Star Of India (3c Galileo – Shermeen, by Desert Style) joined an illustrious honour roll when winning the Listed Dee Stakes at Chester on Thursday.
Successful in a Leopardstown maiden on his sole juvenile start, the Aidan O’Brien-trained bay was sent off favourite for the Listed contest, which has previously been won by the likes of Circus Maximus and Magician.
Racing prominently under Ryan Moore, he was pushed along from two furlongs out and led inside the final furlong. Keeping on well, he won by two and a quarter lengths.
Speaking after the race, Moore said, “Star Of India did it nicely because they didn’t go mad and he was still a bit green when he got to the front. He will improve, he’s a very laid-back horse and I’d say we’re only just getting to know what he can do, we’re learning about him. He was getting to the line very easily there. He’s a nice type.”
Star Of India is owned by Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier and Westerberg. The son of Galileo was bred by Barronstown Stud, as was his Group 1 winning half-brother Sudirman.