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Star Kingdom

Star Kingdom
Sire Stardust
Dam Impromptu
Grandsire Hyperion
Damsire Concerto
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1946
Country Ireland
Color Chestnut
Breeder Richard Ball
Owner Wilfred Harvey
Claude Leigh
Stanley Wootton (at stud)
Trainer 1. John Waugh 2. Fred Templemen[1]
Record 16: 9-2-1
Earnings £12,352[2]
Star Kingdom is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Impromptu by Stardust. He was born on 1946 in Ireland, and was bred by Richard Ball.
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)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 2 June 2009

Star Kingdom (1946-1967) was a Thoroughbred race horse bred in Ireland in 1946. A son of Stardust and out of the unraced mare, Impromptu (by Concerto), he raced under the name Star King in England.

Foaled on 30 April 1946, Star Kingdom was bred by Richard Ball, master of Cloghran Stud, in County Dublin, Ireland. He was purchased by Wilfred Harvey at the Doncaster sales for 3,100 guineas. 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.

Star Kingdom was purchased by Stanley Wootton at a cost of £4,000 and sent to Australia in 1951. Upon arrival he was re-registered as Star Kingdom and installed at Baramul Stud in New South Wales. 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. Amongst his offspring were the outstanding horses Todman, Noholme, Time And Tide, Fine & Dandy, Biscay, Sky High, Skyline, Kingster, Star Affair, Planet Kingdom, Kaoru Star, Mighty Kingdom, Gold Stakes, Concert Star, Citius, Magic Night, Starlit, Cymbal, Courteous, Dark Jewel and Ritmar. The top racehorse Sky High was his most prolific winner, recording 29 wins.

His progeny held Australian records for 4 furlongs, 5 furlongs, 5½ furlongs, 8 furlongs and 10 furlongs at various times.

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.[3] A headstone at Baramul Stud commemorates him and his son, Todman.

In 1978, more that 11 years after Star Kingdom's death, he 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.[3]


  1. Star Kingdom Retrieved on 2 June 2009
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), “Thoroughbred Breeding of the World”, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  3. 3.0 3.1 de Bourg, Ross, “The Australian and New Zealand Thoroughbred”, Nelson, West Melbourne, 1980, ISBN 0 17 005860 3

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