Zoustar on parade at Woodside Park

Zoustar (Northern Meteor) will stand his first breeding season in Victoria at Woodside Park Stud for a $44,000 (inc gst) service fee.

The dual Group One winner stood his first year at stud in 2014 at Widden Stud in NSW for the same fee and makes the switch as part of a partnership deal announced between the two operations last year.

“We are parading him for breeders at Tylden now,” Woodside Park’s incoming bloodstock manager Matt Tillett said.  “He covered over 180 mares at Widden and will have a book of approximately 150 down here.”

Zoustar joins an increasingly attractive roster at Woodside Park Stud, with recent results on the racetrack significantly boosting the profile of Written Tycoon (Iglesia).

His son Rich Enuff won the G2 Danehill Stakes and G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude and remains Timeform’s equal highest rated three-year-old in Australia.  He’s likely to target some of the spring’s leading sprint prizes.

Written Tycoon will stand for $19,800 (inc gst).  He was also represented by five stakes winners in February, including Written Dash who caused a $101 upset in the G3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes at Moonee Valley.

The roster is completed by Foreplay (Danehill), whose fertility has been improved to a foal percentage of over 80% since undergoing stem cell treatment.  His fee is $6,600 (inc gst).

Woodside Park finished the Premier I Sale in Melbourne with 9 lots knocked down for an average of $132,778.  Top price was an outstanding Northern Meteor – Ryzhkina filly that made $420,000 to the bid of Mick Malone from Kitchwin Hills.

Malone had to beat off Gai Waterhouse, Mike Moroney and Tony McEvoy to buy the filly who is the first foal of a Storm Cat mare related to King Of Kings and General Monash.