April 23, 2008

Star Way

Windsor Park Stud's champion sire Star Way died peacefully at age 31 last Friday afternoon at the stud where he had resided for the past 27 years.

British-bred Star Way was purchased by Nelson Schick as a four-year-old and commenced his stud career at Windsor Park in 1981 at the completion of a successful racing career. The son of Star Appeal was a stakes-winning two-year-old at Royal Ascot.

He was Champion Sire of two-year-olds with his first crop to race. He sired a then world record five Group One winners in his first crop, a feat later to be equalled by Sadler's Wells. His first crop included Champion two-year-old Star Board, the great galloper Waverley Star, classic winners Shankhill Lass and Starjo and multiple Gr.1 winner Field Dancer.

Star Way later repeated this extraordinary achievement with his fifth crop, which included no less than 10 Group-winning three year olds, five of which won at Group One level.

Winner of the prestigious Dewar Stallion Award, Star Way has to date sired 60 stakes winners including 18 Group 1 winners. His latest Group winner, Cog Hill, is a member of Star Way's 19th crop while his most recent group performer Shining Light, second in the Group 2 Hawke's Bay Gold Cup on Saturday, is a member of his 22nd crop.

Star Way also excelled as a broodmare sire with his daughters producing no less than 45 stakes winners including this year's Group One New Zealand Oaks winner Boundless, as well as Australia's current leading sire Encosta de Lago.

Star Way's final crop, his 27th and sired at age 30, are due to born this coming spring.