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Star Kingdom -  Profile of a Champion
Chestnut Stallion Foaled 30 April 1946
by Stardust from Impromptu

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Star Kingdom travelled to Australia with former rival Makarpura (dam sire of Biscay) and unlike the latter lost condition on the trip taking some time to recover in Sydney before arriving at his new home of Baramul Stud.

Star Kingdom was renamed to stand at stud as there was already a horse called Star King so his name was lengthened to avoid confusion.  His first crop was foaled in 1952 and in his first season he served 37 mares resulting in 25 live foals at a fee of 300 guineas.  16 individual winners emerged from 18 to race including the champion Kingster who had been his first runner in winning the AJC Breeders Plate.  Kingster went on to win AJC Sires Produce, WS Cox Plate, VRC Newmarket, AJC George Main Stk, AJC All Aged Stakes, etc and retired to stud serving a small book in 1957 and a full book in 1958 before dying young.  Ultrablue became Star Kingdom's first filly to race in winning the Gimcrack while Star Realm who won the STC Canterbury Stakes at three was exported to the United States where he was successful before standing at stud siring two stakeswinners.  

Another filly in that first crop was Casa Breeza who retired a non winner aft two starts.  At stud she was the great grand dam of Kushari who went on to produce the stakeswinner Vari's Ace who stood at stud until 2002.  Another filly called Fairy Dream who raced from 2 to 5 years for seven wins was the great grand dam of a filly called Yodelling Lady through Honeysuckle.  This filly produced Burgular of Bamff, Yodelay and Yodells the latter two by Marscay.  Yodells is best known for producing the wonderful galloper Yippiyo plus stakeswinners Tyrolean and Iglesia (now at stud).  Another of Fairy Dreams foals was Fairy Princess who went on to be the grand dam of Opera Rose who produced the multiple group 1 winner Turridu.

By the end of the 1954-55 season Star Kingdom was the leading 2yo sire from that first crop.

 

Star Kingdom's second crop consisted of 25 foals from 42 mares served.  23 raced for 17 winners including the champion 2yo Starover who won the Breeders Plate, Maribyrnong Plate, Merson Cooper Stakes, VRC Sires Produce and Canterbury Stakes before being sold to the United States.  The standout on stud success was the renowned broodmare Dark Jewel who raced from 2 to 4 years for three wins and then produced 10 named foals including Heirloom (Maribyrnong Plate & 1000 Guineas), Betelgeuse (The Shorts, City Tatts Lightning), Cabochon (Epsom Hcp, Stradbroke, Cantbury Stakes, etc), Birthright (Maribyrnong Plate) and the champion Baguette (wins include Breeders Plate, Maribyrnong Plate, Golden Slipper, Newmarket, etc) who went on at stud to produce Crown Jester, Dark Eclipse and Romantic Dream amongst his numerous stakeswinners.  Another daughter of Dark Jewel, Briolette was the grand dam of the stakeswinner Prima Cornice and of the speedy Vionnet who has produced the stakeswinners Fashion News, Cherverny and Acadame at stud. 

Colt King's Realm who won four races in Queensland sired Refulgence who won the Queen of the Turf Stakes while Didji (non winner who started 4 times as a 2yo) was the dam of Kaminyarr who won the 1966 Victoria Hcp and Suitangi, a Sydney winner, produced Wentwel winner of the Carrington Stakes and Sui Kingdom, the grand dam of Bronze Spirit dam of multiple stakeswinner Nip and Zip.  Floreat who like Didji retired after 4 starts produced Miss Blandish the grand dam of Flower who foaled stakeswinners Pharoah's Daughter and The Challenge with both sired by Biscay.

At the end of the season's racing in 1955-56 Star Kingdom was third on the General Sires List and Champion 2yo Sire.

Of the 39 mares to visit Star Kingdom in his third season 24 produced foals.  Of these 21 raced producing 19 individual winners including the champion Todman (10 wins from 12 starts including Golden Slipper, AJC Champagne Stk, Hobartville, CanterburyStakes, VRC Lightning, VATC Futurity) who went on to sire over 30 stakeswinners at stud including Ricochet, Todwana, Imposing, Eskimo Prince, Crewman and Blazing Saddles.  Todman's successful sire sons included Blazing Saddles (sire of 8 stakeswinners including Heat of the Moment, ill fated Blue Pill and was the damsire of Half Hennessy), Imposing (over 22 stakeswinners including champion Super Impose, Solveig, Imposera, Importune), Zvornik (19 stakeswinners including Ngawyni)  and Jevington (25 stakeswinners including Golden Unicorn.  Todman also sired Prince of Baden (sire of sprinter Scamanda), Beaches (sire of Tolai), Crewman (five stakes wins), Hemisphere (sire of SW Perfect World), Sweet Embrace (winner of the Golden Slipper) and Sweet Candy the dam of Dulcify and Exemplify sadly both ill fated.

Other standouts from that third crop were Concert Star (won Gimcrack and best remembered for defeating Tulloch in the Maribyrnong Plate) dam of sprinters Academy Star and Biarritz Star and Gold Stakes who won the Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket before being sold to the US where injury prevented him racing.  Of the others Aphelion only won a single race in Victoria but went on to produce Thredbo winner of the Ascot Vale Stakes while Star Lass was the grand dam of Paola Pisani who went on to produce Alato dam of stakeswinners Roulette and Skalato.

At the end of the season Star Kingdom was again leading 2yo sire and was second on the General list.  

 

 

The fourth book served by Star Kingdom consisted of 37 mares who produced 24 foals with 19 making it to the racetrack and 16 winning races.  While Skyline was no Todman he was the standout of the crop continuing his sires unbroken run of Golden Slipper winners before winning the Hill Stakes and AJC Derby as a spring 3yo.  Mighty Kingdom and Andabri won the Breeders Plate and Gimcrack respectively while Tengku was a stakeswinner in Adelaide.  A filly Sonar Star (winner of two races)  made her mark at stud producing the stakeswinner Peep O'Dawn while Black Chiffon (who was unraced) produced Here's Trouble who was the grand dam of star steeplechaser Zamenhof, multiple stakeswinner McBrave, Tasmanian Derby winner Godsend, Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Irish Lord and New Zealand star Happy Union.  Black Chiffon was also the grand dam of Chelsea Green who produced CB Cox Stakes winner Mr Raku and is the grand dam of Celtus who also win the CB Cox Stakes.  Another member of that fourth crop Mira Ceti was winless after 4 starts but went on to be the grand dam of stakeswinner Jonpil while Stella Maid was the grand dam of Cooldarragh Lass dam of stakeswinner Cool Report.  Finally a filly called Magic Kingdom who won twice in Sydney was the grand dam of Miss Clarion dam of stakeswinner Magic Road and High Regard who won the Canterbury Guineas, Chelmsford Stakes, Craiglee Stakes, Hobartville Stakes etc before going to stud and siring Bulta winner of the SA Derby.

Star Kingdom was again Champion 2yo sire in 1957-58.       

 

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