First Stakes Winner for Fiorente
Mark Smith - Saturday October 27

With the crowd still buzzing after the record-breaking fourth Cox Plate victory of Winx, Sun Stud's Melbourne Cup hero Fiorente (IRE) chose a good time to record his first stakes-winner when Robbie Laing's Victoria Derby bound colt Stars Of Carrum broke his maiden in the $200,000 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m).

Beaten in a Bairnsdale maiden two starts back, Stars Of Carrum was a hard-charging second in the Listed Hill Smith Stakes (1800m) at his most recent start.

Settled back midfield by Ben Melham, Stars Of Carrum did his best work in the closing stages to edge out Savoie (Ilovethiscity) by a nose with the favourite Aramayo (Poets Voice) three lengths back in third. (photo Grant Courtney)

Robbie Laing seemed the least surprised man on the course by the $51 winner.

"No surprise, he should have nearly won the Hill Smith Stakes," Laing said.

"With clear running in the Stutt Stakes he probably runs second to Leonardo da Hinchi.

"He has worked the place down this week. 

"I went to the Melbourne Sales last year and only bought one horse, when you're not firing everyone drops off so I only had enough cash to spec one. Peter Cox is the only real racing enthusiast in the horse. We all played footie together at Carrum and we had a back to Carrun night and he got up on a chair and said lets back Laingy up and buy a share in this horse, he reckons he can win a Derby with it. We are a week away and he will be one of the favourites."

Star Of Carrum (pictured as a yearling ) was a $75,000 purchase out of the Sun Stud draft at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

From the first crop of dual Group 1 winner Fiorente (IRE) he is the second foal of the 7-time winning Anabaa mare Signoret whose dam Jameela (Jeune) won the Group II SAJC Marsh Classic and was runner-up in the Group 1 South Australian Oaks.

Signoret's filly by Fighting Sun made $115,000 to the bid of Ellerton Zahra Racing at the 2018 Premier Yearling Sale.

Signoret has missed for the past two seasons.

Group 1 Melbourne Cup and Group 1 Australian Cup winner Fiorente (IRE) is currently covering his fifth book of mares at Sun Stud for a fee of $17,600.

Fiorente in upcoming sales:
Drummond Golf Vase Gr2 2040m
Moonee Valley Track: Good(3) Time: 2:05.28
Stars Of Carrum
T: R E Laing J: B Melham 57
3c Fiorente (IRE) x Signoret (AUS) (Anabaa (USA))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale Ses 2 $75,000
V:Sun Stud, Kerrie
B: R Laing
T: D K Weir J: D Yendall 57
3c Ilovethiscity (AUS) x Larissar (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
T: James Cummings J: T Angland 57
3c Poet's Voice (GB) x Peruvian (GB) (Diktat (GB))
Savvy Oak
T: T Busuttin and N Young J: J Bowman 57
3g Savabeel (AUS) x Fairy Oak (NZ) (High Chaparral (IRE))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $95,000
V:Windsor Park Stud
B: First Light Racing / Mr PA Willetts / Ciaron Maher Bloodstock / Mr P Moody
Mickey Blue Eyes
T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: Regan Bayliss 57
3c Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Carolina Bella (AUS) (Zabeel (NZ))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $350,000
V:Mill Park Meningie SA
B: Peter Devitt
T: C J Waller J: K McEvoy 57
3c Dundeel (NZ) x Sport Chic (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $160,000
V:Arrowfield Stud, Scone
B: Star Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd / Chris Waller Racing
Real Success
T: M M Laurie J: M Zahra 57
3g Reset (AUS) x La Nikita (AUS) (Desert Sun (GB))
Approach Discreet
T: D K Weir J: Craig Williams 57
3c Dawn Approach (IRE) x Very Discreet (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $360,000
V:Mill Park Stud, Meningie, SA
B: D Weir / John Foote Bloodstock
T: M, W and J Hawkes J: D Dunn 57
3c All Too Hard (AUS) x Fit And Ready (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $460,000
V:Vinery Stud Scone NSW
B: Hawkes Racing
T: L and T Corstens J: S Baster 57
3g Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Danzanta (USA) (King Of Kings (IRE))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $62,500
V:Vieira Group Pty Ltd, Sydney
B: Malua Bloodstock Pty Ltd
T: M Baker and A Forsman J: Damian Lane 57
3g Jakkalberry (IRE) x Lioness (NZ) (Generous (IRE))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Novara Park
B: Phill Cataldo Bloodstock
Power Of Attorney
T: A J Vasil J: D Oliver 57
3c Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Rock Hit (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $480,000
V:Glastonbury Farms, Scone
B: Tony Vasil Training Services
T: James Cummings J: G Schofield 57
3c Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Screen (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))