Starman Racing and Sports

Starman Shines for Sir Peter Vela

With Pencarrow principal Sir Peter Vela sharing in the ownership, promising three-year-old Starman (Zoustar) emerged as a black type horse of the future with a determined victory at Rosehill on Saturday.

Ridden by James McDonald for trainer Chris Waller, the gelding called on all of his fighting qualities to edge out stablemate Sacrimony (NZ) (Per Incanto) by a half-head in the A$130,000 Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Sprint (1200m).

Starman is raced by Sir Peter Vela in a partnership that also features Coolmore, Wynaus, Westerberg, Joe Poulin, Chris Waller Racing, Lynque, Woppitt Bloodstock, Peachester Lodge, Rockingham Thoroughbreds, Kerry and Jenny Pooley and Robert McClure. He has now had four starts for two wins, earning A$91,650 in stakes.

“Unfortunately he had to be gelded, but I think it has made a racehorse out of him,” Waller said. “He will be our main hope heading towards the Magic Millions three-year-old race.”

Starman is by the quality Northern Meteor stallion Zoustar, who is the sire of 263 winners from 389 runners including 25 stakes winners, headed by Group One stars Sunlight and Zoutori.

The dam of Starman is the Commands mare You’re Dreamin, a half-sister to Listed winners Johnny Reb (Naturalism) and Power Of Pegasus (Palace Music). Starman’s third dam La Souvronne (NZ) (Sovereign Edition) won the Group One Australian Oaks (2400m).

Starman’s Rosehill win was the latest in a series of successes for this ownership group in recent months, headed by the dominant Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) performance by valuable colt Home Affairs (I Am Invincible) at Flemington on 30 October.