Astern ex Speedwagon colt

Horse Details

KEY POINTS

  • Tremendously athletic colt by Group 1 winner & boom first season sire ASTERN and the 2nd foal of 2YO winner SPEEDWAGON, who is by three-time Champion Sire Snitzel. A Precocious family!
  • “A magnificent, well balanced colt. He is a great mover with spectacular bloodlines.” – Chris Ward.
  • ASTERN is everything you look for in a stallion: a Group 2 winner at 2, a Group 1 winner at 3, by a proven source of precocious talent in MEDAGALIA D’ORO and hailing from a family chockfull of 2YO Group winners!
  • This colt is the 2nd foal of a 2YO winner, who is a sister to a 2YO winner and $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic placegetter. The colt’s granddam has produced winners of 24 races, while the stakes winning 3rd dam left 3 Group winners. This is also the family of Group 1-winning siblings SHARVASTI AND SHASTRI.
  • Selected by Triple Crown’s Chris & Michael Ward. Selectors of REDZEL, HOT SNITZEL, PEGGY JEAN, DOTHRAKI, CHARLIE BOY, REELEM IN RUBY, MISSILE MANTRA, MOSS TRIP, MILITARY ZONE FLYING SNITZEL, CAVALRY ROSE etc.
  • To be trained by world renowned pair of Peter and Paul Snowden, trainers of Triple Crown’s 2017 ($10 million) and 2018 ($13 million) The Everest winner REDZEL and 2016 Golden Slipper winner CAPITALIST, EPAULETTE, RUSSIAN REVOULTION, SHOOTING TO WIN, SEPOY, PRIDE OF DUBAI, HOT SNITZEL, FORENSICS, PEGGY JEAN, DENMAN, GUELPH, EARTHQUAKE, HELMET, SKILLED, PURPLE, MENTAL, COMPLACENT, & BENFICA etc.

THE HORSE

We were just so happy to secure this colt. First and foremost he’s a terrific type – well balanced and a great mover.

What’s more, the chatter around his first season sire ASTERN is incredible. ASTERN really throws them to type (as this colt is testimony to) and we all know what he did on the track: winner of 3 from 4 as a 2YO including the Group 2 Silver Slipper, he would come back at 3 to capture the ‘stallion making’ Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes.

His sire, MEDAGLIA D’ORO is a proven source of juvenile talent (including Champion Colt and Group 1 Golden Slipper winner VANCOUVER), while there is a great deal of speed in the dam’s side as well.

Indeed, both the dam SPEEDWAGON and her sister SCHIFFER (Randwick winner & 3rd in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic) revealed their best at 2.

And just to top it all off, SPEEDWAGON’s grandsire REDOUTE’S CHOICE has ‘nicked’ particularly well with MEDAGLIA D’ORO, yielding 12 winners – among them Group 1 winner FLIT and last season’s multiple stakes winner POHUTUKAWA.

Watch the video below to see our stunning Astern colt parade.

ASTERN

There’s a very good reason why ASTERN was one of the most popular First Season Sires at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, with his youngsters selling for up to $725,000.

Primarily it’s because the Group 1 winning son of MEDAGLIA D’ORO is really throwing them to type: terrific conformation and wonderful action.

ASTERN, in so many ways, is exactly what you look for in a stallion. As a 2YO, he won 3 of his 4 outings including the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (also won by PIERRO) and the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes.

At 3, ASTERN would resume with a win in the Group 2 Run To The Rose before racing away with the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes by over 2 lengths (7 of the last 8 winners of the Golden Rose are now at stud!).

ASTERN then finished a lip 2nd to Russian Revolution in the Group 2 Roman Consul before ending his spring with a 2nd to Flying Artie in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes.

ASTERN’s sire, MEDAGLIA D’ORO, is a renowned source of juvenile talent and among his 138 stakes winners of $170 million are Champion 2YO Colt and Golden Slipper winner VANCOUVER, plus dual Group 1 winning 2YO BOLT D’ORO.

ASTERN loses nothing on the dam side either: he is a ½ brother to Champion 3YO Filly and 3-time Group 1 winner ALIZEE, last year’s Group 2 Silver Slipper runner-up TASSORT and multiple stakes-placed MOGADOR, while his dam ESSAOUIRA was a city winner at 2.

What’s more the 2nd (ALIZES, Group 2 Magic Night), 3rd (LA BARAKA, Group 1 Galaxy) and 4th (TRISCAY, Group 1 Champagne Stakes) dams were all stars at 2 and 3. A ready made sire.

SPEEDWAGON

She was something of a SPEEDWAGON alright … finishing in the top 4 in all bar one of her race starts, SPEEDWAGON ended up a dual winner after scoring on debut as a 2YO by over 2 lengths.

This is only SPEEDWAGON’s 2nd foal, but she is a sister to the Gerald Ryan-trained SCHIFFER, a winner at Randwick at 2 before heading to the Gold Coast for a 3rd behind KARUTA QUEEN in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic. At 3, SCHIFFER would return to the Coast to take out the Magic Millions Sprint.

SPEEDWAGON is also a ½ sister to 5 other winners, among them WETAKEMANHATTAN (6 wins), WALLOON REGION (5 wins) and PERFECT MATCH (5 wins).

SPEEDWAGON, meanwhile, is from MODAVE, a sister to Group 1 winning and multiple Group 1 placed Kiwi SHARVASTI and ½ sister to Group winner and Group 1 runner-up SHASTRI, while other close relations include Sebring’s 2019 Group winner SEMARI (6 wins).

The bloodlines are magnificent!

Prizemoney opportunities like never before. . .

Please note that this outstanding colt is eligible and suited to target the following races:

  • $12,700,000 MAGIC MILLIONS race series (already nominated)
  • $3,500,000 Golden Slipper (already nominated)
  • $1,000,000 Golden Rose (already nominated)

In 2018/19, there was $809,109,018 distributed in prizemoney throughout Australia with stakes increasing by 92% in the last 10 years: the highest of any racing nation in the world. There are also 60 races worth $1 million or greater – including 9 x 2YO races – in Australia, whilst the phenomenal $14m The Everest is the pinnacle for the older horses.

The colt is also BOBS (Breeder Owner Bonus Scheme), and BOBS EXTRA eligible which means he will be running for millions of dollars in extra bonuses over and above any prizemoney. For example (using some standard race figures):

  • Metro Race (Saturday) – Prizemoney = $125,000 plus BOBS up to $40,000. Total on offer = $165,000!
  • Metro Race (Midweek) – Prizemoney = $50,000 plus BOBS up to $20,000. Total on offer = $70,000!
  • Provincial Race – Prizemoney = $35,000 plus BOBS up to $10,000. Total on offer = $45,000!
  • Country Race – Prizemoney = $22,000 plus BOBS up to $10,000. Total on offer = $32,000!

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