Star Kingdom was bred in Ireland and raced in England under the name of Star King. His nine wins as a two and three-year-old included the York Gimcrack Stakes and the Sandown Park Produce Stakes.
TRAINER: John Waugh, Fred Templemen
OWNERS: Wilfred Harvey, Claude Leigh, Stanley Wootten (at stud)
RACE RECORD/STAKE MONEY: 16 starts: 9 wins, 2 seconds, 1 third/£12,352
- Richmond Stakes 1948
- Gimcrack Stakes 1948
- Greenham Stakes 1949
- Jersey Stakes 1949
- Hungerford Stakes 1949
In 1951 Star King was purchased by Stanley Wootten for £4,000, and sent to Australia. Re-maned Star Kingdom he was installed at A.A. Ellison’s Barramul Stud in New South Wales where he stood for 16 seasons. His impact on Australian thoroughbred breeding has never been surpassed.
In 1958-59 Star Kingdom became Australia’s leading sire for the first time when his fifth crop began racing. He was again leading sire in 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62, 1962/63 and again in 1964/65. He was the leading sire of two-year-olds seven times, leading broodmares’ sire three times, and the first sire whose progeny earned $2 million. At various times his progeny held the Australian records for 4 furlongs, 5 furlongs, 5 ½ furlongs, 8 furlongs and 10 furlongs. One of his most striking achievements was to sire the winners of the first five Golden Slipper Stakes.
Among his progeny were the outstanding horses Kingster, Skyline, Todman, Noholme, Fine and Dandy, Time and Tide, Planet Kingdom, Sky High, Sunset Hue, Star of Heaven, Star Affair, Citius, Rajah, Biscay and Kaoru Star.
Star Kingdom was also an influential sire of sires; in 1981 two of his grandsons, Bletchingly (by Biscay) and Nodouble (by Noholme) were respectively the leading sires in Australia and the United States.