Nine for Star Turn

Cordyceps Six breaks maiden at Sha Tin

STAR TURN
STAR TURN Picture: Vinery.

Fresh from siring his first stakes winner when Miss Hipstar landed the Dalrello Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Morphettville on Saturday, Vinery Stud-based first-season sire Star Turn (Star Witness) added a ninth winner to his record when Cordyceps Six (2 g ex Sandcastles by Hinchinbrook) landed the Argonaut Griffin Plate (1000m) at Sha Tin on Sunday. 

The Richard Gibson-trained two-year-old gelding finished seventh on debut at Sha Tin on April 11 and he showed his class on his second start, beating Turbo Power (Mizzen Mast) by three-quarters of a length, while Smart Idea (Swiss Ace) was the same distance away in third. 

Cordyceps Six was purchased by Sledmere Stud for $25,000 at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale in 2019 and he was then bought for $140,000 by N Lee at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale last year. 

The gelding is out of unraced Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock) mare, who is herself a daughter of Listed-placed Junebug (Shovdog) and she is a half-sister to Listed winner Light Sweeper (End Sweep).

Further back this is the same pedigree as Group 1 winner Heat Of The Moment (Blazing Saddles) and Listed-winning duo Urban Groove (Charge Forward) and Wasted Emotions (Desert Prince). 

In 2019 Sandcastles produced a filly by former Arrowfield Stud shuttler Real Impact (Deep Impact), before foaling a filly by Star Turn’s barnmate Headwater (Exceed And Excel) and she was covered by Sun City (Zoustar) in November. 

Star Turn’s first-crop also includes stakes-placed trio Stellar Magic, Pegasi and Astrologer and he is sitting second behind Capitalist (Written Tycoon) in the race to be crowned champion first-season by number of winners.  

 

Meanwhile at Sha Tin, Butterfield (5 g Setembro Chove - Londrinita by Fahim) landed the Queen Mother Memorial Cup (Gr 3, 2400m) at Sha Tin, his first stakes win in Hong Kong since he arrived from his native Brazil. 

A three-time Grade 1 winner in Brazil, the six-year-old gelding came out on top a close finish to beat Charity Fun (War Command) by a nose, while Reliable Team (Reliable Man) was another head away in third. 


Racing and Sports



Sha Tin

Sunday, 02nd May 2021

1
12:30
(local)

The Argonaut Griffin Plate

HKD $850,000
1000m TURF GOOD
1
12:30
(local)
HKD $850,000
1000m GOOD

The Argonaut Griffin Plate

FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 7. CORDYCEPS SIX (AUS) 2yo G
STAR TURN (AUS) - SANDCASTLES (AUS)
TONY PICCONE
R GIBSON
$101.00
55.0kg
Catherina Yim Wai Ling

Sales Information

2nd 1. TURBO POWER (USA) 3yo C
MIZZEN MAST (USA) - HEAD FOR HOME (CAN)
C Y HO
K W LUI
$4.00
60.5kg
Sunny Wong Chi Tat

Sales Information

3rd 9. SMART IDEA (NZ) 2yo G
SWISS ACE (AUS) - ELEANOR COUP (NZ)
JOAO MOREIRA
F C LOR
$2.11
55.0kg
Evergreen Syndicate

Sales Information

4th 6. CHEVAL VALIANT (NZ) 2yo G
CHARM SPIRIT (IRE) - FOLIES BERGERE (NZ)
BLAKE SHINN
D WHYTE
$17.00
55.0kg

Sales Information

5th 10. SUPER KINGDOM (AUS) 2yo C
STREET BOSS (USA) - RENAKA (AUS)
K TEETAN
TONY MILLARD
$26.00
55.0kg

Sales Information

6th 8. MIRACLE VICTORY (AUS) 2yo C
ASTERN (AUS) - DELALUNA (AUS)
CHAD SCHOFIELD
DAVID A HAYES
$17.00
55.0kg

Sales Information

7th 5. HK DRAGON (JPN) 3yo G
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - SWEET LADY (AUS)
JERRY CHAU
D WHYTE
$3.75
54.0kg
8th 4. HANG'S CHOICE (IRE) 3yo G
EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) - TINGLEO (GB)
M YEUNG
W Y SO
$151.00
57.0kg

Sales Information

9th 2. CHIU CHOW WARRIOR (USA) 3yo C
PIONEEROF THE NILE (USA) - MILDLY OFFENSIVE (USA)
ALEX BADEL
K W LUI
$21.00
57.0kg

Sales Information

10th 3. GO SING (IRE) 3yo G
LAWMAN (FR) - JILLNEXTDOOR (IRE)
R MAIA
C S SHUM
$101.00
57.0kg

Sales Information