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Record-breaker's Valley Debut

Andrew Eddy@fastisheddy 11 June, 2020

Being the only horse on debut, two-year-old Stardarmesta is giving away valuable experience to his rivals at The Valley on Saturday, but the Zoustar gelding already has substantial bragging rights over the rest of the field. For whether he can gallop or not, the youngster already has a record to his name after he reportedly became the most successful pin-hooking venture ever in Australia last year. Purchased by renowned bloodstock expert Suman Hedge for a seemingly hefty $200,000 as a weanling in 2018, the horse was offered the following year at the Sydney Easter Yearling sales, where he was purchased by the Hong Kong-based Orbis Thoroughbreds for a cool $1 million. He debuts for Hawkes Racing on Saturday in the Seamus Mills Bloodstock Handicap (1200m). Hedge purchased and raced the stallion Zoustar and looks over most of his progeny to be sold. ‘’I have been looking for a Zoustar colt since he went to stud and then this horse came along and he looked the athlete his father was so, although $200,000 was seen as quite a lot for a weanling, I thought he was worth the gamble.’’ Hedge had him initially marked him to be sold on the Gold Coast in January last year at the Magic Millions sales. ‘’We had him nominated for the Gold Coast but we held him back for Easter and I am glad we did because he really developed in those few months from January to April and he looked great by the time the (Sydney Easter) sale came around.’’ Hedge explained he has moved more into pin-hooking – where horses are bought as babies and sold on as yearlings – in recent years on the back of nearly 20 years involvement in the industry, which began with the $19,000 purchase in 2002 of broodmare Myrrh, who went on to produce Doncaster Handicap winner Triple Honour. ‘’It came about after a few clients approached me about doing a pin-hooking venture over a five-year tenure,’’ Hedge said. ‘’They give me a guarantee of an amount to spend each year and the pool just keeps building It has enabled us to go out and be fairly aggressive in the market.’’ Of course, Hedge no longer has an official link with Stardarmesta, but he said he couldn’t help but watch out for his progress. ‘’We’ve been watching every week for him, especially after seeing he jumped out recently,’’ he said. ‘’He’s struck a pretty smart field there on Saturday so it will be a good test for him on debut but we’re all keen to see what he can do.’’

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