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Zoustar - The Most Exciting Young Stallion Prospect at Stud

21st January, 2019

Get used to hearing the name Zoustar in the world of racing over the coming decades. Labelled the hottest young sire in Australia, the Champion Sprinter now crowned Champion First Season Sire is creating tidal waves in his first two seasons of runners, headlined by Champion Filly Sunlight who led home the highest rated 3yo sprint of the season, the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, when beating home paternal brothers and Group 2 winners Zousain and Lean Mean Machine. The first time ever by a freshman sire. Please CLICK HERE to see the link to Sunlight's Coolmore win article, with link to the replay.

The Coolmore Stud Stakes has become a family affair for Zoustar after he won the race as a colt back in 2013. As did his ill-fated sire Northern Meteor in 2008 and so did his Champion Sire Encosta De Lago, who won the race when it was known as the Group 2 Ascot Vale Stakes in 1996. So now Sunlight, after already claiming the Magic Millions 2yo Classic riches, is keeping up with family tradition whilst creating her own family history in being the first female in the lineage to win the famed race down the Flemington straight six.  

Widden Stud, who stand Zoustar, have already raised his service fee from $44,000 last season to $60,500 this spring and his fee could be headed for a further hike next season on the back of his Coolmore trifecta and following the start of his 2019 sales season at the Magic Millions which saw his progeny average over $320,000 in Book 1 with a top lot of $1.075m. 

Zoustar's career in the breeding barn was earned well before his covering days as the standout speed colt of his generation after just missing out on an unbeaten two-year-old season when being pipped in the Group 1 JJ Atkins Stakes in QLD, before returning in Sydney spring to win the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes over 1400m before backing up later in Melbourne to take out the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes over 1200m under the care of Chris Waller. 

“He was that good, I could of prepared him for the Golden Slipper however given I thought he was bred to be at his best at Three, we were happy to wait. What he did achieve at Two was just a glimpse of his natural ability. An equine machine.” Chris Waller

Retired to stud soon after, a deal was struck with partners in the horse with Woodside Park and Widden Stud dual standing the son of the ill-fated Northern Meteor (who previously stood at Widden) whereby he would rotate each season between the two studs during his first four seasons covering mares. The deal was made that Zoustar would continue in the most commercially viable venue after the first four years of stud duties, which ended up being awarded to Widden following a lengthy court battle which culminated in Sydney last year.

Woodside Park's interests in Zoustar were sold to the China Horse Club and Gerry Harvey's Baramul Stud to settle the case and allow Widden to stand what they believe to be the heir to their ill-fated resident sire, Northern Meteor. 

Not only has Zoustar made a impact on the Southern Hemisphere racing and breeding industry, he is beginning to turn heads in the Northern Hemisphere also. Qatar Bloodstock raced Zoustar in the partnership and now are major shareholders in the stallion, securing the rights to stand Zoustar at Tweenhills Stud in the UK which is managed by David Redvers on behalf of Sheikh Fahad Al Thani. Zoustar currently demands a service fee of £25,000 in the Northern Hemisphere. His oldest progeny are foals. 

Based on what we have seem Highclere are delighted to be able to purchase a significant interest in the Zoustar ex Pleats filly from the Magic Millions Yearling Sale, in partnership with Aquis Farm and to be trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace as we hope she can continue the trend of Zoustar progeny on the racetrack over the coming seasons. 

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