick - Saturday, 4 March 2017
Star Witness posted a feature winner at Cranbourne on Friday when progressive four year-old Stellar Collision took out the $80,000 Apache Cat Handicap.

Star WitnessThe Darren Weir trained gelding was sent out favourite for the 1200 metre sprint and cruised clear to win by more than a length.

Not offered at auction, Stellar Collision has now won six of 14 starts and over $222,000 in prizemoney and is the first winner for well-bred More Than Ready (USA) mare What an Impact, who comes from the family of Group II winner Elegant Fashion and her Group III winning daughter Star Fashion.

Further back the family traces to celebrated matriarch Highclere, whose many Group I winning descendants include the likes of Nashwan, Nayef, champion Japanese sire Deep Impact and imported Australian Group I winner My Kingdom of Fife.

What an Impact was one of 220 mares covered last spring by Star Witness, who was super popular with breeders last year after having his fee reduced to $16,500 before siring dual Group I winner Global Glamour.

Race 5 - Procon Developments Apache Cat - 1200m
Class: Open. Track: Good(4). Time: 1:11.42.
Prizemoney: $80,000 - 1st: $44,000 2nd: $14,400 3rd: $7,200.
 1   Stellar Collision T: D K Weir J: Damian Lane

4g   Star Witness x What An Impact (More Than Ready (USA) )
Not Offered
 2 1.3 Dan Zephyr T: P G Carey J: R McLeod
6g   Danbird x Eliza Dream (Desert Sun (GB) )
Not Offered
 3 1.5 Rock 'n' Gold T: M Ellerton and S Zahra J: Katelyn Mallyon
6g   Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) x Goldberg (Geiger Counter (USA) )
Not Offered
 4 1.6 Pay Up Bro T: J F Moloney J: N Callow
4g   Husson (ARG) x Sapphire Flash (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ) )
 5 2.0 Hazzabeel (NZ) T: C Maher J: L Nolen
6g   Zabeel (NZ) x Miss Avalon (IRE) (Fantastic Light (USA) )
 6 2.8 Just Magical T: Ms L Tolson and Ms L Proctor J: Craig Williams
5g   Magic Albert x Saucy Tales (NZ) (Tale Of The Cat (USA) )
 7 4.3 It Is Written T: R D Griffiths J: Ryan Maloney
8g   Written Tycoon x Winning Team (Danehill Dancer (IRE) )
 8 4.6 Manhattan Blues T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: Regan Bayliss
4g   Manhattan Rain x Belle Feline (NZ) (Tale Of The Cat (USA) )
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