'Incredible journey': Youngstar sold and heading to Japan

Bred and reared in Young, Youngstar has been sold after winning the group one Queensland Oaks and after two runs in the Melbourne Cup. Photo is supplied
Bred and reared in Young, Youngstar has been sold after winning the group one Queensland Oaks and after two runs in the Melbourne Cup. Photo is supplied

Youngstar has been sold for $1.4m and is heading to Japan.

The group one Queensland Oaks winner was sold at the Chairman's Sale on Friday, May 8.

It closes an incredible chapter in the lives of locals Jack and Karen Sheather, who have been there since day one when Youngstar was foaled by Starspangled in 2014 at Young's Bowness Stud.

The couple retained a share when they sold Youngstar for $200,000 at the 2016 Inglis Easter Yearling Sales.

She went on to win more $1 million prizemoney and ran in two Melbourne Cups for trainer Chris Waller.

"I've always had a fascination with breeding and when good mate, John North [Bowness Stud in Young] told me he'd bought a Danehill mare called Starspangled for $30,000 - in foal to High Chaparral - at the 2014 Inglis Broodmare Sale, I couldn't put my hand out quick enough to shake on the deal," Jack Sheather told downunderdelivered.com recently.

"It's just incredible the journey Karen and I have been on ever since. She [Youngstar] went from a maiden to a group one winner in a single preparation, but for us, the thrill has been matched by the close friendship we've formed with everyone around the horse."

Waller described her as an "exciting broodmare prospect".