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Big Thrill For Corstens Family

Few wins would give father and son training team Leon and Troy Corstens as much pleasure as seeing their filly Thrillster take out the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes at Moonee Valley on September 8.

Big Thrill For Corstens Family

Few wins would give father and son training team Leon and Troy Corstens as much pleasure as seeing their filly Thrillster take out the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes at Moonee Valley on September 8.

Thrillster (Starspangledbanner x Heart Of Thrills by Show A Heart) provided her sire Starspangledbanner with his ninth stakes winner and completed a stakes double for the Coolmore stallion after his import Home Of The Brave (Starspangledbanner x Blissful Beat by Beat Hollow) won the G2 Theo Marks Stakes at Rosehill.

The Corstens have a close affinity with Starspangledbanner, having trained him to Group One success before watching him endure much-publicised fertility issues after he went to stud in 2011.


Naturally they were delighted that he doubled his number of Australian stake wins in the space of an hour and also relieved to see Thrillster Horseform win after their team had been affected by a virus.

"We've had a bit of a bad run over the last six months," Troy Corstens said. "We haven't kept it a secret but we've had a bug go through the stable with temperatures popping up here and there."

The connection between the Corstens, Starspangledbanner and Home Of The Brave runs deeper than genetics.

Home Of The Brave Horseform, one of only 33 foals from Starspangledbanner's first Northern Hemisphere crop, was originally purchased as yearling by Troy Corstens and agent Justin Bahen for 80,000 euros at the 2013 Arqana Deauville Yearling Sale in France.

"We raced him with a group of Australian owners with Hugo Palmer in England. We were always thinking of bringing him here but then Hugo did a deal with Godolphin and we sold him to them in 2016," Corstens said.

Home Of The Brave, now racing in Australia under the care of Godolphin trainer James Cummings, is out of the unraced Blissful Beat, dam of one other winner from her three foals to race.

Home Of The Brave
Home Of The Brave Picture:Racing and Sports

Blissful Beat is a half-sister to the G3 winners Rashbag (Reprimand) and Suggestive (Reprimand).

Their dam Pleasuring (Good Times) is a half-sister to the G3 winner and noted broodmare Bay Street (Grundy), who has produced 13 winners including five stakes winners.

Starspangledbanner, whose previous Australian stakes winner was the unbeaten 2YO Of The Brave Horseform, stands with his sire Choisir (Danehill Dancer) at Coolmore Australia.

Thrillster was bred and raised at Victoria’s Rosemont Stud.

Her dam Heart Of Thrills is a grand-daughter of the NZ-bred G2 and G3 winner Soleil Rouge (Red Tempo) from a family of Hong Kong G1 winner All Thrills Too (St Covet), Sydney G3 winner Swear (Redoute’s Choice) and the outstanding NZ filly Crossyourheart (Show A Heart).

Racing And Sports



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R5 ROSEHILL 8 September 2018
Theo Marks Stakes 3U , 1300m
Race Synopsis: Godolphin's import Home Of The Brave followed his promising second when making his Australian debut in the Aurie's Star Handicap (Gr 3, 1200m) at Flemington on August 11 with a very smart win here. He began well, soon went to the front and Glyn Schofield let him stride along approaching the 600m. He then fought back strongly in the straight, comfortably holding off his opposition to win impressively. The Rosehill Guineas (Gr 1, 2000m) winner D'Argento showed early pace to settle in third place. He set out after the leader nearing the home run, briefly looked a threat at the 200m and then battled on gamely for second in a really promising effort at his second run this preparation. Trapeze Artist raced back in fifth place, one off the rails, put in a good run coming to the 300m and battled on strongly under his top weight (61kg) for a very good third, resuming here. Shillelagh raced in second last place in the seven-horse field and she kept making up good ground for (3.7 lengths) fourth in a promising first-up performance.

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Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
2. HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE)
6yo Gelding
JAMES CUMMINGS
GLYN SCHOFIELD
57.5
$5.50
 
STARSPANGLEDBANNER (AUS) - BLISSFUL BEAT
Godolphin
2nd  
4. D'ARGENTO (AUS)
4yo H
CHRIS WALLER
HUGH BOWMAN
56.0
$2.88
 
SO YOU THINK (NZ) - FULLAZZ (AUS)
Paramount Racing (Mgr: Ms K M Wood), R Cummins, Mrs H L Cummins, J W Roe, D N Wilson, Mrs G Robertson, Ms J A Coleman, M Woodcroft, Mrs J Woodcroft, M Azzopardi, Mrs L Azzopardi, R B T Aurisch, Mrs H A Aurisch & P A Aquino
Jan 16, 2016 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Widden Valley, $135000, Star Thoroughbreds, NSW
 
3rd  
1. TRAPEZE ARTIST (AUS)
4yo H
GERALD RYAN
TYE ANGLAND
61.0
$5.50
 
SNITZEL (AUS) - TREPPES (AUS)
 Vieira Racing (Mgr: B Vieira), B Vieira, Mrs S G Vieira, T Vieira, Mrs C Vieira-Choy & J A Choy
4th  3. SHILLELAGH (NZ)
7yo Mare
CHRIS WALLER
JAMES MCDONALD
56.0
$11.00
5th  7. KINGSGUARD (NZ)
6yo Gelding
MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES
COREY BROWN
53.0
$61.00
6th  5. FOXPLAY (AUS)
5yo Mare
CHRIS WALLER
KERRIN MCEVOY
55.5
$21.00
7th  8. SIEGE OF QUEBEC (AUS)
4yo H
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
MS RACHEL KING
53.0
$3.75

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