A new Star about to be born

It's post spring in the racing world, when the focus switches to spotting potential new stars on the horizon.

Of the seven unraced two-year-olds in tomorrow's Tatts Group Plate (1000m) at Moonee Valley, none will attract more attention than the Danny O'Brien-trained Star Witness, $4 in Herald Sun markets.

A $150,000 Magic Millions graduate, Star Witness is a colt by outstanding galloper and first season sire Starcraft out of stakes-class mare Leone Chiara, pictured above, whose brother Ferocity won the Ascot Vale Stakes.

"We've had a lot of luck with the family. He's a very nice colt. He's trialled well. Whatever he does he'll improve on, but I'm sure he will be in the finish," O'Brien said.

But he has ruled out a Magic Millions campaign.

"I'm not in favour in running in the Magic Millions in January. It's run the opposite way and you've got to travel as well," he said.

Star Witness, a chestnut like his Arrowfield Stud-based sire, will be Starcraft's first Victorian runner and just his third Australian runner.

Starcraft already has a stakes winner in England (Don't Tell Mary) and a Group 3 winner in Germany (Keep Cool).

His two Australian runners have been Starstreamed, a runner-up at Doomben, and Starlin, an Eagle Farm third.

A five-time Group 1 winner, Starcraft won the 2004 AJC Derby and ran third in the Cox Plate before venturing to Europe, where he won Group 1s in France and England under the care of Luca Cumani.

Story by Tim Habel, to view Herald Sun Super Racing website click here

Photo by Bruno Cannatelli, to view Bruno's website click here

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