Dam of Star Empire to visit Fastnet Rock

Celestial Empire: dam of the Graded-placed Star Empire

PICTURE: Thrift Farm Stud Dam of Star Empire to visit Fastnet Rock By Ollie O'Donoghue 12:46PM 18 JAN 2017

CELESTIAL EMPIRE, the dam of Star Empire, a Graded-placed Foxwedge colt in the US, will be covered by Fastnet Rock who is the sire of Foxwedge in 2017.

James Worrall, who consigns under Thrift Farm Stud with his partner Claire Sayer just outside Newmarket, made a very shrewd purchase when acquiring the dam of Star Empire for £600 off his former employer John Gosden.

The investment paid off when Worrall sold a Foxwedge colt out of Celestial Empire for 40,000gns to De Burgh Equine and James Harron at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale in 2014.

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Star Empire won on his first two starts at three and later placed twice in Grade 3 races at Arlington and Belmont. Trainer Wesley Ward then ran him in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, where he finished last of 11, with Star Empire likely to race on at four.

The decision to go to Foxwedge was based on a recommendation from his vet. Worrall said: "We were going to go back to Foxwedge if he came back this year, but he stayed over in Australia."

Worrall decided to send the mare to the Coolmore shuttler Fastnet Rock in 2017 which will result in a three-parts brother or sister to Star Empire, which will likely be sold.

Worrall has not been shy to race the offspring of Celestial Empire.

Celestial Empire's first produce Starlite Jewel, a six-year-old Virtual mare, ran on the Flat for Worrall and will be covered for the first time this year, and Worrall has Wootton Bassett in mind.

Unnoticed, a five-year-old Observatory gelding, finished second seven times without getting his nose in front, but was promoted to first in a maiden at Wolverhamption.

Worrall also has Unbridled Star, a two-year-old sister of Star Empire in training with Henry Spiller in Newmarket.

Celestial Empire was not covered in 2016 and is expecting a foal to the classy Australian sprinter Brazen Beau this spring.

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