Our young champion sire Zoustar has built an impressive record with his oldest progeny just four year-olds and his best colt to date in Zousain will join the Widden roster in 2020.
A stunning colt that is a mirror image of his sire, Zousain was prepared by champion trainer Chris Waller, who also put the polish on his Zoustar.
A debut metropolitan winner at two, Zousain closed out his juvenile season winning the Group II BRC Moet and Chandon Stakes (1200m) and was second beaten a neck by The Autumn Sun in the Group I BRC TJ Smith (1600m).
His three year-old career was highlighted by two agonizingly close defeats in major Group I races finishing second beaten a short neck by The Autumn Sun in the Group I ATC Golden Rose (1400m) and second to champion filly Sunlight beaten half a neck in the Group I VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m).
If either of those second placings had been wins, Zousain would be standing at a far greater fee than he will be this year.
A $400,000 Magic Million yearling, Zousain has superb conformation and Group I ability coupled with a diverse European female family, his dam being imported Irish bred Group III winner Pasar Silbano IRE).
The long term success of any stud rests to a large extent with finding the right successor to their champion sires and in Zousain we believe we have the right horse for the job.
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Zousain BR News
Valuable Pinhook By Zoustar Making First StartFri, 7 Aug 2020
3YO colt Loca (Zoustar-Shakeira, by Freud) will make his debut today in the Ballarat TC Polytrack Maiden Plate over 1100m. The colt was sold by Kingstar Farm to Redwall Bloodstock for $310,000 as a weanling in the 2018 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, then offered as a yearling by Widden Stud at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale where he was sold for $900,000 to Spendthrift Australia. Loca is the third foal for American bred Listed winner of seven races Shakeira (Freud-Cerita, by Magesterial) who has a Russian Revolution yearling for the 2021 sales series. Zoustar (Northern Meteor-Zouzou, by Redoute's Choice) now has fourteen stakes winners including Sunlight, Haut Brion Her, Lean Mean Machine, Mizzy, Zoutori and Zousain.
Widden Rising Star Breaks Into Inner SanctumTue, 28 Jul 2020
It is irrefutable that Widden Stud has a bona-fide rising star stallion in Zoustar. The son of ill-fated Northern Meteor was Ausralia’s Champion First Crop Sire (#42 on the General Sires), Champion Second Crop Sire (#17 on the General Sires), and now he’s smashed the door down to the inner sanctum, Australia’s Top 10, where he will finish seventh overall in 2019-2020. What stands him apart is that he started his stud career in 2014. With the exception of Rubick whose earnings were boosted by Yes Yes Yes’ The Everest win, Zoustar is younger than the other leading 18 general stallions in Australia. Excitingly for Widden, they could have a second coming waiting in the wings in the shape of Zoustar’s best son, juvenile Gr2 winner Zousain; the $400,000 yearling finished an agonising runner-up in three separate Gr1 races including the JJ Atkins, Coolmore Stud Stakes (where Zoustar sired the trifecta) and Gr1 Golden Rose. A veritable clone of his sire, and out of a Group-winning mare who was equally successful in Europe and the US, Zousain brings a huge amount to the table at $19,800 on debut. Click on the below image for a review of his enticing 2020 Sires profile.
Significant Hunter Freshman Sires on ShowTue, 9 Jun 2020
Included in Hunter Valley stallion parades this year will be the exciting newcomers Brutal, Cosmic Force and Tassort (Newgate), Calyx, Magna Grecia and Yes Yes Yes (Coolmore), Castelvecchio (Arrowfield), Exceedance (Vinery), Microphone and Too Darn Hot (Darley), Pierata (Aquis), Unite And Conquer (Kingstar) and Zousain (Widden). These as well as established sire stars Exceed And Excel, Fastnet Rock, I Am Invincible, Snitzel, Written Tycoon, Zoustar and their many barn mates will be on display. A full list of all stallions standing in the Hunter Valley this season can be viewed at the HTBA website: www.htba.com.au/links. Nowhere else in the world is such a dazzling line-up of elite stallions available for inspection in one geographical region – the Hunter Valley is a true centre of Thoroughbred Breeding Excellence.
