Subfertile freshman sire Starspangledbanner
, who made headlines in June with two winners at the Royal Ascot meeting, will rejoin the roster at Coolmore Stud's Irish base in 2015, Racing Post
Plans call for the 8-year-old son of Choisir—Gold Anthem, by Made of Gold, to complete his second season at stud in Australia, where he stands at Anthony Mithen's Rosemont Stud in Victoria.
From Starspangledbanner's first Northern Hemisphere crop of just 33 live foals was June 17 Coventry Stakes (Eng- II) winner The Wow Signal
and June 18 Queen Mary Stakes (Eng- II) winner Anthem Alexander
. He has four winners overall from 11 starters, according to Jockey Club statistics.
Starspangledbanner won four group I races in Australia and Great Britain: the 2009 Caulfield Guineas and 2010 Oakleigh Plate in Australia, and 2010 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and July Cup at Newmarket. Upon his retirement from racing, he stood for Coolmore for two years, proving fertility challenged.
Starspangledbanner returned to training in 2012, but after failing to win in six starts was given a second chance as a stallion at Rosemont Stud. During his first season at Rosemont Stud last year, he covered 51 mares, with 24 scanned in foal.
"He'll cover his second book of mares at Rosemont in Victoria (during the upcoming Southern Hemisphere season) before heading back to Coolmore after Christmas," Coolmore's Richard Henry told Racing Post. "He's done so well and made such an exciting start, it would be foolish not to have him back.
A fee will be decided at a later date.