Rosemont Stud’s resident sire Starspangledbanner looks to have come up with a smart two-year-old in the form of the Mike de Kock trained Najem Suhail.

The latter made a big impression when making a winning debut at the Vaal on Thursday afternoon for Al Adaayit South Africa.

Bred by Gilgai Farm, Najem Suhail had clearly shown good promise at work, and was dispatched the 11-10 tote favourite for Thursday’s Wash Your Hands Maiden Juvenile Plate (1000m).

Jockey Callan Murray got the favourite out well, and the Starspangledbanner (above) colt went on to make all the running before staying on to post a comfortable one and a quarter length debut win over fellow first-timer Lion Cruise.

Knocked down to Form Bloodstock for $100 000 at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1, Najem Suhail is the fourth foal produced by the Invincible Spirit mare Sophie’s Spirit. The latter was a very smart performer, whose five wins over 1200m included the G3 VRC Herald Sun Stakes.

Sophie’s Spirit foaled a colt by the Aquis Farm-based G1 Caulfield Guineas winner Divine Prophet last spring and was covered again again by the son of Choisir.

His four time G1 winning sire Starspangledbanner is currently responsible for 12 stakes winners, notably the G1 winners The Wow Signal and Millisle, and Najem Suhail could well be another black type horse for his July Cup winning sire!

Race Image: JC Photographics