Trainer N. Strong
At the time was the most expensive horse bought to race in Queensland being by the boom sire of the 1960s Star Kingdom. Kaoru Star did his bit on the racetrack and at stud to keep the Star Kingdom name afloat. At two he won five times including the Hopeful Stakes, Hall Stakes and the Randwick Wentworth Handicap. Kaoru Star later won the GCTC Goldmarket and the Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich (twice). He holds an unusual position because his first Eye Liner Stakes win was a new race for three-year-olds where he carried 63kgs to win. The ITC then changed the name of the traditional J.F. Canty Flying to the Eye Liner Stakes the next year and Kaoru Star won that as well. As a sire he dominated Australian racing in the 1970s with his best being the champion two-year-old Luskin Star. Kaoru Star’s daughters, grand-daughters and great grand-daughters continue to leave a strong mark on Australian racing.
Kaoru Star became Australian Champion First Crop Sire in 1973-74 and was Australian Champion Two Year Old Sire in 1976-77 when his representatives featured the exceptional performer Luskin Star. Besides winning the STC Golden Slipper Stakes in 1977, Luskin Star was triumphant in races such as the AJC Breeders’ Plate, STC Silver Slipper Stakes, AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes at two. He went on to capture the coveted VATC Caulfield Guineas, among other races at three, before establishing himself as a successful sire at the Kelly family’s Newhaven Park Stud at Boorowa.
Thanks to Geoff Shephard for contributing this picture of Kaoru Star