Starspangled Winner of $2million Inglis Millennium
Tara Madgwick - Wednesday February 12

The postponed $2million Inglis Millennium (1100m) for two year-olds was run at Warwick Farm on Wednesday and produced a thrilling finish with Starspangledbanner gelding Prime Star scoring a tenacious win over stakes-placed Pride of Dubai filly Bella Nipotina.

Prime Star wins the $2million Inglis Millennium - image Steve Hart

Second in the $500,000 Inglis Banner on Cox Plate day and most recently fourth in the Group III MRC Blue Diamond Preview, Bella Nipotina was always going to take some beating in this assignment with the Richard and Michael Freedman trained Prime Star rising to the occasion.

Winners are grinners!Beaten a neck in his past two starts at Gosford and Newcastle, Prime Star was race fit and relished the heavy nine conditions to win by half a neck taking his overall record to one win and two seconds from four starts with prizemoney of $1.2million.

He was ridden by Tom Marquand, who was optimistic about his chances soon after jumping.

“You know after three strides whether they are handling it or not and he jumped straight into the bridle,” he said.

Prime Star was a $55,000 Inglis Classic purchase from the draft of Fairview Park for Waterford Bloodstock / M Freedman and runs for a syndicate that includes China Horse Club in whose colours he runs.

Co-trainer Michael Freedman was on hand after the victory and revealed the stable may have to aim higher now with the talented two year-old.

Prime Star as a yearling“Even if he never wins another race it’s been a great result for a horse we bought for just $55,000. It’s been a huge thrill,” said Michael Freedman.

“We might have to rethink where we go from here as there are so many options for two year-olds outside of the Slipper, but we’ll see how he pulls up first.”

Bred by Chris Lawlor, who retains a share in his ownership, Prime Star is the fourth winner from New Zealand Group I winner Barinka (NZ), a daughter of Shinko King (IRE).

Barinka has a yearling filly by Kermadec that will be offered at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale as Lot 43.

She also has a filly to follow by Deep Field and was covered by Dundeel last spring.

Prime Star is the 12th stakes-winner for Choisir’s champion son Starspangledbanner, who has had a chequered career at stud that has at times been hampered by poor fertility.

He has stood at varying times in his career between Coolmore in the Hunter Valley and Rosemont Stud in Victoria, where he was based last year and covered 83 mares at a fee of $22,000.

He remains on the Coolmore Ireland roster and stands at a fee of 22,500 euros in 2020.

Rosemont Stud had good reason to cheer the success of Prime Star and the filly he beat as Bella Nipotina was consigned in their draft for Inglis Premier last year.

She also has a half-sister by Capitalist to be offered at Inglis Premier this year as Lot 49.


Starspangledbanner in upcoming sales:
Inglis Millennium 1100m
Warwick Farm Track: Heavy(9) Time: 1:05.86
Prime Star
T: R & M Freedman J: T Marquand 56.5
2g Starspangledbanner (AUS) x Barinka (NZ) (Shinko King (IRE))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $55,000
V:Fairview Park Stud, Grose Wold
B: Waterford Bloodstock / M Freedman
Bella Nipotina
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig J: B Avdulla 54.5
2f Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Bella Orfana (AUS) (Star Witness (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $80,000
V:Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre
B: Lindsay Park Racing / Andrew Williams Bloodstock / Mt Hallowell Stud
Larimer Street
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: G Boss 56.5
2c Brazen Beau (AUS) x Original Choice (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $450,000
V:Blue Gum Farm, Euroa
B: Mark Pilkington Management / Busuttin Racing
Absolutely Foxy
T: G Portelli J: Tim Clark 54.5
2f Foxwedge (AUS) x Absolutely Livid (AUS) (Fasliyev (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $28,000
V:Willow Park Stud, Scone
B: Gold Edge Syndications Pty Ltd
T: Edward Cummings J: G Schofield 54.5
2f Casino Prince (AUS) x Honeymoon Cruise (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
T: J G Sargent J: J B Mc Donald 56.5
2c Bull Point (AUS) x Countess Delago (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Kingstar Farm, Denman
B: John Sargent Racing / DGR Thoroughbred Services
T: C J Waller J: K Mc Evoy 56.5
2c Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Written Dash (AUS) (Written Tycoon (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $1,700,000
V:Tyreel Stud, Agnes Banks
B: Aquis Farm Pty Ltd
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig J: Regan Bayliss 56.5
2c Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Gaze (NZ) (Cape Cross (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $290,000
V:Sledmere Stud, Scone
B: miRunners Racing No.1
Stolen Glance
T: Ms G Markwell J: S Clipperton 54.5
2f Artie Schiller (USA) x Ganda (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $50,000
V:Gooree Park Stud, Mudgee
B: Hollymount Stud
T: James Cummings J: N Rawiller 56.5
2c Written Tycoon (AUS) x Dutch Romance (GB) (Dutch Art (GB))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $210,000
V:Woodside Park Stud, Tylden
B: Godolphin
Charming Pat
T: T G Sutherland J: B Mc Dougall 56.5
2c Charm Spirit (IRE) x Rosa's Spur (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $75,000
V:Widden Stud, Widden Valley
B: Trevor Sutherland Racing
Very Sharp
T: R P Northam J: Ms K O'Hara 54.5
2f Bull Point (AUS) x Shamtastic (AUS) (Shamardal (USA))
Inglis Scone Yearling Sale $12,000
V:Hillside Farm, Scone
B: R & R Racing