Widden Stud's exciting freshman Zousain (pic: Steve Hart)
Widden Stallions Meet Market ConditionsMon, 4 May 2020
The Hunter Valley’s Widden Stud has considered the current COVID-19 climate, and its concomitant knock-on economic effect by pricing its 2020 stallion fees accordingly, reports racingpost.com. Principal Antony Thompson, who said this is a year to be conservative, opined, “I think it’s where we are across the board. We saw early signs of it at Inglis Easter, and I think we’ll see some more adjustments as we get into the mare sales and other pointers going forward.” Stallions at the famous NSW stud farm are headed by reverse shuttler Zoustar, who drops to $121,000. Meanwhile, Zoustar’s talented son Zousain, beaten just a nose in three stallion-making Gr1 sprints (JJ Atkins, Golden Rose & Coolmore Stud Stakes), debuts at a commercially appealing $19,800. Nature Strip’s sire Nicconi will stand at a reduced fee of $27,500, while second season sires Trapeze Artist is at $77,000 and Written By is at $22,000 which is the same fee as Star Witness. Finally, Widden offers four value options at under $10,000: at $8,800 are Stratum Star, Supido and Your Song; Golden Slipper winner Overreach’s brother Outreach will stand for $5,500.
Blue Diamond winner Written By will stand for $22,000 (pic: Mark Gatt)
Waller Pair Sent For A SpellTue, 21 May 2019
A tweeted statement released by Queensland Racing Stewards on Monday reports that a promising pair of 3YO's from the Chris Waller stable will not see out the rest of the Brisbane Winter Carnival. punters.com reports that last year's Gr2 Champagne Classic winner Zousain (Zoustar-Pasar Silbano, by Elnadim) was supposed to take on boom horse Zoustyle (Zoustar-Fashion, by Anabaa) in the Gr3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) earlier this month before the pair were both scratched, and although nominated for both the Gr1 Kingsford Smith (1300m) and the Gr1 Stradbroke (1400m), the colt will be spelled immediately. The same goes for up and coming Queensland Oaks-bound filly Word For Word (So You Think-Wordplay, by Fastnet Rock), who - never unplaced in her six starts - showed a great deal of upside when second in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) on May 4, and is an exciting prospect for owner and former New Zealand PM John Key.
Champagne Classic A Solid Pointer To Future SuccessFri, 10 May 2019
With an honour roll which includes high-class performers Zousain, Tangled, Winning Rupert, Brazen Beau, Sizzling, Free Wheeling, Pressday, Gold Edition and Virage de Fortune, the winner of Saturday’s Gr2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben racecourse is likely to go on with it during the rest of their career. Often used as a stepping stone to the Gr2 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) and the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) over the coming weeks, this year’s field doesn’t scream high quality just yet, but come the end of the Brisbane Winter Carnival, the cream will have risen to the top. Carrying the No. 1 saddle cloth is the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Dubious (Not A Single Doubt), a winner of the Gr3 Breeders’ Plate on debut, before second in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic two starts later followed by third in the Gr2 Todman Stakes. Having not raced since his only unplaced run in five starts, when finishing down the track in the Gr1 Golden Slipper behind Kiamichi (Sidestep), Dubious did accept for last week in the Gr3 Ken Russell Memorial at the Gold Coast, but was withdrawn due to the heavy track conditions. Although Dubious is currently the race favourite, there has been solid support for Stuart Kendrick’s unbeaten Jagged Edge, with the last start Listed Dalrello Stakes winner one of three black-type winners for his first crop sire Better Than Ready, the Lyndhurst Stud-based stallion who leads on 16 individual juvenile winners, five clear of Newgate Farm’s Deep Field.
