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Zaratone Wins Listed Starlight Stakes
At Rosehill, Wagga Wagga-based Kooringal Stud's dual Gr2-winning stallion Zariz (Mukkadamah-Divine Dash, by Tolomeo) added a black-type success when evergreen 8YO Zaratone (Zariz-Comeback Queen, by King's Theatre) scored by 1.8-lengths for trainer Bjorn Baker in the $100,000 Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Heart Testa (Testa Rossa-Graciela, by Flying Spur) & 3YO colt Safeguard (Exceed and Excel-Preserve, by Canny Lad). This was Zaratone's third stakes victory and his second Starlight title after winning the 2011 edition of the race. The gelding took his record to 17 wins (including the Gr3 Sebring Stakes & Listed Starlight Stakes) & 8 placings (including the Listed Carrington Stakes & Listed Lightning Handicap) from 54 starts for $530,360 earnings.