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Starcraft - QEII - Newmarket 24.09.05

Starcraft: Star Witness became his first Australian stakes winner when scoring in the Listed Talindert Stakes at Flemington on Saturday



First Australian stakes winner for Starcraft

STARCRAFT was represented by his first Australian stakes winner on Saturday when the unbeaten juvenile Star Witness scored in the Listed Talindert Stakes at Flemington.

So impressive was the colt that he is likely to take his place in next month's Group One Blue Diamond Stakes.

The New Zealand-bred Starcraft won five races at Group 1 level in Australasia, Britain and France including the AJC Australian Derby, Prix du Moulin and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, in which he defeated Dubawi.

Due to his European exploits, the imposing son of Soviet Star stood his first season at Cheveley Park Stud in Newmarket, a stint which so far has produced four winners including last season's Hilary Needler Trophy heroine Don't Tell Mary and the Group 3-placed Keep Cool.

Star Witness is one of two winners from the stallion's first Australian crop, which were conceived at Arrowfield Stud.  Starcraft stood the past southern hemisphere season at A$22,000 (£12,159/€14,022).

Star Witness - A$150,000 Magic Millions yearling purchase - is the first named foal out of the Group 3-winning Lion Hunter mare Leone Chiara.





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