Coenie De Beer, the owner and trainer of Gr1 Tsogo Sun Sprint winner and Equus Award Champion Sprinter Talktothestars, brought the leading sprinter to Scottsville yesterday along with his full sister by Overlord, Lady Starlett, the latter giving a galloping lesson to win strongly going away.
Talktothestars under Ashton Arries was entered alongside Brutal Force for the day’s Pinnacle Stakes – a race which turned into what was almost a triple dead heat between the three horses evenly spaced along the rails and centre. Talktothestars finished third after finding a comeback to take on a fast finishing Brutal Force – both of the strapping geldings carrying 61.5kgs were beaten by Var filly Sommerlied, carrying 56kgs.
Looking like a less imposing image of her full brother, the Scott Bros-bred Lady Starlett had Anton Marcus in the irons and it was doubtful if she would see out the 1200m – after being very successfull over 1000m, on form the 1200m was questionable.
She silenced her critics by absolutely anihilating the opposition and flying to the finish to win by almost two lengths – securing her fifth career victory and an elated Anton Marcus. In addition to her wins, Lady Starlett has placed seven times.
Being a full sister to a Gr1 Equus Champion and a multiple winner at stud, there is no doubt that Lady Starlett has secured her future to make her contribution towards the South African stud book.
Garth Puller has an outstanding Mogok colt half-brother to the above duo in training, whilst their Eightfold Path yearling sibling colt sold at Nationals earlier this year.
Look out for the Scott Bros National 2YO Sale draft at the upcoming sale – their past graduates have included the likes of Talktothestars (who never got a bid), The Apache (sold for R80 000), and Listed and Gr1 placed Matador Man, who sold for R180 000.