Dam of Star Empire set to visit Fastnet Rock
James Worrall purchased Celestial Empire for £600
Celestial Empire - the dam of Star Empire, a Graded-placed Foxwedge colt in the US - will be covered by Fastnet Rock, the sire of Foxwedge, this year.
James Worrall, who consigns under Thrift Farm Stud with his partner Claire Sayer just outside Newmarket, made a shrewd purchase when acquiring the dam of Star Empire for £600 from 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.
Star Empire won on his first two starts at two 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 down the field.
The decision to go to Foxwedge was based on a recommendation from Worrall's vet.
"We were going to go back to Foxwedge if he came back this year, but he stayed over in Australia," he said.
Worrall has decided to send the mare to the Coolmore shuttler Fastnet Rock, 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 to Star Empire in training with Henry Spiller in Newmarket.
Celestial Empire was not covered in 2015 and is expecting a foal by the classy Australian sprinter Brazen Beau this spring.