Dubious (right) won the Gr3 Breeders Plate (pic: Steve Hart)
Up And Coming Dracarys Back On TrackFri, 10 May 2019
Last starting under race conditions in the 2017 Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), when beaten just shy of three lengths by the now Coolmore Stud-based Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock), the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained 4yo Snitzel entire Dracarys is aiming to get his career back on track with a first up run in Saturday’s Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m) at the Scone standalone meeting. Secured by James Harron for $1 million from the Arrowfield Stud draft at the 2016 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Dracarys was an impressive 2YO debut winner before fifth in the Gr.2 Skyline Stakes. At three, he got the better of the now Spendthrift Australia-based Gold Standard (Sebring) in the Gr3 Up And Coming Stakes, was then then by Trapeze Artist in the Gr1 Golden Rose, before his pleasing effort in the Coolmore Stud Stakes. With three solid trials under his belt including a second to the Chris Waller-trained Gr.1 performer Zousain on April 26, with Deploy in third, Dracarys holds nominations to both the Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) and Stradbroke Handicap (1400m), both at Gr1 level during the Brisbane Winter carnival, so connections clearly feel the stallion prospect has come back in fine order. The first foal of the dual Listed-winning Elusive Quality mare Nocturnelle, Dean Hawthorn Bloodstock secured the full-sister to Dracarys at this year’s Magic Millions Yearling Sale for $300,000.
Dracarys holds two Gr1 nominations (pic: Steve Hart)
Aquis Farm Expands Into Vic With Foundation SiresFri, 3 May 2019
In a significant strategic move, Aquis Farm has announced the acquisition of a property in Seymour, Victoria, where it will stand Zoustar’s dual group-winning son Lean Mean Machine for $17,600 (inc. GST) alongside Fastnet Rock’s Gr3-winning, multiple Gr1 performer Siege Of Quebec $13,200 (inc. GST) as foundation stallions. Trained by Chris Waller, Lean Mean Machine recorded his first black type success in the Gr2 Sires’ Produce Stakes at two in a time quicker than his own sire, before a win in the Gr2 Run To The Rose at the commencement of his 3YO season, followed by third in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes behind Sunlight and Zousain. An unbeaten 2YO, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Siege Of Quebec, a $1.2 million Inglis Easter yearling sale graduate, recorded success in the Gr3 Bill Ritchie Handicap over Pierata and Music Magnate as well as Gr1-placed efforts in the Toorak Handicap, and most recently in the All Aged Stakes when beaten less than a length. Former Woodside Park Stud Bloodstock Manager Murray Tillett has been appointed to oversee the operations in Victoria. “This is a very exciting opportunity for me and another massive vote of confidence in the future of the Victorian breeding industry. Aquis are a dynamic organisation who are building a very strong reputation. They are driven by success and I’m delighted to be a part of growing their operation,” stated Tillet.
Lean Mean Machine (pic: Steve Hart)
Zoustar Trio Resume Battle in Newmarket HandicapFri, 8 Mar 2019
While we need to look back to 2015 to see the most recent 3YO winner of the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap in the shape of Brazen Beau, this year's renewal sees five trying to add to that list highlighted by Zoustar's Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes trifecta of Sunlight, Zousain and Lean Mean Machine. All having had one run back this time in, Sunlight's half-length third in the Gr1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) should see Tony McEvoy's Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner right on track to give this race a real shake carrying just 50.5kg, dropping significantly by 3kgs from the weight carried in the Lightning. To be ridden for the first time by South African jockey Barend Vorster, who has spent the last 15 years riding in Singapore, the Gr1-winning jockey has been excited by Sunlight's work. Vorster has moved to Australia to ride of McEvoy, with the jockey stating during the week. "She's not a very big mare but she's got a great engine underneath her. She began nicely and within two strides she was skipping along and she really flew along. She really gave me a great feel and pulled up nice and clear and I'm really excited and looking forward to the race." Both Zousain and Lean Mean Machine would become instant stallion prospects should they claim Saturday's race, and both returned with solid runs for the Chris Waller stable. Although Zousain was beaten as the short priced favourite, there was merit to his effort, while Lean Mean Machine's two and a half-length defeat in the Lightning, plus a massive 5.5kg weight drop, should see the colt capable of powering home late in the Newmarket.
