Star Thoroughbreds gets it right with All American

Denise Martin, owner of leading syndicator Star Thoroughbreds, has one piece of advice about All American’s progeny.

She says, “Just allow them a little time to mature and you will be rewarded.”

Denise knows what she’s talking about. She has bought four colts by the Group 1-winning miler, and three of them, Eisenhower, Avonaco and Sentinel, have won eight of their combined 19 starts and more than $400,000 as 3YOs this season.

Her success with All American’s progeny was highlighted at Randwick on Saturday when Eisenhower and Avonaco claimed most of the $100,000 standard & $20,000 BOBS bonus prizemoney in the Decorative Events Handicap.

Eisenhower bounced out from the gates for Josh Parr and quickly settled in front, while Avonaco eventually slipped through to track him in third position, with Disgraceful between them.

Parr and Eisenhower rounded the turn in full flight and did not miss a beat in the home straight, cutting out their last 600 metres in 34.89. Halfway down the straight Avonaco seemed likely to miss a place, but Jason Collett balanced him up and he picked up gamely to snatch second from Disgraceful,  a length from the winner.

Denise Martin says of Eisenhower, “He’s a good quality, big boned horse who ran second last in his first trial as a January two-year-old. We gelded him, gave him time to develop and he returned to win his first two races as a late Spring three-year-old.”

Eisenhower has now won four of his 7 starts from the Gai Waterhouse stable and, including bonus prizemoney, has earned more than three times the $75,000 Star Thoroughbreds paid for him at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. The last and most successful of four foals left by Princess Chutima (by Regal Classic), he was offered by Musk Creek Farm on behalf of breeder David Hunter.

Eisenhower is likely to be seen again this Saturday 13 June at Rosehill, where he’s nominated for a 1500-metre event.

Arrowfield Magic Millions graduate Avonaco (ex Freestyle by Snippets) has won at Canterbury & Scone, and placed three times for his Star Thoroughbreds syndicate and trainer Chris Waller.

An hour after the Randwick quinella, Bachman, another Arrowfield-bred, Magic Millions-sold 3YO son of All American, added a Group 2 placing to his record when he finished second to Jabali in the $400,000 Queensland Guineas. Trained by Gerald Ryan for Damion Flower & partners, he won the ATC Schweppervescence H. G3 at two and was third in last month’s Hawkesbury Guineas G3.

Bachman’s next target is the $125,000 GCTC Daybreak Lover Plate LR over 1800m on 20 June.

All American's family quinella at Canterbury

It was a family affair in the 3YO colts & geldings maiden at Canterbury on Wednesday, impressively won by All American’s half-brother This is Australia from his fast-finishing son Avonaco.

Bred and raced by John Singleton, This is Australia is the fifth winner from the US-bred Milva (Strawberry Road-Tersa), and her first colt since All American, winner of the 2009 VRC Emirates S. G1. This is Australia, by More Than Ready, is a full brother to Group 2-winning filly More Strawberries.

Avonaco, from the Group 2-winning juvenile Freestyle (by Snippets), was bred and sold by Arrowfield at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, where Star Thoroughbreds bought him for $130,000. Avonaco is trained by Chris Waller.

Star Thoroughbreds enjoyed success last Saturday with another Arrowfield-sired 3YO debutant, Confederate (Charge Forward-Expect To Win by Encosta de Lago), produced by Gai Waterhouse to win at Hawkesbury.

All American was among Australia’s leading first-crop sires last season, with 7 winners including Sydney Group 3 winner Bachman and Flemington winner Zebulon, both aiming at Group 1 targets this Spring.

All American’s daughter Lady Trickster, who also won last season, lines up on Saturday in a competitive 3YO fillies event at Moonee Valley alongside London Lolly (Charge Forward), Golconda (Snitzel) and Not A Happy Camper (Not A Single Doubt).