Timeform 121-rated middle-distance Grade 1 scorer has a pedigree that has been receiving updates again this year, thanks to the success of his half-brother Crystal Ocean (by Sea The Stars).
That classic-placed Group 2 star has a 132 rating from Timeform and is among the ante-post favourites for the Group 1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp, for which he will need to be supplemented.
Their half-sister Crystal Capella (by Cape Cross), a dual winner of the Group 2 Pride Stakes at Newmarket, put up her most impressive performance when running out an eight-length winner of the Group 2 Princess of Wales’s Stakes at the July Course, and their siblings also include the 10-furlong listed scorer Crystal Zvezda (by Dubawi).
Their dam, Crystal Star (by Mark Of Esteem), won the seven-furlong Listed Radley Stakes at two and was Group 3-placed over the same trip at three, and that half-sister to pattern-placed 12-furlong stakes winner Waila (by Notnowcato) is out of Crystal Cavern (by Be My Guest), a winning half-sister to Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) heroine Rose Gypsy (by Green Desert).
This is a prolific blacktype family whose branches and generations also feature the top-level winners Sasuru (by Most Welcome) and Tuscan Evening (by Oasis Dream), and all of this makes Hillstar one of the best-bred young National Hunt stallions at stud.
He stands at Garryrichard Stud, which has a long history of producing leading National Hunt stallions, and there were 45 foals in his first crop.
HILLSTAR (IRE) - b.2010 - Danehill Dancer - Crystal Star, 4 wins inc Canadian International Stakes (Gr1), King Edward VII Stakes (Gr2), Dubai Duty Free Legacy (Arc Trial) Stakes (Gr3), 2nd Hardwicke Stakes (Gr2), Princess of Wales’s Stakes (Gr2), Rose of Lancaster Stakes (Gr3), Ormonde Stakes (Gr3), 3rd King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Gr1), Cumberland Lodge Stakes (Gr3). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2017.
Bc - Augusta Lucinda (by Luso) Goffs February €5,500
bg - Barton Leader (by Supreme Leader) Goresbridge October not sold
Chc - Curzon Ridge (by Indian Ridge) Tatts IRE February not sold
Bc - Definite Grey (by Sagamix) Tatts IRE February €7,000
Chc - Fair Astronomer (by Persian Mews) Tatts IRE February €5,000
Bc - Maritana (by Rahy) Goffs November €3,000
B/brg - Old Madam (by Old Vic) Tatts IRE November withdrawn
Bc - Spartan Angel (by Beneficial) Tatts IRE February €23,000
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