Other than Frenchman Olivier Peslier, Anglo-Italian Frankie Dettori and Irishman Johnny Murtagh few others can boast of being in the same league as Starke.
That quartet of jockeys refuse to let advancing years quench their thirst for success - all are over 40 except for Starke, who turns 40 in January next year.
Starke rolled back the years in Hamburg, winning the Derby on Lucky Speed for a sixth time and proving he is both a mile-and-a-half specialist and a true winner in big races.
The win was reminiscent of his win in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes in July 2012, after a year and a half without a Group 1.
Not many people expected that victory, but he and Danedream saw off stiff competition from Nathaniel and St Nicholas Abbey to proved the doubters wrong.
Peter Schiergen was on the money when he said that he “didn’t have to give Andrasch any particular orders” because he “trusted in his choices and that he know how to win this type of race”.
Cristian Demuro, who rode the favourite Ivanhowe to eighth, will bear witness to that.