Starspangledbanner: Lightning Stakes hopeful could retire to CoolmorePICTURE: Getty
Coolmore in the hunt
A DEAL to secure the stud services of Caulfield Guineas winner Starspangledbanner appears to have fallen the way of Coolmore, according to a report in theage.com.au.
The three-year-old son of Choisir - himself secured in a similar way by the Irish-based outfit during his racing career - is set to make his next appearance in Saturday's Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington.
''This colt beat Denman, So You Think and Trusting, and all three are exceptional colts and will be valuable stallion prospects in the future,'' said Coolmore Australia's general manager Michael Kirwan of the colt, who has been valued at between A$6 million-A$10 million.
"He has a terrific pedigree and is a lovely looking individual. He'll make a great addition to our team if we are lucky enough to secure him."
According to the colt's owner Brad Spicer, the deal's completion could see Starspangledbanner join Aidan O'Brien in 2011 for a Royal Ascot campaign.
Starspangledbanner is the third foal out of the stakes-placed Gold Anthem, a daughter of Made Of Gold from the immediate family of Elvstroem and Haradasun.