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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's fifth crop foaled in 1956 proved one of his best.  From 42 mares 28 live foals were produced and of these 24 raced and 20 won races including Royal Artist (who won 13 races throughout Melbourne and Adelaide and later sired numerous stakeswinners including Artist's Pride, Brooklyn, Rooney etc and was the grandsire of Fulham Park Plate winner So Loyal), Endure (winner of 9 races including the Gimcrack Stakes and later great grand dam to stakeswinner Sir Patrick), Morning Star (winner of 15 races), Ritmar (Lightning Stakes before being exported to the United States) plus Fine and Dandy and Noholme.  Noholme was the full brother to Todman and won 10 races including the AJC Champagne Stakes, Hill Stakes, AJC Epsom Hcp, WS Cox Plate, VRC Linlithgow and CB Fisher Plate before being sold to the United States where he won two races and was stakesplaced.  Noholme turned into a champion sire producing Nodouble who was the US Champion Sire in 1981 and sired Semipalatinsk (sire of over 20 stakeswinners), DeltaLima, Major Sport, True Statement, etc.  Other stallions by Noholme included Adirondack Holme, Brigand (sire of River Rough), Durham Ranger (sire of Durbridge), Immokalee, No Faith (sire of Dream Faith), Shecky Greene (won 15 from 29 starts and sire of Zabaleta and over 10 stakeswinners) and Green Forest (sire of successful Australia stallions Forest Glow, Greenline Express, Made of Gold, Somethingdifferent, etc).  Noholme sired a small first crop of 14 foals but in his second year he produced 24 individual winners.  Fine and Dandy was another standout member of Star Kingdoms fifth crop winning the Maribyrnong Plate and becoming the first and only gelding (until Tontonan in the 70s and Inspired in the 80s) to win the Golden Slipper.  After an injury enforced break Fine and Dandy came back as an older horse to win the Doncaster twice. 

Other members of that crop to leave there mark were Allstars (a NSW provincial winner) who was the fourth dam of Orwhina who in turn produced the stakeswinning brothers Marwina and Jetball to Marscay.  Allstars was also the grand dam of stakeswinner Solo Performance (grand dam of Toast of the Coast) and of the stakeswinner Rock Show.  Yes and No who was winless in three starts produced the stakeswinner and successful sire Contempler.  Mercy Star won a single race in Sydney but went on to be the grand dam of Rogue River who produced Rougessa (dame of Gypsy Rogue and Voguessa) and Vow dam of superstar Vo Rogue and Vowtinsk.  Mercy Star was also the fifth dam of Hockney (Star Kingdom Stakes, Expressway Stakes).  Kateena raced only as a 2yo for two wins but at stud she was the third dam of Chentello who produced the star WA gallopers Jungle Dawn (Railway Stakes and later exported to the United States), Jungle Hero and Jungle Mist.

The crop of 1957 had a lot to live up to but yet another classy galloper emerged.  The champion Sky High (like Skyline from a daughter of the champion mare Flight) debuted with victory in the Breeders Plate.  In the Autumn he took out the Golden Slipper before returning as a 3yo winning the VRC Derby.  The following Autumn he won the VRC Lighting Stakes and Futurity Stakes and was soon regarded as the heir apparent to recently retired legend in Tulloch.  After winning the Epsom Sky High went out as an incredibly short priced favourite for the Cox Plate and was beaten but returned to the winning list in the Mackinnon Stakes.  After being unplaced in the Melbourne Cup he returned to win the Lightning again and a number of weight for age races.  In the spring the Caulfield Stakes and Linlithgow were amongst his victories.  Retired to stud he initially stood in Australia and was later exported to the United States.  His best progeny was the ill fated Autobiography but other stakeswinners included Captain Kirk, Par Avion, Sky Call and Skyperion.  Other good racehorses in that crop included Star City (12 wins), Suhail (9 wins), Ulola (9 wins) and Noble Star (11 wins).  51 mares visited Star Kingdom producing 28 living foals for 22 to race for 18 winners.  Cuthko had 12 starts without success but produced the stakeswinner Palatial while the unraced Secret Kingdom sired Bogan Hero winner of the Canterbury Stakes.  Zodiac was also winless in her four starts but at stud produced Star Fortune dam of multiple stakeswinner Starglow.  Constella was a filly foaled in July but won 4 1/2 races during her career before going to stud and producing Lady Resa the dam of WA Oaks winner Jevressa and Hussars Command (winner of the Doomben Cup and Villiers Stakes).  Star Kingdom was now heading both the general and 2yo sires lists.     


