From the Arqana sale in France, this colt is by the Coolmore Stallion STARSPANGLEDBANNER: https://coolmore.com/stallions/starspangledbanner. He is 'French Owner Premiums' qualified. The post sale report read: "Lot 204, an athletic, flashy individual by Starspangledbanner will go into training with Classic-winning trainer, Hugo Palmer. This cracking individual is out of a winning half-sister to G3-placed What Style and is from the family of G1 winners SHOLOKHOV, INTENSE FOCUS and SKITTER SCATTER. Hugo has had a lot of success with progeny of Starspangledbanner including Criterion Stakes (G3) winner HOME OF THE BRAVE."
Hugo Palmer has very quickly established himself alongside Newmarket’s elite trainers, having being catapulted there, by horses such as the Classic winning GALILEO GOLD, GIFTED MASTER, KOROPICK, MOOTASADIR, NEVER BACK DOWN, ESCOBAR and of course, the Group 1 placed HOME OF THE BRAVE.
Home Of The Brave, the 116 rated, winner of £494,000 in prize money, is, of course, by the super sire STARSPANGLEDBANNER and ever since his successes, Hugo has been looking for a replacement for him, by the same sire. In Hugo’s words, “I’ve desperately been trying to buy another Starspangledbanner, but I’ve never been able to get near one, on my budget.” So you can imagine Hugo’s delight in being able to secure, from the Boutique Arqana August Sale, where only the very best of French bred yearlings are presented for sale, this gorgeous chestnut son of STARSPANGLEDBANNER (Home Of The Brave was himself a chestnut colt).
He hails from a fabulous family, laden with quality individuals and he’s a half brother to a winner who is rated 97 no less. You only have to take a brief look at this colt’s photos and videos, to see he oozes quality and he has quite exceptional looks and moves like a dream.
This colt represents both exceptional value, and a real opportunity to race at the highest level, à la Home Of The Brave, should the genes and trainer, click together, once again!
Pedigree Update (November 2019): The Racing Post reported: "Starspangledbanner, sire of another crack juvenile in Cheveley Park Stakes winner Millisle, has had his stallion fee promoted to €22,500."
Trainer Updates: Hugo conducted a stable tour with the Racing Post and was asked to give three 2 year old's to follow for the season and we are delighted to say that our colt is one of them!
Hugo was also asked in April, by Sky Sports Racing, to talk about his juvenile team for 2020. He said about our colt: "Chestnut colt: Starspangledbanner – Via Lattea: I have only had one Starspangledbanner before and that was Home Of The Brave and they have the look of each other. This is a bigger horse and he has a lovely way of going about him. He is probably a mid-Summer horse, late June/early July type, and he’s a big strong colt."
Here he is talking about him in a 'virtual stable tour:'