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David Ward looking ahead to next chapter with Starman; €300,000 mare Ediyva among his first book

A wonderful book of mares is already being compiled for Cartier Champion Sprinter Starman, who is standing his first season for us in 2022 at a fee of €17,500.

His owner-breeder David Ward was busy stocking up at this week's Goffs November Sale, going to €300,000 for Ediyva, a winning daughter of Kingman from the family of Ebadiyla and Estimate, and €160,000 for Shadwell's Sweet Solera Stakes scorer Muraaqaba.

"Both were bought to go to Starman as we're hoping to get some nice, quality, well-bred mares to him," Ward told the Racing Post. "They're both in foal, so they've obviously got to deliver those first and then subject to when they arrive, they'll hopefully head to him.

"They've both got wonderful pedigrees and they're in foal, so getting the Dark Angel and the Siyouni coverings was quite appealing. I'm going to visit him at Tally-Ho tomorrow, so I'll be able to tell him he's got two new girlfriends!

"We're really pleased with these purchases and it's exciting times. I'll be sending ten of my own mares to him and I know there's been lots of breeders inquiring about the horse, and Ed Sackville has been busy signing people up while he's been at the sales! It's a different process for us, trying to support our own stallion rather, but so far it's been wonderful."

Starman was a brilliant sprinter for Ed Walker, winning the Group 1 July Cup and Group 2 Duke Of York Stakes.

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