Star sprinter Starspangledbanner (by Choisir) had very small early crops, due to much-publicised fertility issues, but his first batch featured leading European juvenile The Wow Signal.
The colt burst on to the scene with a nine-length debut score over six furlongs at Ayr in late May, followed-up by beating Cappella Sansevero by one and three-quarter lengths in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, and then beat Hootenanny by half a length to secure the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville.
He was unplaced on his only other start, ended the year on a Timeform rating of 118, and eventually took up stallion duties at Haras de Bouquetot in Normandy. Sadly, there are just nine in his first crop, and he died in March of this year.
A half-brother to seven-furlong listed scorer and Group 2 Rockfel Stakes third Miss Inifinity (by Rock Of Gibraltar), he was out of Muravka (by High Chaparral), a half-sister to dual stakes-winning miler Tolpuddle (by College Chapel).
Grandam Tabdea (by Topsider) won a mile listed contest at Doncaster and was third in the Group 2 Prix de l’Opera over nine furlongs, and she was a full-sister to Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) heroine Ta Rib (by Mr Prospector).
The small number progeny he left behind likely include sprinters and milers and it would be no surprise if at least one or two of them becomes a blacktype horse, or even a pattern winner.
THE WOW SIGNAL (IRE) - b.2012 - Starspangledbanner - Muravka, 3 wins inc Prix Morny (Gr1), Coventry Stakes (Gr2). Sire in France. First foals in 2017. Died in 2018.
Bc - Chickasaw (by Bertolini) Goffs UK August £32,000
Chf - Imperial Topaz (by Dutch Art) Arqana August €20,000
Chf - Lady Sadowa (by Nayef) Osarus September €35,000
Bf - Sister Golightly (by Mtoto) Arqana August €100,000
Chf - Storia Dell’Isola (by Vespone) Osarus September €22,000
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