Shuttle plans shelved for Zoustar

Zoustar is unlikely to shuttle to the northern hemisphere after covering his first book at Widden Stud.

The Group 1 winning son of Northern Meteor strained a suspensory ligament last week which ruled him out of a Royal Ascot campaign in June.

Qatar’s Sheikh Fahad al Thani owns the northern hemisphere breeding rights to Zoustar and his bloodstock adviser David Redvers confirmed the injury shelved plans for an immediate shuttle career.

“I’m sure he would have blitzed the Diamond Jubilee field and heralded a dual-hemisphere stallion career but now I expect it would be difficult to establish him here,” Redvers said.  “He will go back down to Australia and establish himself there first and see what happens in the future.”

Zoustar will stand alternate southern seasons at Widden in the Hunter Valley and Woodside Park in Victoria.