Many congratulations to Juddmonte Farms on the victory of their homebred Task Force in the Starman at Tally Ho Stud British EBF Maiden at Salisbury on Saturday.
The Frankel colt, who is out of the 1,000 Guineas heroine Special Duty, quickened clear in the hands of Rhys Clutterbuck to win by over three lengths for Ralph Beckett ahead of Kingswood Flyer in second and First Encore in third.
Champion sprinter Starman has been extremely well received in his first two seasons at stud and we are looking forward to seeing his first foals at the winter breeding stock sales later this year.
His owner-breeder David Ward has supported him strongly as has Whatton Manor Stud, which raised Starman on behalf of David.
He told Owner Breeder magazine: “I’m very pleased with the foals born, they’ve all got substance and scope with good temperaments. And speaking to others with them, they seem very happy as well.
“We also want to support those who had the belief in the horse to use him, and so we’ll be looking to buy some of his foals and yearlings.”
Whatton Manor Stud is another in a strong position to appreciate Starman having raised him on behalf of Ward.
“The chatter on the street about him is extremely good,” says the stud’s Ed Player. “People have also been ringing to say what nice Starman foals they have as well.
“We have six exceptional foals. They have great strength, substance and loads of quality and athleticism. They’re just very similar to him.”
Starman was a brilliant sprinter whose wins included the Group 1 July Cup and Group 2 Duke Of York Stakes. He stood the past season for €15,000.