Widden and Woodside joint venture with Zoustar

In a major coup for the Victorian breeding industry, Woodside Park and Widden Stud will join forces to stand Zoustar for alternate seasons after he is retired.

The G1 Coolmore Stakes winner will stand seasons 1 and 3 at Widden Stud and seasons 2 and 4 at Woodside Park.  As part of the deal, Woodside Park Stud has taken equity in the son of Northern Meteor.

“This historic arrangement with Widden Stud gives Victorian breeders access to the hottest young stallion prospect in Australia,” Woodside general manager Murray Tillett said.

“A dual farm deal is something we think that can work really well.  It gives breeders in NSW and Victoria the opportunity to breed to Zoustar at their doorstep.  Woodside Park will support him with our best mares.”

Zoustar (3c Northern Meteor – Zouzou by Redoute’s Choice) sold twice as a youngster through Magic Millions.  Bred by Kevin Dixon’s Racetree in Queensland, he was purchased by Kulani Park for $85,000 at the 2011 National Weanling Sale.

Kulani Park on-sold him to a syndicate headed by Sheriff Iskander for $140,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale.  Iskander also raced Woodside Park stallion Written Tycoon.

Zoustar will continue racing in the autumn with trainer Chris Waller plotting a lucrative campaign that is likely to culminate with a visit to Royal Ascot.  “Races like the Newmarket and T J Smith are obviously in the mix,” Tillett added.   “And we might be off to Royal Ascot which would just be a dream.”

In 8 starts to date, the colt with film-star looks has won the G1 Golden Rose, G1 Coolmore Stakes and G2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes.  Waller declared him a “freak” and jockey Jim Cassidy claims he’s a better 3yo than Redoute’s Choice and more brilliant than Pierro.

Details of Zoustar’s service fee is likely to be clarified at the conclusion of his racing career.