Sunlight carries just 50.5kg in the Newmarket (pic: Mark Gatt)
Terbium Wins Gr3 Zeditave StakesMon, 25 Feb 2019
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At Caufield in Melbourne, Birdsville-owned stallion Terango (Akhadan-Sarajaavo Grey, by Sarajaavo) sired his first stakes-winner from just a handful of foals when 3YO home-bred gelding Terbium (Terango-Serene Lass, by Not A Single Doubt) scored an emphatic 1.8-length victory for trainer Peter Stokes in the $160,000 Gr3 Zeditave Stakes (1200m) for 3YO c&g, defeating favoured colt Zousain & the colt Yulong January. With the late scratching of Tin Hat, expected to provide the greatest opposition to Zoustar, the race was potentially set up for an upset as small fields have a tendency to produce, but take nothing away from the winner who remains undefeated from his only 4 starts. Terbium’s perfect record improved his stakes earnings to $156,550 in earnings. Stokes feels the grey has done enough for now, and will now send him to his spelling farm for a spell.
Zousain Does Best In Rosehill Barrier TrialTue, 12 Feb 2019
Second to valuable Redoute’s Choice colt and stablemate The Autumn Sun in the Gr1 Golden Rose before second in the historic Zoustar-sired one-two-three in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes behind Sunlight in the Spring (see below), three-year-old colt Zousain produced a winning 1000m barrier trial performance on the Rosehill course proper this morning. Settling in third position behind stablemate I Am Serious, the James McDonald-ridden colt maintained the same position throughout, with his triple Gr1-winning stablemate The Autumn Sun settling just behind him. Forcing his way between the leading duo as they entered the home straight, Zousain took the lead and travelled powerfully to the line to defeat I Am Serious narrowly. Gr3-winning mare Spright charged down the outside of the field to finish in third, almost three lengths from the leader, with The Autumn Sun, who was slightly hampered by Spright when she made her run, finishing in fourth at his second trial this time in. Purchased by David Redvers and Guy Mulcaster from the Edinglassie Stud draft at the 2017 Magic Millions yearling sale for $400,000, Zousain is the winner of two of his nine starts highlighted by the Gr2 Champagne Classic, as well as being stakes-placed on four occasions, three at Gr1 level.
Zoustar Progeny A Big Drawcard At Magic MillionsWed, 9 Jan 2019
By any definition few stallions have ever had a start to their careers to the extent Widden Stud's Zoustar has. The son of ill-fated sire Northern Meteor, who stood alternate seasons at Victoria's Woodside Park Stud during his early seasons, ensured a place in history for himself when siring the first three home in last November's Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes – an astonishing feat given the trio was from his very first crop. Aside from Sunlight (winner of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic), Zousain and Lean Mean Machine, Zoustar is also sire of Group winners Charge and Sun City (a 2YO MIA from this year's 2YO Classic due to a desperately unlucky infection). Throw in Queensland's undefeated stakes-winning excitement machine Zoustyle, Melbourne stakes-winner Persuader, and another trio of stakes-performers, and Zoustar's 10 black-type performers from less than one and a half seasons will ensure that buyers at the Gold Coast beat a path to his progeny's door. All-told, there are 51 yearlings by Zoustar catalogued, with 5 withdrawals. Widden Stud is offering a dozen of his youngsters after two of their original consignment were withdrawn.
Boomsara Wins Gr3 MM Vo Rogue PlateWed, 2 Jan 2019
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Eureka Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Spirit Of Boom(Sequalo-Temple Spirit, by Special Dane) added a Group race success when talented 3YO gelding Boomsara (Spirit of Boom-Passara, by Tsuimai) blitzed his rivals with a richly deserved 4.5-lengths win for trainer Chris Munce in the $200,000 Gr3 MM Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) for 3YOs, over the fillies Pennino and Light Up The Room. As expected, Boomsara showed plenty of sizzle to charge across from his wide draw, but despite the hard work required in the first half of the race was simply in a class of his own. Favourite Outback Barbie, drawn even wider than the winner, found herself out on a limb near the rear of the field and finished out of the money. Runner-up to Zoustyle in his most recent start, Boomsara’s short career to date had already produced two Group placings – in the Gr2 Sires Produce Stakes at Doomben where he finished behind Lean Mean Machine and Zousain, and prior to that in the Gr3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic at the Gold Coast where he split Sesar and Lean Mean Machine. From the first crop of Spirit of Boom, Boomsara was a $45,000 yearling at the 2018 Magic Millions March Sale where he was consigned by Eureka Stud. Now with a guaranteed start in next month's $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas, his record now stands at 3 wins and 3 placings from 9 starts for $361,400 in earnings.
