Diamond Day for Zoustar

Tara Madgwick - Saturday March 6

They say ‘some days are diamonds’ and for Zoustar today was one of those days with two new Group II winning 2YO’s Glistening and Lightsaber, a Group I quinella in the VRC Newmarket with Zoutori and Indian Pacific fighting out the finish and then in Sydney, Mizzy missed by a whisker to finish second in the Group I ATC Canterbury Stakes.

Read about Glistening here and Lightsaber here.

Quality sprinter Zoutori has long threatened to win a Group I sprint up the Flemington straight having been fourth in Newmarket last year and fourth in the Group I VRC Darley Sprint back in the spring.

Zoutori edges out Indian Pacific to give Zoustar a G1 quinella at Flemington - image Grant Courtney

The Matt Ellerton and Simon Zahra trained gelding was only seventh in the Oakleigh Plate when resuming from a spell last month, but has always shown a liking for Flemington and duly produced a career best performance to win by a head over progressive Perth sprinter Indian Pacific.

Ridden by Luke Currie, Zoutori carried top weight of 57kg and lunged on the line to snatch a well -deserved win.

Three year-old Star Witness colt Amish Boy finished third to give Widden Stud sires a Group I trifecta in the prestigious time honoured sprint.


"I don't get too nervous pre-raceday, but I was a little but toey today," Matt Ellerton revealed. 

"Things have gone to plan with him from the Oakleigh Plate and he's really come on well. 

"He's a good, tough honest sprinter who is a dual Group II winner and now a Group I winner and he's got a great CV especially down the straight."

A $160,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Amarina Farm draft for his trainers, Zoutori has the overall record of eight wins and six placings from 26 starts with prizemoney of $1.7million.

Zoutori is feeling the love after his first G1 win!

He was bred by Frank Meduri and is the first foal of Atotori, a half-sister by Haradasun to Group III winner Castlethorpe and to the dam of Group II winner Quiet Oasis and Group III winner Young Pretender.

Atotori had a big international pedigree being a grand-daughter of Champion European Two and Three Year Old Filly Park Express, the dam of leading sire and Epsom Derby winner New Approach.

Atotori died last year and her final foal is a yearling filly by Divine Prophet that was sold at Magic Millions earlier this year for $80,000 to Australian Bloodstock/Lees Racing/Tasman Bloodstock.

Zoutori is the second Group I winner for Zoustar , who is currently covering mares at Tweenhills in the UK.



Race Result - Seppelt Wines Newmarket Hcp Gr1 1200m

Flemington Track: Good(3) Time: 1:09.61
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: L Currie 57
5g Zoustar (AUS) x Atotori (AUS) (Haradasun (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $160,000
V:Amarina Farm, Denman
B: Ellerton Zahra Racing Pty Ltd
Indian Pacific
T: N D Parnham J: B Parnham 54
4g Zoustar (AUS) x Rosarino (AUS) (Perugino (USA))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $110,000
V:Bowness Stud, Young, NSW
B: Parnhams Racing Stable
Amish Boy
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: D Yendall 52
3c Star Witness (AUS) x Sheeznodoubt (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
Star Witness
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Ciaron Maher Bloodstock Pty Ltd
T: Annabel Neasham J: M J Dee 52
3c Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Purely Spectacular (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $1,600,000
V:Bhima Thoroughbreds Scone NSW
B: Phoenix T'Breds (II) Ltd/Aquis Farms Pty Ltd
Swats That
T: L & T Corstens J: Jye McNeil 52
3f Shamus Award (AUS) x Is It A Mosquito (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
Prophet's Thumb
T: A & S Freedman J: C Newitt 54
5m I Am Invincible (AUS) x Set To Skelter (AUS) (Reset (AUS))
Sirius Suspect
T: Saab Hasan J: Jamie Kah 54
6g Wanted (AUS) x Sirius Miss (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
Brooklyn Hustle
T: J Warren & D Krongold J: Damien Thornton 54
4m Starspangledbanner (AUS) x Joint Aspiration (GB) (Pivotal (GB))
T: James Cummings J: D Oliver 54.5
4m Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Glissade (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
September Run
T: C J Waller J: Craig Williams 54
3f Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Pittsburgh Flyer (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $380,000
V:Blue Gum Farm, Euroa
B: Hermitage Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
Elite Street
T: D L Morton J: M Zahra 56.5
4g Street Boss (USA) x Elite Ateates (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
T: C J Waller J: Damian Lane 56.5
6g Oasis Dream (GB) x Mirror Lake (GB) (Dubai Destination (USA))
Celebrity Queen
T: G & A Williams J: W Pike 56
4m Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Celebrity Miss (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
T: L Macdonald & A Gluyas J: John Allen 55
4h Dalakhani (IRE) x Khandallah (AUS) (Kitten's Joy (USA))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Mill Park Stud, Meningie, SA
B: L M & P J Macdonald Pty Ltd
Bold Star
T: G V Richards J: D W Stackhouse 54
5g Needs Further (AUS) x Alzahra Star (AUS) (Danewin (AUS))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $18,000
V:Brooklyn Park Evandale Tas
B: Gordon Richards Racing
T: R Griffiths & M De Kock J: Lachlan King 54
5g Magnus (AUS) x Flourishing (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
T: G Ryan & S Alexiou J: M J Walker 54.5
4h Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Bahia (AUS) (Snippets (AUS))
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