Star rises at Pakenham

Star Fall

Star Fall winning at Pakenham (Image: Racing Photos)

The future appears bright for Star Fall after the three-year-old comfortably won at his seasonal resumption over 1000 metres at Pakenham on Saturday.

The Zoustar colt won once, over 1200m, from three starts as a juvenile last season and was having his first outing over 1000m.

Star Fall led throughout when winning an 800-metre Cranbourne trial on November 26 and displayed similar sharpness with an all-the-way victory in Saturday’s John Duff & Co 3YO BM70 Handicap.

Ridden by Linda Meech, Star Fall ($5.50) defeated Divine Mr Tycoon ($8) by 1.25 lengths with Symphonette ($3.20 favourite) a further half-length away in third.

“He showed really good gate speed and once he got to the front it was all over,” said co-trainer David Eustace, who prepares Star Fall in partnership with Ciaron Maher.

“He’s always been a nice horse and shown plenty of raw ability and it looks like he’s now putting it together.

“He’s strengthened up and been much sharper in his work this time in. He’ll get 1200m for sure but at this point in time I don’t think we’ll go beyond that.”

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Meech was impressed by the turn of foot displayed by Star Fall early in the straight but also described the colt as being ‘very headstrong’.

“He jumped awkward but he showed a lot of speed,” Meech said.

“We didn’t think he’d be as sharp as that but he was plenty sharp enough and won well.

“Most colts you can stand over them but he’s a bit different, he just gets a bit upset so you’ve got to let him do his own thing.”

Star Fall was purchased from the draft of Woodside Park Stud for $250,000 at the 2017 Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale.

The disappointment of the race was All In Brawl ($4.60), who after settling just off the pace from the inside barrier battled into seventh, with jockey Ben Melham at a loss to explain the performance.