Article Date: 08-May-2012
The 2010 dual Group 1 winner Starspangledbanner could race again after fertility problems put a stop to his stud career.
The horse is thought to have got less than 50 mares in foal this year at Coolmore and was a noticeable absentee from the Coolmore stallion squad set to shuttle to Australia later this year.
Following numerous enquiries from the media, a Coolmore spokesperson said on Tuesday: "Owing to ongoing fertility issues which have not improved as much as hoped, it was decided not to shuttle Starspangledbanner to the southern hemisphere for the upcoming breeding season. A decision on his future will be made later this month but it is possible that he may go back into training at Ballydoyle.”
A son of Choisir and foaled in Australia, Starspangledbanner won two Group 1 sprints in his native country before transferring to Aidan O'Brien's stable for the 2010 European flat season. Ridden by Johnny Murtagh, he won the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and the July Cup at Newmarket that year.
He ran twice more before retiring to stud, finishing second to Sole Power in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York and fifth behind Markab in the Haydock Sprint Cup.
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