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Starcraft - QEII - Newmarket 24.09.05

Starcraft: the Arrowfield Stud stallion has been covering mares on northern hemisphere time


Australian-bred Starcraft 2yo wins at Southwell

"THERE is always a way", should be owner, breeder and stallion owner Paul Makin's motto for life.

When his stallion Starcraft, a winner of the Prix du Moulin and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, could not travel back to Europe from Australia  for covering duties in 2007 after injury (and he hassince remained down under), Makin reversed the usual - and was one of the first to do so.

Makin covered a batch of mares with Starcraft on northern hemisphere time - a process which he repeated in 2009, sending ten mares from Australia to Tattersalls’ December Sales.

Three Sugars, the stallion's juvenile winner at Southwell today, possesses an Aus suffix and would have been from oneof that first group of mares covered to northern hemisphere time in 2008.

The filly is out of Hoh Dear, who is identifiably part of Makin's second strategy for stallion promotion - he is more than happy to buy decent mares in support of his stallion. In 2005, through Badgers Bloodstock, Hoh Dear, a runner-up in the Cherry Hinton Stakes (G23), was purchased by Makin for 200,000gns.

She was purchased carrying to Galileo, a pregancy that resulted in Kissing The Camera, a Listed-winning, European-raced filly.

The mare's 2006 covering was to Pivotal, but Hoh Dear was exported to Australia after her visit to the Cheveley Stud stallion. Her resulting colt Sussuro, was born in Australia, where he has remained as a racehorse.

Three Sugars is still owned by Makin, having been bred by his bloodstock interest Paulyn Investments, based in  Queensland.

Starcraft is a son of Soviet Star and his best runner to date is the dual Group 1 winner in Australia Star Witness, who finished second in this year's King's Stand Stakes (G1) and third in the Golden Jubilee Stakes  (G1).

Makin has continued in his quest for a quality broodmare band, and at the recent Arqana Sale spent €600,000 on a Montjeu filly from Ecurie des Monceaux.





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