Sunlight Wins Gr1 Coolmore Stud StakesMon, 5 Nov 2018
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At Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Widden Stud stallion and former 3YO champion Australian sprinter Zoustar (Northern Meteor-Zouzou, by Redoute's Choice) celebrated an elite race trifecta when his high class 3YO Australian-bred daughter Sunlight (Zoustar-Solar Charged, by Charge Forward) confirmed herself as one of the best sprinters in the country when scoring a tough front-running win in the $1 million Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating the Chris Waller stable-mates Zousain & Lean Mean Machine. Sunlight, a $300,000 yearling at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the draft of Widden Stud, advanced her record to 8 wins (including the Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes, Gr3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes, Gr3 Quezette Stakes, Gr3 Magic Night Stakes & Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Golden Slipper & Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes) from 12 starts for $3,000,450 in earnings. Trainer Tony McEvoy praised the performance of Sunlight who was the only filly in the field. “It was a big call to take these colts on with this filly but I've got such faith in her and she was there for the fight today,” McEvoy told racing.com. “Those colts had their chance to get her. She's a courageous superstar. I couldn't be more proud of her.” Sunlight’s Coolmore victory proved to be a red-letter day for her exciting young sire Zoustar, who sired all three placegetters. The Coolmore is actually developing into a real family affair for the Widden Stud resident, with Zoustar himself triumphing in the race in 2013 and his own sire, Northern Meteor, winning the race in 2008.
Sunlight Leads Home Magic TrifectaMon, 5 Nov 2018
Capping a remarkable 2018 in which she shot to prominence by winning the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast, Sunlight scored a deserved win at racing's elite level when she beat home Zousain and Lean Mean Machine in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington. In winning Sunlight sent her earnings past $3 million - a great return considering she cost $300,000 when sold through the Widden Stud draft to Aquis Farm, Tony McEvoy and Blue Sky Bloodstock at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Trainer Tony McEvoy commented: "It was a big call to take these colts on with this filly. But I have such faith in her." He added: "She was there for the fight today and those colts had their chance to get her. She's a courageous superstar and I couldn't be more proud of her." Zoustar, the sire of Sunlight, Zousain and Lean Mean Machine, was sold at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale in 2012. Sunlight's dam Solar Charged was purchased by Widden Stud and Qatar Bloodstock at the 2014 National Broodmare Sale with Zoustar in mind. Solar Charged's latest yearling, a Sebring colt, is being prepared by Widden Stud for the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Off Radar 3YO Looming Large For CoolmoreFri, 19 Oct 2018
Approaching this year's Gr1 Golden Slipper, there were plenty of pundits convinced Written By was the best horse going into the race. While he mightn't have handled the soft conditions at Rosehill, the record still reflects that the Grahame Begg-trained colt finished a more than credible fourth, beaten less than 2-lengths. Begg immediately sent his Gr1 Blue Diamond hero to the spelling paddock where, during a period of a myriad emerging boom 3YOs, he seemingly slipped a little off the radar. Two runs back for the chestnut colt and nobody is taking him for granted anymore. Wednesday's powerful win in Caulfield's Gr3 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m), following a narrow victory on return over 1000m, was the hallmark of a colt who has unfinished business in the Spring. For Begg, that opportunity will come in the stallion-making Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on 3 November. The big 3YO sprint on Victoria Derby Day will feature a stellar cast, but they will have their work cut out to topple Written By who bookmakers have quickly elevated to the top of the market, ahead of Zousain, Sunlight and Encryption. Now 6 from 7, and not fully wound up, the son of Written Tycoon will tighten up considerably with another fortnight between runs.
