Star Witness Retired After July Cup Flop

July 11, 2011

DEPOSIT $100 to get

$250

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50 bet with

$200

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25 to get

$75

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250 to get

$250

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Star Witness Retired After July Cup Flop

Australian sprinter Star Witness will head back to Australia to begin a promising career at stud after failing in the July Cup at Newmarket.

Star Witness will now be retired to stud.

After running second in the King’s Stand Stakes and third in the Golden Jubilee, Star Witness started as an $8.00 second favourite, however he finished a disappointing tenth behind Dream Ahead and Bated Breath and Hitchens.

Star Witness, who was ridden by Aussie hoop Steven Arnold, sat just off the pace in the opening stages of the race, however when they quickened for home Star Witness could find another gear and he faded to finish mid field.

“There was no early speed on. He was a little plain today and I’m disappointed,” Arnold said.

Star Witness will now stand at Yarraman Park Stud with a service fee of $16,500.

The July Stakes was historic for another reason, as it was the first time in the history of British horse racing that a female rider had claimed outright victory in a Group One race.

Hayley Turner was told that she would ride Dream Ahead just two before the meet, after regular rider William Buick declared that he would be unavailable.

“I’m just so thrilled as I had it on my list of things to do. I only found out I was riding him two days ago and I haven’t sat on the horse before so I can’t take too much of the credit,” Turner said.

William Buick told me how to ride him, and he said not to get there too soon.

“Steve’s Horse (Bated Breath) started to hang right and caused a bit of interference, but it’s always the case when you’re on a horse that travels so well that he gets you out of trouble.”

Turner became the first woman to ride an outright Group One winner. In 1997 Alex Graves became the first woman to win a Group One race, however she did it as part of a dead heat.

The win was also a form of vindication for trainer David Simcock, as it confirmed the class of Dream Ahead, who was rated as the equal top two year old last season with Frankel.

“This is important for the horse. There really wasn’t anything for him at before Ascot, so we had to go down the mile road and he didn’t stay the distance,” Simcock said.

“I’ve been quite protective of him, especially when people have questioned his rating and everything. But this win has only enhanced his reputation and I’d like to think there is more to come.

“I would just like to say thanks to all the team at Trillium Palace and also lots of congratulations go out to Hayley Turner. She couldn’t have done a better job.”

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field ...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field Released

Ascot Racecourse in W.A. hosts one of the summer’s highlight races on New...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney R...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney Race for Viddora

Ace young South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell has confirmed his Group 1...

Vega Magic Injured But Still S...

Vega Magic Injured But Still Scaling The Everest 2018

A freak accident in the paddock last month has ruled the Lindsay Park-trained...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 Geo...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 George Moore Stakes

Heavy midweek rainfall in Brisbane has put the George Moore Stakes 2017 run of...

Horse Racing Today

Trapeze Artist heads up 2018 E...

Thronum to chase G1 glory afte...

Thronum to chase G1 glory after 2018 Australia Stakes win

Lindsay Park co-trainer Tom Dabernig will now step Thronum up to Group 1...

Pierata heads up final field f...

Pierata heads up final field for 2018 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

The in-form Greg Hickman trained Pierata heads up a final field of sixteen...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emerge...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emergencies for 2018 Magic Millions 2yo Classic

The David Atkins trained Jonker will carry the number one saddlecloth in the...

Pierata chasing huge payday in...

Pierata chasing huge payday in 2018 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

The Greg Hickman trained three year old Pierata is in the running for a huge...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field