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Friday, 16 November, 2018

Golden Rose Stakes scorer Astern to stand at Darley Kelvinside

The son of Medaglia D'Oro also won a key Golden Slipper trial

Astern: won the Silver Slipper Stakes as a juvenile, a key trail for the Golden Slipper
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Astern, a top-flight scorer who raced in the blue of Godolphin, has been retired and will be added to the roster at Darley's Kelvinside base in Australia this year. His fee will be announced at a later date. 

The three-year-old son of Medaglia D'Oro won on his first two starts as a juvenile, including the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes.

Having won that key trial, trainer John O'Shea then ran him in the Golden Slipper, the world's most valuable two-year-old race. But a wide barrier did not aid his chances and following a luckless run he finished 11th.

Astern's biggest win came in the Golden Rose Stakes over seven furlongs at Rosehill. A month later, he finished second in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington.

Henry Plumptre, managing director of Godolphin Australia, said: "Astern is a colt of the highest quality. He's an exceptional type from a world-class family.

"His dam Essaouira was a brilliantly fast daughter of Exceed And Excel and his granddam, Alizes, won the Magic Night as a two-year-old and was favourite for the Golden Slipper before succumbing to injury.

"Medaglia D'Oro has been a phenomenal stallion for us in both hemispheres, and, as his best son, Astern has all the credentials to follow in his father's footsteps.

"I think he will be an outstanding stallion because he will throw horses with great temperament and good speed. Most commercial breeders want a horse that presents very well and looks the part and if he throws them in the image of himself he’s going to have all those things."

Astern has all the credentials to follow in his father's footsteps

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