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
Inglis to Offer Group 1 Performed FasikaMon, 16 Aug 2021
Breeders will be presented with another world-class rare gem when Group 1-performing mare Fasika (So You Think) is offered in the Inglis Digital August (Late) Online Auction. The Joe Pride trainee - synonymous with a tough, on-speed racing pattern - secured five wins and five minor placings from 15 starts for $762,000 in prizemoney. Fasika won her first two starts – as a 3YO filly – with significant ease before stepping up to Stakes class for the first time at start three to capture the South Pacific Classic over 1400m at Randwick during The Championships in 2019. From then on, according to inglis.com.au, she raced exclusively in either stakes races or newly formed ‘rich races’, defeating the likes of Santa Ana Lane, Tofane, Bivouac, Super Seth, I Am Excited, Behemoth, Fierce Impact, Dreamforce, Mizzy, Sweet Deal, Fiesta, Zousain, Standout, Wild Planet, Madam Rouge, Champagne Cuddles etc. Fasika (pictured) won three stakes races during her career – the South Pacific Classic, the Gr2 Sapphire Stakes over 1200m and the Gr3 Wenona Girl Handicap also over 1200m – and placed in four others. She also finished third behind dual G1 winners Tofane and Pierata in the Gr1 All Aged Stakes over 1400m at just tenth start. She is out of winning mare Jarada, by Redoute’s Choice – runaway winner of the 2020-21 Black Type Dam Sire Premiership. As a broodmare sire he boasts 121 stakes-winners including 22 Group 1 winners. Below is Fasika's exceptional run in the Silver Eagle.
Performance and Maturity Converge for StableTue, 15 Jun 2021
It's stating the obvious to give a cursory tick to the Gr1 JJ Atkins (1600m) for being the final Group 1 of the juvenile race of the racing season, but there's more to the important Queensland 2YO race than just that as it's a springboard to further riches. History shows that among the leading 2YOs and 3YOs of each generation there are a number of distinct groups that include but are not restricted to: the jack rabbit-like precocious juveniles that run like scalded cats over short trips and whose best days are sometimes behind them after the autumn; the later maturing 2YOs who show early glimpses of their talent before finishing off the season with a flourish from 1400-1600m; the new season 3YOs who, with or without a start at two, emerge from winter sun on their backs to be serious Guineas prospects, and then the 3YOs who show up on the periphery of the big miles before going on to dominate at 2000m-plus in the late spring and into the New Year. Frankel's Converge (ex Shamardal mare Conversely) definitely fits into the second group after his rousing triumph in the JJ Atkins, but with his pedigree and Waterhouse-Bott polish he could quite easily drop back to the 1400m of the Gr1 Golden Rose before rolling all the way through the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and beyond to the Gr1 Victoria Derby. Of course, like Anamoe (who showed his hand even earlier in the season), Converge could also prove a handful in the Cox Plate. Whatever path he takes, with recent winners and place-getters that include Rothfire (Rothesay), The Autumn Sun (Redoute's Choice), Press Statement (Hinchinbrook), Sizzling (Snitzel), Zousain (Zoustar), Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) and Zoustar (Northern Meteor), Converge is obviously the latest success story of a JJ Atkins that well and truly deserves its Group 1 tag.
Tiger Of Malay Kicks off Queensland CampaignFri, 14 May 2021
Successful on his juvenile debut, winning the Kirkham Plate, the Richard and Michael Freedman-trained Tiger Of Malay (Extreme Choice-Sambar, by More Than Ready) raced against some of the best juveniles of the season, and this Saturday he commences his Brisbane Winter campaign where he looks more than capable of giving his Newgate Farm-based sire another stakes winner. Romping home by almost 4-lengths in a recent barrier trial with Nash Rawiller in the saddle, the pair are one of 13 final acceptances for the Gr2 Spirit of Boom Classic (1200m) at Doomben. Won in the past by the likes of Rothfire (Rothesay), Dubious (Not A Single Doubt), Zousain (Zoustar), Winning Rupert (Written Tycoon) and Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible), Tiger Of Mallay has unfortunately drawn wide in barrier 11, but with the unbeaten Victorian filly See You In The Spring (Siyouni-Spring Colours, by Shamardal) engaged in the $250,000 race, there is sure to be plenty of speed on which should assist Tiger Of Malay find a position in the run. Kacy Fogden's Maotai (Not A Single Doubt-Fascination, by Elusive City) could highlight himself as a smart colt if he can continue on his winning ways after a 5-plus length debut victory, while it would be an omen selection if the Robert Heathcote-trained Prince Of Boom (Spirit of Boom-Dazzling Display, by Red Dazzler) could take the prize with the race named after his Group 1-winning sire.
