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Perfect start for Starcraft in Northern Hemisphere

DON'T TELL MARY, the first runner from the sole Northern Hemisphere-bred crop by Starcraft, made a winning debut in the 5f median auction maiden stakes at Bath tonight.

The Tom Dascombe-trained juvenile filly was bred by Mascalls Stud and was purchased by David Redvers for £32,000 at Doncaster last year.

She is the fourth winner produced by the 14-year-old Listed-placed Polar Falcon mare Only In Dreams. Her half-brother Cape Fear, by Cape Cross, won the St Leger Yearling Stakes and ran second in the July Stakes at two.

A son of Soviet Star, Starcraft was a multiple winner at the highest level in Australia and New Zealand (where he was bred, by Garry Chittick), before being transferred to be trained by Luca Cumani in Newmarket.

Starcraft scored a Group 1 double for Cumani in the Prix du Moulin and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, in which he beat Dubawi.

In 2006 he covered 105 mares at Cheveley Park Stud for a fee of £10,000, but has not returned to stand at stud in Europe since then.

He was due to return to Cheveley Park in 2007, but the trip was cancelled after he suffered an injury to his off-hind leg after covering his first southern-hemisphere book of mares at Arrowfield Stud in Australia.

Starcraft's fee at Arrowfield for the forthcoming Australasian breeding season is A$22,000.





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