Star Kingdom's 1958 foals continued his success with 26 named foals from a book of 48 mares.  Of these 24 raced and 20 won races with the standout being the Golden Slipper winning filly Magic Night.  When retired Magic Night was sent to the United States for stud and produced four named foals.  The one filly she produced was called Charisma Magic and became the third dam to the 1999 Champion US Sprinter Artax   A colt named Columbia Star became Australia's highest priced yearling when offered at the Easter Sales and as a late 2yo looked something special.  Sadly though he died as an early 4yo from a accident at training.  Astronaut retired after four wins in Melbourne and Sydney and sired stakeswinning sprinter Dawn Boy while Cymbal won 5 races in Melbourne and Sydney before being the grand dam of Chire the dam of stakewinners High Signal and Cenchire (sire of SW Turridu).  The full sister to Todman and Noholme named Star Ocean did little in her two racetrack starts her line proved successful at stud.  Star Ocean only produced two named foals both fillies La Canette & Opera.  La Canette was the dam of Dusty Road who produced the stakeswinner China Garden in the 1980s while another of La Canette's fillies, Fashion Grey, was the grand dam to Candy is Dandy and successful stallion Pride of Kellina (sire of Buck's Pride, Joss Sticks, etc).  Opera produced the stakeswinner Merry Minstrel (QTC Sires Produce) and was the grand dam of Peeping (by Todman) who produced three stakeswinners including the Gimcrack Stakes winner Watch.  Star Kingdom was Champion Sire in 1960-61.

His next crop in 1959 lacked a superstar but the success went on regardless.  From a book of 44 mares 33 named foals were produced.  Of those 27 raced and 20 were winners.  McLauchlin won 18 races in a career from 2 to 9 years but this crop lacked the dominance of the previous years.  However on the breeding side the crop certainly left its mark.  Unraced filly Princess foaled Hello Love who went on to produce Century Love (dam of Stakeswinner Dutchy's Pride) and Double Century (champion stayer and sire of Stylish Century) while a filly foal called Love Bird was the dam of sprinter and successful sire Armidale.  Princess also foaled Bronzette the dam of stakeswinner Blazing Keel sire of stakeswinners Century Blazer and The Blazer. Etoile D'Or won two races in SA before going to stud and producing the stakeswinner Gold Bird who in turn was the grand dam of Fulham Park Plate winner Indian Mimic.  Kindred Star won five races in Sydney before foaling Babs the grand dam of Gimcrack Stakes winner Kincay while Girila recorded one NSW win but became the grand dam of Sauna a stakeswinner in Australia and later the United States.  However the member of this crop with a lasting breeding influence would be Starquita (from star racemare Chicquita).  The filly only won two races but at stud produced the stakeswinner Mansingh (NZ Derby, Tulloch Stakes, Newcastle Cup) and four outstanding future broodmares.  Starquita's filly With Respect won the SA Sires Produce and Wakeful Stakes before stakeswinners Monakea and Market at stud.  She also produced Honey Queen, dam of stakeswinners in Easter (AJC Spring Champion Stk), Honey Be Quick (Silver Slipper) and Mr Danamite, and Satisfy grand dam of Pleasure Giver (Hobartville Stk, BTC Sprint twice and Theo Marks Qlty).  Another of Starquita's foals was Starvalis the 4th dam of Cheviot winner of the SA Derby and Sandown Cup while Ciquita produced the stakeswinner Initial Approach and was the grand dam of stakeswinner Perfect World.  Starquita also produced Estralita the grand dam of stakeswinners Clay Fighter and Honour Code.      

