Tremendously athletic colt by Group 1 winner & boom first season sireASTERN 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.
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.
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.
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 winnerSEMARI (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!
Peter Snowden was appointed Head Trainer of the Australian leg of world-class breeding and racing operation, Darley (now Godolphin) in 2008, a role in which he dominated Sydney racing for six years. During his time at Darley he enjoyed unmatched success winning the Sydney Trainer’s Premiership, notching 29 Group 1’s and 214 other stakes wins, amassing $76,743,659 in prizemoney.
Throughout his career, Peter has proved himself a superior trainer of 2yo’s. In May 2016 he won the world’s most valuable and prestigious juvenile race – the Golden Slipper – for a third time with CAPITALIST, adding to the list of multiple wins in the Blue Diamond, Sire’s Produce, T.J Smith and Champagne Stakes. In 2011, he oversaw a clean sweep of every juvenile Group 1 race, with SEPOY (Blue Diamond, Golden Slipper), HELMET (Sires’ Produce Stakes, Champagne Stakes) and BENFICA (T.J. Smith), a feat that had never before been accomplished.
Peter, also known as the modern day King of the Caulfield Guineas, has demonstrated himself as a superb developer of a horse into their third year, having won Australia’s most coveted 3yo race three times over the last eight years. Peter is rightly regarded as the most astute trainer in the industry.
Paul Snowden commenced his career as a track work rider before graduating to Assistant Trainer for Darley, where he ran the Melbourne stables with outstanding success. Paul prepared approximately 80-100 winners each season and oversaw SEPOY’S clean sweep of Melbourne’s 3yo and Open class sprinting events including Group 1 wins in the Manikato and Coolmore Stud Stakes.
Peter & Paul commenced their training partnership in 2014 and within their first 12 months recorded a remarkable five Group 1 wins including Caulfield Guineas winner SHOOTING TO WIN, as well as PRIDE OF DUBAI, HOT SNITZEL & MIRACLES OF LIFE. Peter & Paul have produced an endless list of outstanding racehorses including REDZEL, CAPITALIST, SEPOY, DENMAN, SHOOTING TO WIN, HOT SNITZEL, FORENSICS, PRIDE OF DUBAI, PEGGY JEAN, GUELPH, EARTHQUAKE, HELMET, EPAULETTE, SKILLED, CHARLIE BOY, MENTAL, COMPLACENT, BENFICA, BEADED, DOTHRAKI, INVADER, TYCOON TARA and RUSSIAN REVOLUTION etc.
In what was a great coup for both sides, Triple Crown and Team Snowden proudly announced an exclusive partnership in September 2014, which ensures that you, the Triple Crown owners, will always have a chance to race a horse with Team Snowden located at Sydney’s newly improved, world class racecourse Royal Randwick.
The syndicate is being formed at $10,990 per 10% share or $5,495 per 5% including GST.
The share price includes the purchase of the horse, breaking-in, Golden Slipper & Golden Rose nomination fee, Magic Millions Race Series fee, agistment, transport, ASIC compliance, insurance, pre-training, training, professional indemnity insurance, transport, vet, farrier, registration fees and all expenses prior to 1 April 2020.
Please note we are also able to accept Racing NSW BOBS vouchers as part payment, should you have any.
a) Naming Rights – Each owner will be entitled to the submission of one name suggestion for the horse per 5% shareholding. Once all shares have been sold Triple Crown will call for your name suggestions. A vote will then be conducted to select the name to be submitted to the Registrar of Racehorses.
b)Racing Colours– Red with white Triple Crown Syndications logo.