Star Appeal

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Star Appeal
Sire Appiani II
Grandsire Herbager
DamSterna
DamsireNeckar
Sex Stallion
Foaled1970
Country Ireland
Colour Bay
BreederGestut Röttgen
OwnerWaldemar Zeitelhack
Trainer John Oxx
Anton Pohlkotter
Theo Grieper
Record39: 11-4-8
Earnings1,493,413 DM + $5,000 in USA
Major wins
Preis der Stadt Baden-Baden (1973)
G. P. der Badischen Wirtschaft (1974, 1975)
Frankfurt Pokal (1974)
Premio Carlo d'Alessio (1974)
Eclipse Stakes (1975)
Gran Premio di Milano (1975)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1975)
Last updated on January 5, 2010

Star Appeal (1970-1987) was an Irish-bred Thoroughbred who became the first German-trained racehorse ever to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Ireland Island in north-west Europe, 20th largest in world, politically divided into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (a part of the UK)

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Thoroughbred Horse breed developed for racing

The Thoroughbred is a horse breed best known for its use in horse racing. Although the word thoroughbred is sometimes used to refer to any breed of purebred horse, it technically refers only to the Thoroughbred breed. Thoroughbreds are considered "hot-blooded" horses that are known for their agility, speed, and spirit.

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Racing career

Star Appeal was initially raced in Ireland, where his first trainer was John Oxx senior. He then moved to Germany where he achieved success with his third trainer, Theo Grieper.

Star Appeal was a horse who campaigned in major races at home and across Europe. Among Star Appeal's wins were back-to-back editions of the Grosser Preis der Badischen Wirtschaft and the Frankfurt Pokal in Germany, Italy's Premio Carlo d'Alessio and Premio Carlo d'Alessio, England's Eclipse Stakes , and the most important win of his career at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Ridden by Greville Starkey, he won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at odds of 118:1, defeating a large field which included the great Dahlia and Allez France. For his 1975 performances, Star Appeal was rated the 1975 European Horse of the Year.

The Hessen-Pokal is a Group 3 flat horse race in Germany open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Frankfurt over a distance of 2,000 metres, and it is scheduled to take place each year in November.

The Premio Carlo d'Alessio is a Group 3 flat horse race in Italy open to thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run over a distance of 2,400 metres at Capannelle in May.

The Eclipse Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run at Sandown Park over a distance of 1 mile, 1 furlong and 209 yards, and it is scheduled to take place each year in early July.

Stud record

Retired from racing following a fifth-place finish to Nobiliary in the Washington, D.C. International Stakes at Laurel Park Racecourse in the United States, Star Appeal served stallion duty at the English National Stud. He sired such good runners as Kamiros II, Madam Gay, and Star Way.

Nobiliary was an American-bred, French-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. She recorded her biggest win in the Washington D C International in 1975, a year in which she became the only filly since 1916 to finish placed in the Derby Stakes. As a two-year-old she won one minor race but showed promised when finishing sixth in the Grand Criterium and third in the Prix des Reservoirs. In the following year she won the Group Three Prix de la Grotte and was thereafter campaigned exclusively in Group One/ Grade I company. She won the Prix Saint-Alary and was placed in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, Epsom Derby, Irish Oaks and Prix Vermeille before ending her career with a win in the Washington D C International. She had no success as a broodmare, producing only two foals.

The Baltimore Washington International Turf Cup is an American Grade II invitational horse race. Inaugurated in 1952, it was raced at Laurel Park Racecourse on the turf in Laurel, Maryland, at a distance of ​1 12 miles and attracted top turf horses from North America and Europe.

Madam Gay was a British Thoroughbred racehorse. She showed some promise as a two-year-old in 1980 before developing into a top-class middle distance performer in the following year. Her only victory in a thirteen race career came when she won the Prix de Diane in 1981, but she was placed in many important races including the Oaks Stakes, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Arlington Million and Prix Vermeille. Having been originally bought for 8,000 guineas she was eventually sold for a reported $1.4 million.

Star Appeal died at age seventeen on Christmas Day, 1987.

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