Star born from faith in Witness cont.

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Widden-born and raised Graff looks poised to become the first Group 1 winning son of Star Witness and deliver a massive bonus to his former home. Bren O'Brien chats to Ryan McEvoy about the colt's early days in the Widden Valley.

Graff was Bred by B2B Bloodstock, but was born and raised on Widden's Hunter Valley property before selling for $200,000 as a yearling.

"He's a horse that was born and raised here, spent his whole life here up until leaving for the Magic Millions Sale," Widden's Ryan McEvoy told TDN Aus NZ.

"He was a horse that was always a popular horse at the sales and caught the eye of Alan Bell."

"He's just another exciting young horse for Star Witness, who is a young stallion who is knocking up getting top-line horses."

G1 stamp looms for sire

Star Witness, who currently stands for $33,000 at Widden, could be the great beneficiary should his son's potential be franked by Group 1 glory this spring.

"He's a bloody excitement machine that horse," Ryan McEvoy on Graff.

As it stands, the filly Global Glamour is Star Witness' sole G1 winner among his 11 stakeswinners. His stallion son Star Turn, who stands at Vinery for $22,000 and who was also raced by Bell, was a G2 winner and placed four times at the top level.

"It looks like he's got a glamour colt again," McEvoy said. "This horse looks like it's hard to put a ceiling on where he could get to. He's undefeated and the race was rated very highly."

"Judging on the way he won his San Domenico on Saturday he's a got a G1 in him for sure. He's a bloody excitement machine that horse."

Back to Star Witness

McEvoy said it was highly likely Graff's dam Dinkum Diamond (Keep The Faith {Aus}) would visit Star Witness again this spring. A full sister to Graff sold for $320,000 at this year's Magic Millions to Rick Worthington & Scone Bloodstock, while she has a yearling filly by Shamus Award (Snitzel {Aus}) and is in foal to Your Song (Fastnet Rock {Aus}).

"He (Alan Bell) is one of the country's most successful owners, his record is second to none."

While every success for Graff is a success for Widden, McEvoy is also happy for Bell, who put his faith in their stallion.

"He's one of the country's most successful owners, his record is second to none," he said.

"He doesn’t go to the yearling sales and buy 10-15 every year, he might only buy one or two, so all of the success he is having, he's going through the sales meticulously and he's finding the right horses."

"We've always had a good relationship with him. We stood a stallion for him many years ago called Strata and we've always enjoyed the relationship and it's been successful for both of us."

The full sister to Graff sold for $320,000 at Magic Millions this year