Category: Unraced horses
Date of Birth: 10 May 2015
Sire: Shantou (USA)
Dam: Star Antique (FR)
Dam Sire: Lute Antique (FR)
A May 2015 filly by Shantou is offered for sale. She is out of a Stakes-performing mare and hails from an excellent NH family.
The dam Star Antique was trained in France initially, where she won over hurdles and fences (by 30 lengths, on debut) as a three-year-old and also finished fourth in the Grade-2 Prix Congress Chase.
On that occasion she led for most of the way, only giving best after the final fence, and she passed the line just two and three-quarter lengths behind the mighty Remember Rose. He would go on to become one of the finest French chasers in recent memory, defeating Master Minded by eight lengths just a few months after his Prix Congress triumph, and later winning the Grade-1 Grand Steeplechase de Paris and the Grade-1 Prix La Haye Jousselin twice.
Star Antique was off the track for some time after her three-year-old campaign, although after being transferred to Britain she did run in the Grade-1 Aintree Hurdle. She was very lightly-raced thereafter, though with her highly appealing pedigree a breeding career was bound to follow. She is a half-sister to the Grade-2 placed chaser Lady An Co, whilst the extended family features the dual Grade-3 winning chaser Prince Des Ifs, the prolific hurdler/chaser and sire Byzantium, the Grand Steeplechase de Paris hero Brodi Dancer and the exciting Grade-2 wining novice hurdler Alsa Mix, who is trained by Alan King. It is also worth noting that Star Antique is by Lute Antique, the damsire of multiple Grade-1 winning chaser Rubi Ball.
Clearly this young filly boasts an appealing tail line, and she is by one of the most enduring stallions on the NH scene. Shantou, the 1996 St Leger winner, remains a force at the highest level and a very current and commercial proposition. This is evidenced by his fee reaching a career high in his 15th covering season, his sons Run Wild Fred and Sometime Soon auctioning for 225,000gns in the sales ring in the past year, and his novice sons Death Duty and The Storyteller both winning Grade-1 chases in the 2017/18 season.
This filly is closely related to numerous black-type animals and has the scope and physical quality to develop into a very smart performer. Thinking long-term, she has enormous breeding potential too, which only adds to her value. She is sure to have plenty of admirers so interested parties should act fast.