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Sire Sundridge
Dam Doris
Grandsire Amphion
Damsire Loved One
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1908
Country Great Britain
Color Dark Bay/Brown
Breeder Jack B. Joel
Owner Jack B. Joel
Trainer Charles Morton
Record 9: 6-1-1
Earnings £16,398
Sunstar is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Doris by Sundridge. He was born around 1908 in Great Britain, and was bred by Jack B. Joel.
Major wins

Exeter Stakes (1910)
Hopeful Stakes (1910)
International Two-Year-Old Stakes (1910)
Newmarket Stakes (1911)

British Classic Race wins:
2,000 Guineas Stakes (1911)
Epsom Derby (1911)
Leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland (1930)
Sunstar locomotive
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Sunstar (1908-1926) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse who won the 2,000 Guineas Stakes and followed with a win in the Epsom Derby and was a successful sire.

Bred and raced by Jack Joel, under trainer Charles Morton, Sunstar won three times at age two and was third in the Champagne Stakes. In his three-year-old campaign, Sunstar began 1911 well down the list of top Epsom Derby prospects. However, that changed at the Newmarket Racecourse when the colt defeated Lord Derby's highly regarded colt Stedfast in winning the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, the first of the English Triple Crown series. He then won a Derby prep race, the Newmarket Stakes, but suffered an injury to a suspensory ligament in a leg. Nonetheless, Sunstar was sent to Epsom Downs and run in the Derby even though, according to his biography at the National Horseracing Museum, his trainer predicted he would break down. Sunstar won the Derby but did break down, thereby missing a chance to run in the St. Leger Stakes and complete a sweep for the English Triple Crown.

At stud

Retired to stud duty at Jack Joel's Childwick Bury Stud near St. Albans, Hertfordshire, Sunstar proved to be both a very influential sire and broodmare sire. Among his progeny were:

  • Galloper Light (b. 1916), won Grand Prix de Paris; sire of Epsom Oaks winners, Beam and Light Brocade
  • Alan Breck (b. 1918), Leading sire in Argentina

Sunstar was the Leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland in 1930. He was notably the damsire of:

  • Ellangowan (b. 1920), won 2,000 Guineas Stakes
  • Kopi (b. 1926), won Irish Derby Stakes

Sunstar died on August 21, 1926 and was buried in the equine cemetery at Childwick Bury Stud.



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