Sun Shines For Zoustar At Flemington

Outstanding filly Sunlight took young stallion Zoustar to unprecedented heights when she led home a Group One trifecta for the son of Northern Meteor in the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.

Sunlight (Zoustar x Solar Charged by Charge Forward) became the first G1 winner for her sire when she beat his sons Zousain and Lean Machine Machine, a pair of Chris Waller stablemates who both boast G2 wins on their records.

The achievements don’t end there as Zoustar extends a wonderful family influence his sire line has cast over the Coolmore Stud Stakes that began in 1996 when his grand sire Encosta De Lago won the Ascot Vale Stakes, the race that became the Coolmore Stud Stakes in 2008.

In 2008 Zoustar’s sire Northern Meteor, a son of Encosta De Lago emulated his sire by winning the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

And now we get to Zoustar, yet another top class performer by the late Northern Meteor who died far too early into his stud career.

Sunlight beats Zousain in the Coolmore
Sunlight beats Zousain in the Coolmore Picture: Racing and Sports

It was a magical result for Widden Stud, who stood Northern Meteor, have replaced him with Zoustar and hold ownership interests in both Sunlight and Zousain.

Zoustar, with his oldest runners only three, has sired four stakes winners and was crowned Australia’s Champion First Season Sire by prizemoney last season when he became the first Australian freshman to register over $3 million in progeny earnings

He will embark on an international career in 2019 when he shuttles to Tweenhills Stud in the UK.

All three placegetters in the Coolmore Stud Stakes were sold as yearlings at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale in 2017.

Sunlight cost $300,000 when sold through the Widden Stud draft to Aquis Farm, her trainer Tony McEvoy and Blue Sky Bloodstock at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Sunlight shot to prominence by winning the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast in January and went on to suffer only one loss as a 2YO when third in the G1 Golden Slipper Stakes.

She is now one of the most valuable fillies in Australia with her Coolmore Stud Stakes victory the first for her sex since 2012 and taking her earnings to more than $3 million.

Tony McEvoy said he had no fears about taking on the colts with Sunlight.

"I’ve got such faith in her and she was there for the fight today. Those colts had their chance to get her. She's a star." McEvoy said.

Widden Stud's Antony Thompson was beaming at the result and the ramifications it holds for Zoustar.

"It's a stunning achievement," Thompson said post race.

"Northern Meteor was so dear to us. For Zoustar to have three runners from his first crop in this race was incredible and then to trifecta it is next level!"

Thompson’s wife Katie part-owns Sunlight, while Widden Stud bought into runner-up Zousain this year.

Zoustar
Zoustar Picture: Racing and Sports

Zoustar was also sold at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale in 2012 while Sunlight's dam Solar Charged (Charge Forward} was purchased by Widden Stud and Qatar Bloodstock at the 2014 MM National Broodmare Sale for $650,000.

Solar Charged's latest yearling, a Sebring colt, is being prepared by Widden Stud for the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Zoustar, who is in his fifth year at stud, spent two years at Widden Stud and two years at Woodside Park Stud in Victoria. He is now permanently based at Widden after Woodside Park sold its share in the stallion.

Sunlight has won eight of her 12 starts with three placings.

She is one of three winners from the G3 winner Solar Charged, a half-sister to stakes winner Causeway Queen (Giant’s Causeway) and the stakes-placed Brave Soul (More Than Ready).

Solar Charged is also the dam of the G3-placed Sheikha (Sebring) and current two-year-old Sisstar, a $600,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase this year by McEvoy Mitchell Racing and David Redvers Bloodstock.
Racing and Sports


Flemington

Saturday, 03rd November 2018

5
14:25
(local)

Coolmore Stud Stakes (G1)

Age: 3yo Type: OPEN
AUD $1,002,500
1200m TURF GOOD
5
14:25
(local)
AUD $1,002,500
1200m GOOD

Laurels Function Centre Mdn

Age: 3yo Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 10. SUNLIGHT (AUS) 3yo F
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - SOLAR CHARGED (AUS)
LUKE CURRIE
TONY MCEVOY
$5.50
55.0kg
Mrs L Fung, Ms R C Parker, Mrs I E Mitchell, Mrs K L Thompson, Mrs R J Fletcher, Miss S R Fletcher, Miss J R Fletcher, Qatar Bloodstock (Mgr D Redvers) & G1g Racing & Breeding (Mgr: Mrs T L Vogel)

Sales Information

2nd 2. ZOUSAIN (AUS) 3yo C
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - PASAR SILBANO (IRE)
JAMES MCDONALD
CHRIS WALLER
$3.50
57.0kg
Qatar Bloodstock Ltd (Mgr: D Redvers), J M Simmons, Ms S M Fitzgerald, M Phillips, Mrs L Phillips, Wheninrome6 (R McEvoy), Three Hooks Seafood (F Giuffre), R A Pegum, Widden Stud Pty Ltd (A Thompson), Glenlogan Park (J M Haseler), Supido Pty Ltd (G W Evers) & Rifa Mustang (Ms Y Hu)

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3rd 4. LEAN MEAN MACHINE (AUS) 3yo C
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - SHE'S MEANER (AUS)
HUGH BOWMAN
CHRIS WALLER
$10.00
57.0kg
Emmanuel Bloodstock Pty Ltd (Mgr: Mrs R G Geeves), Aquis Farm (Mgr: Miss K A Fogden), Rkh Thoroughbreds (Mgr: R K Hamer), G1g Racing & Breeding (Mgr: Mrs T L Vogel) & Raffles Thoroughbred Racing (Mgr: K T Yap)

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4th 1. WRITTEN BY (AUS) 3yo C
WRITTEN TYCOON (AUS) - YAU CHIN (AUS)
JORDAN CHILDS
GRAHAME BEGG
$4.00
57.0kg

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5th 3. ENCRYPTION (AUS) 3yo C
LONHRO (AUS) - GUELPH (AUS)
CRAIG WILLIAMS
JAMES CUMMINGS
$21.00
57.0kg
6th 5. LONG LEAF (AUS) 3yo C
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - FRUSTRATING (AUS)
MARK ZAHRA
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
$31.00
57.0kg

Sales Information

7th 6. SESAR (AUS) 3yo C
SEBRING (AUS) - SARTHEMARE (AUS)
KERRIN MCEVOY
STEVEN O'DEA
$12.00
57.0kg

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8th 8. DIPLOMATICO (AUS) 3yo C
SNITZEL (AUS) - TOP CUBAN (AUS)
BRENTON AVDULLA
MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES
$9.00
57.0kg

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9th 7. PAQUIRRI (AUS) 3yo C
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - MISS SOLIS (AUS)
MICHAEL WALKER
GARY MOORE
$101.00
57.0kg

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10th 9. THORONDOR (AUS) 3yo C
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - IMPRESSIVE EAGLE (AUS)
DAMIEN OLIVER
ROBBIE LAING
$61.00
57.0kg

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Chris Scholtz

Managing Director Tronta Media P/L; Contributing Editor Racing & Sports Chris is an award winning racing media professional working in the print, radio and online mediums since 1971 and managing director of his own racing industry media company since 1988. He has covered all of Australia’s major racing carnivals, numerous international events and is widely recognised as a leading form assessor and race analyst. Chris brings his passion for racing to racingandsports.com.au as its contributing editor since its launch in 2000.

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