The crop of 1960 returned to Star Kingdom's usual group of outstanding racehorses.  From 43 mares there were 26 named foals and of these 22 raced for 14 winners.  Time and Tide a full brother to Fine and Dandy was the standout winning his first two starts in the Canonbury and Debutant Stakes.  Later in his 2yo season he won the AJC Sires Produce and AJC Champagne Stakes and went on as a spring 3yo to win the Caulfield Guineas.  As a 4yo he won the Challenge Stakes, Oakleigh Plate, Rawson Stakes and Doncaster Hcp.  Sunset Hue won three races as a 2 and 3 year old but later he was to sire the champion grey Gunsynd plus stakewinners such as Bensynd and Domino while another colt Shifnal a brother to Todman and Noholme became a successful sire in New Zealand where he sired over 15 stakeswinners including Andretti, Bold Monarch and Jandell.  Jandell went on to stud to foal Jullene (the dam of Brackenbury, Kilspindie and Rullene) and Janderino dam of Nobellotto.  Other members of Star Kingdom's 9th crop to leave an influence at stud includes Pussywillow who won three races and then went on to be the grand dam of Cap D'Antibes (winner of the Newmarket, Lightning, Flight Stks, etc and dam of successful sire French Current) while Sirikit (from Chicquita) became the grand dam of Vacuum (winner of the SA Derby and VRC St Leger) and the unraced Elata was the third dam of multiple stakeswinner Double Dandy.  

Until this time Star Kingdom had been a good natured stallion but in 1960 Todman joined him at stud and took up an adjacent box.  If stud visitors went to see Todman first Star Kingdom would ignore them while turning his back and walking away.  Todman though seemed to like taunting his sire and would stand against the fence and stare at his sire.  Star Kingdom hated this as the younger horse wouldn't back down or react to his response.

In 1961 Star Kingdom's 10th crop was foaled.  20 living offspring were produced from 47 mares (though one that died sold as a yearling for 4600 guineas) of these 19 were named and 18 raced.  A colt called Basalt won 12 races in Queensland while Bogan Star was another honest horse wining 10 races in Sydney and Melbourne while Self Control won 10 races in Sydney but his stars from this crop were Reveille, Star of Heaven and Starlit.  Reveille only raced in Australia at 2 and 3 years before being sent to the USA but as a 3yo she won the AJC Warwick Stakes and then won the AJC Flight Stakes and 1000 Guineas.  After a brief career on the track in America she went to stud where she proved an outstanding success being the dam of a number of stakeswinners but in Australia she is probably best known through former New Zealand sire Taipan and her grand daughter Gourette who produced the talented racehorse now at stud Marechal and Lady Danette who foaled Mr Trickster who defeated WFA star Northerly twice out of three clashes.  Starlit was a multiple stakeswinners as a 2yo and continued her form at 3 years and won at weight for age as a 4yo.  Retired to stud she was the dam of stakeswinner Star Lot who went on to produce NZ Oaks winner Starline (in turn dam of stakeswinner Starry Way).  Starlit also produced the filly Sky who was the dam of Beechcraft (Caulfield Guineas, Canterbury Guineas, Blamey Stakes) and Sky Runner the grand dam of recent Caulfield Guineas winner Econsul.  Cultured Miss raced 8 times without success but her true talent was at stud where she produced Notre Heart, grand dam of grand jumper Hibernian Prince and great grand dam of champion mare Private Steer, and Star Vain grand dam of Darwin Cup winner Star Bullet.  A brother of Todman and Noholme the colt Faringdon only won three races in Sydney before heading to stud where he sired three stakeswinners including the sprinter Sticks and Stones.  Star of Heaven was a brilliant 2yo winning three races before a narrow defeat in the VRC Sires Produce while in Sydney he was placed in the Golden Slipper.  The following spring he won the straight six race in Derby Day (currently known as the Salinger) before winning the Linlithgow Stakes over 1600m.  He was then sent to America to race but returned to Australia for a stud career.  At stud Star of Heaven sired 8 stakes winners including Pleach and the brilliant 2yo Star Shower who was untouched in winning all his starts as  2yo before injury curtailed his career.  At stud Star Shower sired 6 stakes winners including the mighty midget Drawn the Group 1 winner who sired stakeswinner Smart Alex before being sold as a station sire.  Star of Heaven was also the sire of Gosh who in turn sired 61 stakeswinners including Judyann and Goleen.         

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