Tiger of Malay has headed north for winter spoils (pic: Steve Hart)
Full Widden Roster and State SplitThu, 29 Apr 2021
Following Widden's strategic move into Victoria, the world-famous Hunter Valley nursery now also boasts a powerful line-up at the well-credentialled former Sun Stud property. The respective line-ups (state in brackets) and GST inclusive prices are:
- Zoustar $154,000 (NSW)
- Trapeze Artist $66,000 (NSW)
- Written By $24,750 (NSW)
- Zousain $19,800 (NSW)
- New Anders $16,500 (NSW)
- Supido $8,800 (NSW)
- Your Song $8,800 (NSW)
- Stratum Star $8,800 (NSW)
- Outreach $4,400 (NSW)
- Nicconi $27,500 (VIC)
- New Russian Camelot (Ire) $22,000 (VIC)
- New Doubtland $16,500 (VIC)
- Star Witness $16,500 (VIC)
- Magnus $15,400 (VIC)
- Fiorente (Ire) $11,000 (VIC)
- Palentino $11,000 (VIC)
- National Defense (GB) $9,900 (VIC)
- Bel Esprit $7,700 (VIC)
- Thronum $7,700 (VIC)
- Ready For Victory $4,400 (VIC)
- Squamosa $4,400 (VIC)
New and Proven Balance Widden Sire MixThu, 29 Apr 2021
Meanwhile, young gun Trapeze Artist (Snitzel) produced stunning first foals last spring and is moving into the next exciting phase of his stud career with weanlings set to hit major sales in the coming weeks and months. Written By's first crop make their sales debut this year as he returns to his original fee of $24,750 in light of the continuing upward spiral of his sire Written Tycoon, whose champion son Capitalist is now the leading Australian sire of 2YOs. The Widden team are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the first foals of Zoustars's brilliant son Zousain, who completed his debut season with an impressive book of 188 mares last spring. New recruits this year are dual Irish-bred Gr1 winner Russian Camelot (Camelot) and brilliant speedsters Anders and Doubtland, who are all priced attractively, the latter pair similar in profile to their now retired outstanding sire Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice). Ever-reliable Nicconi (Bianconi) has recorded 93 winners and progeny earnings of over $7.3m this season, his offspring highlighted by the world's highest-rated sprinter in Nature Strip, who nailed a sixth Gr1 success when going back-to-back in the TJ Smith, a performance which saw his slot in The Everest confirmed. Star Witness (Starcraft) has enjoyed yet another bumper season, represented by nine stakes performers, including a quinella in the Magic Millions Guineas via Aim and subsequent Gr1-Newmarket placed Amish Boy, Gr2 winner Graff and Gr3 winners Explosive Witness and Threeood. Reigning champion Victorian-based sire Magnus (Flying Spur) occupies ninth position on the Australian sires table with 98 winners this season, including Gr1 winner Streets Of Avalon, while Bel Esprit (Royal Academy) continues to add to his tall of 740 winners and $77m in progeny earnings. Irish-bred Fiorente (Monsun) notched his sixth stakes winner recently with the exciting 3YO Liqueuro who looms as a leading fancy in the Gr1 SAJC South Australian Derby. British-bred Champion 2YO National Defense (Invincible Spirit) had his first runner place second over 900m at Keeneland earlier this month, while dual Gr1 winner Palentino (Teofilo) has a host of promising performers ready to hit the track.
