Starline Express To Provide Just That … And More

LEGEND conditioner Northern Rivers-based Reg Gardoll still shakes his head in memory of that lightning speed … Express pace if ever there was.

REG Gardoll still shakes his head in memory of that lightning speed … Express pace if ever there was.

That's Starline Express (Fernando Bale-Spooky Sensation by Zulu Zeus) who tragically broke down in March but now gets his chance at stud.

Few dogs showed as much genuine box speed as Starline Express and that pace was there for anyone to see wherever he raced.

Starline Express retired after 35 starts for 14 wins and 10 placings earning $125,000.


He won the Brett Memorial Maiden at Albion Park, was second in the G1 National Derby, the G3 Grafton Cup and the long-treasured Pop Northfield Maiden, and a finalist in the G1 Hobart 1000, G2 Qld Derby, G3 Launching Pad.

But it is that lightning early pace that will attract him to many, many broodbitch owners.

Starline Express in full flight at Wentworth Park

Consider his first sections: Wentworth Park 5.36, Albion Park 5.42, Sandown 4.92, Hobart 4.92, Traralgon 6.53, Warrnambool 6.44, Warragul 6.44, Grafton 8.84.

"He could lead dogs at Albion Park and Wentworth Park to the winning post by six lengths," said Reg Gardoll.

"His first two sections were amazing, but he could still run out a strong 520 metres.

"He is the quickest first section dog I have not only had, but the quickest I've seen for a long, long time."

Reg laments the dog's campaign through the rich Launching Pad series at Sandown.

"He got a touch of kennel cough before the final," he said.

A son of legend Fernando Bale, Starline Express stems from the legendary National Queen/Bay Road Queen damline that also boasts Flying Amy and Tenthill Doll and more greats than can be listed here.

He traces directly to Brindle Cheli, a granddaughter of National Queen and one of the very best stayers of her time around Albion Park back in the mid 1990s.

Starline Express comes from a litter of five, four of them winners, and it also includes Top Gun (12 wins, $61,000, 2nd Anniversary Cup and 3rd Capalaba Cup), Bella Sensation (9 wins, $28,000, finalist Brett Memorial Mdn) and Rhyno's Magic (5 wins, $21,000).

So, with all that express pace and those magnificent bloodlines, Starline Express can certainly be expected to become a successful stud dog.

His bloodlines boast the classy Zulu Zeus as his damsire and this is the "Fancy" damline that has stood Dennis Barnes in such good stead for decades.

He has Collision, Lochinvar Marlow, Bombastic Shiraz, Surf Lorian and Token Prince's litter brother Awesome McLaren in his damline as well, all of them able to be utilised by broodbitch owners for future success.

Starline Express, obviously, needs to link with Barcia Bale (and Orson Allen) in the bitches he mates to provide the perfect link with his sire Fernando Bale a proven G1 recipe.

Starline Express winning a heat of the Hobart Thousand

An interesting mating for Starline Express could be daughters of Flying Ricciardo (by Barcia Bale) who has a damline bred on the same Bombastic Shiraz/Travelling Girl cross Lochinvar Marlow.

The Collision factor in his damline also lends itself to linking to his close relation Cosmic Rumble.

The Surf Lorian factor also gives the opportunity to duplicate him via daughters of Bernardo.

Bitches with Spring Gun, bred on the Bombastic Shiraz/Token Prince cross will suit because this is how Starline Express' 2nd dam Booming Bennett is bred. Spring Gun also brings in Big Daddy Cool and this helps link with his famous half brother Brett Lee in Lochinvar Marlow.

AND, bitches from the Wheeler bloodlines are naturals for Starline Express to reinforce that family.

Starline Express has great Aussie bloodlines in his mix.

That also gives him a great opportunity to mate outcross bitches, especially those who have stronger bloodlines in their pedigree.

Whichever way we look at it, Starline Express has an "X Factor" going for him at stud.

Those scorching early sections are just what many, many bitches are crying out for. He could well be the perfect answer.

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