Blue Diamond winner Written By (pic: Mark Gatt)
The Autumn Sun Wins Gr1 Golden RoseMon, 24 Sep 2018
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At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's multiple Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) celebrated an elite race success when outstanding 3YO Australian-bred colt The Autumn Sun (Redoute's Choice -Azmiyna, by Galileo) stamped himself as the best 3YO in Australia when storming home from an impossible position to score a brilliant win in the $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) for 3YOs, defeating stable-mate Zousain & Graff. Remarkably, this was the second top-flight success for the lightly raced The Autumn Sun who must surely now have every 3YO spring feature at his mercy. Among those races is the Caulfield Guineas, where trainer Chris Waller says "he’ll be two lengths better when he gets to a mile". "I don't have to say too much. He's a very good horse as you saw," Waller told Sky Racing. "When the draw came out he was 11 of 11 so it wasn't going to be easy but I'd rather him there because I know how good he is and for him to finish off over the top of a good field it was pretty special." Waller added: "I thought the stable-mate [Zousain] was home but I think he might have been beaten by a pretty special one. His value has skyrocketed again today." Purchased for $700,000 by his trainer Chris Waller & Hermitage Thoroughbreds at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud, The Autumn Sun is out of the unraced Galileo mare Azmiyna, a half-sister to the Aga Khan's ill-fated multiple Gr1 winner and former Brighthill Farm shuttler Azamour (Night Shift-Asmara, by Lear Fan). With a pedigree like that, he is without question the most valuable stud prospect in the country. The Autumn Sun extended his imposing record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 JJ Atkins Plate) and 1 placing (the Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes) from 5 starts for $1,113,021 in earnings.
The Autumn Sun (image: Steve Hart)
Autumn Sun Rises to Golden Rose GloryMon, 24 Sep 2018
The Autumn Sun became the 10th multiple Group 1 winner for his peerless sire Redoute’s Choice with a breath-taking finish in Saturday’s $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m). It was an appropriately high-class performance to mark the 50th Group 1 win on Redoute’s Choice’s remarkable 16-season record. The colt had all his rivals ahead of him at the 300-metre mark, and 100 metres later had caught only one of them, while up front his stable-mate Zousain made what looked like a winning break. Then Kerrin McEvoy swung The Autumn Sun wide, giving him the space he needed to storm home for an stunning last-to-first win defeating Zousain by a short neck with the favourite Graff a length away in third. Bred by Arrowfield’s joint venture with HH The Aga Khan, The Autumn Sun was purchased for $700,000 from the Stud’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft by Hermitage Thoroughbreds & Chris Waller Racing, assisted by agent Guy Mulcaster. He is the second foal of the young Galileo mare Azmiyna, an unraced half-sister to European Champion Azamour. The Autumn Sun also became the 16th million-dollar earner by Redoute’s Choice.
Gr1 Golden Rose Field & Barrier DrawWed, 19 Sep 2018
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The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the running of the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday. A field of 11 has been assembled for the 3YO set weight feature, with the Kris Lees-trained & Alan Bell-owned colt Graff the current TAB favourite at $3.50. Next in the market are the three Chris Waller stable-mates The Autumn Sun at $4.50, Lean Mean Machine at $6, and Zousain at $8. All other runners are at double figure odds. Zousain has passed a vet examination after recovering from an elevated temperature and will take his place in the race.
Zousain Destined for the TopFri, 7 Sep 2018
Chris Waller expects high class colt Zousain to be a major player in the feature 3YO races in the spring. Waller has long held Zousain in high regard, comparing him favourably to his sire and former star 3YO Zoustar. The bay colt showed a glimpse of that potential when winning the Gr2 BRC Champagne Classic and finishing second to stable-mate The Autumn Sun in the Gr1 JJ Atkins Plate in the winter, and Waller expects him to graduate to the top level this time in. "If you've ever wondered what Zoustar looked like, have a look at Zousain because he's the spitting image of his sire," Waller told racenet. "I'm hoping he will make the same progress that his dad made because this is when Zoustar really came into his own." Zousain will resume against a quality field in the Gr2 The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday. "We think he's a really good colt and he's come back bigger and stronger," Waller said. "The natural progression we hoped we would see is there. Saturday is a good test for him, it's a good field and I'm happy with his draw. I think he's the real deal and he should run well."