Zousain's first foals are highly anticipated (pic: Steve Hart)
Lean Mean Machine Returns to QueenslandFri, 9 Apr 2021
Aquis Farm has announced that outstanding 2YO Lean Mean Machine (Zoustar-She's Meaner, by Falvelon) will be taking up residence in Queensland to bolster their stallion roster to 16. He will stand alongside Pierata (Pierro) and Invader (Snitzel) in what will be Queensland's largest stallion station. Lean Mean Machine is the only dual Group 2-winning son of Champion Stallion Zoustar (Northern Meteor) at stud and is the best son of Zoustar in Queensland. Lean Mean Machine was a multiple stakes performed 2YO, winning the Gr2 BRC Sires Produce in the winter of 2018, a race his own sire won in 2013. Lean Mean Machine further cemented his future as a stallion with a victory in the G.2 Run to The Rose (1200m) at and then a smashing third in a classic renewal of the Gr1 VRC Coolmore Classic (1200m) behind Champion Filly Sunlight and Zousain (with all three being by Zoustar). Having covered "healthy books" in his first two seasons at stud, Aquis' director of sales, Jonathan Davies, said, "It's fitting that Lean Mean Machine comes home to Queensland. He was bred in Queensland, by Glenlogan Park, he raced in Queensland winning a Group 2 and will now stand his third season at stud, in Queensland." Lean Mean Machine's 2021 fee will be $13,200.
Stakes-winning Farnan Half-Brother RetiredTue, 16 Mar 2021
BK Racing's Manager Ben Vassallo has announced that dual stakes-winning Sydney 2-and 3YO Sandbar (Snitzel-Tallow, by Street Cry) has run his last race and is being put on the market as a stallion prospect. Sandbar retires as a winner of four races and $525,970 in prize money. A $650,000 yearling at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Sandbar won on debut as a 2YO, defeating Godolphin's Marmaris (Lonhro) and The Enzo (Stratum) with the latter winning the rich ATC Inglis 2-Year-Old Classic (Restricted Listed) at his next start. Sandbar also won his second start, the Listed Lonhro Plate (Warwick Farm - 1100m), defeating last start Listed Gimcrack Stakes heroine Satin Slipper Pierro), before running last start Gr1 Blue Diamond winner Written By (Written Tycoon) to a short neck in the Gr2 ATC Pago Pago Stakes (Rosehill 1200m). The Snitzel colt was only beaten 4-lengths in the Gr1 Golden Slipper (Rosehill 1200m) behind Estijaab, before returning as a 3YO to capture the Listed Rosebud Quality (Rosehill 1100m), carrying equal top weight of 59kg. That was followed by a fourth in the Gr1 Golden Rose (Rosehill, 1400m) beaten just 1.5-lengths behind The Autumn Sun (Redoute's Choice), Zousain (Zoustar) and Graff (Star Witness) – all future stallions – and finishing ahead of Group winners Lean Mean Machine (Zoustar), Santos (I Am Invincible), Danawi (Exceed and Excel) and Seabrook (Hinchinbrook). Brett Howard from Randwick Bloodstock has been tasked with finding a buyer for the impeccably bred, well-performed Sandbar.
Sandbar is on the stallion market (pic: Steve Hart)
Bidding Open for Massive Inglis Digital SaleMon, 15 Mar 2021
The Inglis March (Early) Online Sale follows an extraordinary start to 2021 for Inglis Digital, including another Stakes-winning graduate with Mr Marathon Man ($70,000 2020 July (Early) Sale) claiming the Listed Canberra Cup on Monday. A huge Inglis Digital catalogue of 360 lots launched for bidding late last week, with highlights including an Aquis Farm racehorse reduction (35 lots) and 13 broodmares offered by Corumbene Stud. The 360-strong catalogue comprises 172 racehorses (71 race fillies/mares), 128 broodmares, 26 yearlings, five weanlings, 24 racehorse shares and two stallions. Featuring mares in foal to stallions such as All Too Hard, Brave Smash, Headwater, Hellbent (see below), Ilovethiscity, Menari, Merchant Navy, Pierata, Shamus Award, So You Think, Starspangledbanner, Written By and Zousain, there are also multiple listings offered by Bjorn Baker Racing, Chris Waller Racing, Gooree Park Stud, Hawkes Racing, Lindsay Park Racing, Newhaven Park, Rosemont Stud and Widden Stud. To view the entire March (Early) Online catalogue, CLICK HERE. The final countdown of bidding will begin from 3pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, March 17.
William Reid Stakes winner Hellbent is represented (pic: Mark Gatt)
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.