Star Kingdom

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Star Kingdom
Star Kingdom.jpg
Sire Stardust
Grandsire Hyperion
Dam Impromptu
Damsire Concerto
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1946
Country Ireland
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Richard Ball
Owner Wilfred Harvey
Claude Leigh
Alf Ellison, Reg Moses and Stanley Wootton (at stud)
Trainer 1. John C. Waugh
2. Fred Templemen[1]
Record 16: 9-2-1
Earnings £12,352[2]
Major wins
Richmond Stakes (1948)
Gimcrack Stakes (1948)
Greenham Stakes (1949)
Jersey Stakes (1949)
Hungerford Stakes (1949)
Leading sire in Australia
(1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965)
Star Kingdom Stakes
Last updated on 12 October 2010

Star Kingdom (formerly known as Star King) (1946–1967) was a Thoroughbred race horse bred in Ireland in 1946. Exported to Australia he was an outstanding sire, being the leading sire for five seasons, the leading sire of two-year-olds seven times as well as heading the broodmare sires' list three times.

Foaled on 30 April 1946, Star Kingdom was bred by Richard Ball, master of Cloghran Stud, in County Dublin, Ireland. Star Kingdom was a son of Stardust and out of the unraced mare, Impromptu by Concerto. He was inbred to Sunstar (who won the 2,000 Guineas Stakes and the Epsom Derby), in the fourth generation (4m x 4f). Wilfred Harvey purchased him at the Doncaster sales for 3,100 guineas.

Racing record[edit]

Star Kingdom was registered and raced under the name of Star King in England. Conditioned for racing by John Waugh, in his two-year-old racing season he was rated second (to Abernant) among English sprinters. Out of 16 starts he recorded nine wins and was unplaced only four times collecting £12,352 in stakes.[2] His wins included the York Gimcrack Stakes and the Sandown Park Produce Stakes. All of his wins, with the exception of one, were by long margins of up to ten lengths.[3]

Stud record[edit]

Star Kingdom was purchased by Alf Ellison, Reg Moses and Stanley Wootton[4] at a cost of £4,000 and sent to Australia in 1951. Upon arrival it was obvious that he had not travelled well and he stood only 15 hands and a ½ inch high, leaving his purchasers with serious doubts about the wisdom of their choice. As there was already a Star King in Australia he was re-registered as Star Kingdom and installed at Baramul Stud in New South Wales.[5] His influence was not immediately felt, but eventually he became Australia's leading sire for the first time in the 1958-59 season when his fifth crop began racing although he was the leading sire of two-year olds in his first season and the first sire whose earners were to reach the equivalent of $2 million. Star Kingdom was the leading sire five times, leading sire of two-year-olds seven times as well as leading the broodmare sires' list thrice.[2]

One of his most extraordinary achievements was to sire the winner of the first five Golden Slipper Stakes. Primarily a speed sire his influence is still evident in the bloodlines of many Australian Thoroughbreds today. His progeny held Australian records for 4 furlongs, 5 furlongs, 5½ furlongs, 8 furlongs and 10 furlongs at various times.

Among his offspring were 52 stakeswinners, including the outstanding horses Biscay, Citius, Concert Star, Todman, Fine and Dandy, Noholme, Reveille, Time And Tide, Sky High, Skyline, King Star, Kingster, Star Affair, Planet Kingdom, Kaoru Star (sire of Luskin Star, a Triple Crown winner), Mighty Kingdom, Gold Stakes, Magic Night, Starlit, Cymbal, Courteous, Sunset Hue (sire of Gunsynd) and Ritmar. The top racehorse Sky High was his most prolific winner, recording 29 wins.[3]

Star Kingdom was also a noted broodmare sire with the likes of his daughter Dark Jewel producing Baguette, a Golden Slipper Stakes winner who was unbeaten in his two-year old season and future sire of note.

Standing at Barramul Stud for 16 successive seasons (1951–1966) he died from a bowel blockage, at the age of 21, on 21 April 1967.[6] A headstone at Baramul Stud commemorates him and his son, Todman.

In 1978, more than 11 years after Star Kingdom's death, he had at least 42 sons standing at studs in Australia and New Zealand, including the very successful Kaoru Star. At the same time he also had over 100 grandsons standing at stud.[6]

Tabulated pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Star Kingdom (IRE), chestnut stallion, 1946
Stardust (GB)
Chestnut 1937
Chestnut 1930
Gainsborough Bayardo
Selene Chaucer
Sister Stella
Chestnut 1923
Friar Marcus Cicero
Prim Nun
Etoile Sunstar
Princesse de Galles
Impromptu (IRE)
Bay 1939
Concerto (GB)
Bay 1928
Orpheus Orby
Constellation Sunstar
Stop Her
Thoughtless (IRE)
Bay 1934
Papyrus Tracery (USA)
Miss Matty (GB)
Virgin's Folly Swynford (GB)
Widow Bird (GB)(Family: 1-g)


  1. ^ Star Kingdom Retrieved on 2 June 2009
  2. ^ a b c Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), “Thoroughbred Breeding of the World”, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  3. ^ a b Ulbrich, Richard, See How They Ran, Libra Books, Sandy Bay, TAS, Australia, 1981, ISBN 0-909619-08-5
  4. ^ "Stud angle.". The Sun-Herald (Sydney, NSW : 1953 - 1954). Sydney, NSW: National Library of Australia. 10 October 1954. p. 36. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  5. ^ History of Baramul Stud
  6. ^ a b de Bourg, Ross, “The Australian and New Zealand Thoroughbred”, Nelson, West Melbourne, 1980, ISBN 0-17-005860-3

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