Stakes Double for Zoustar

Tara Madgwick - Saturday April 17

Widden Stud's champion sire Zoustar had a  great day on Saturday with Sunlight’s little sister Sisstar claiming another Black Type win in the Listed MRC Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield, while in Brisbane blue-blooded mare Zaniah scored a valuable win in the Listed BRC Ascot Handicap (1000m).

A five year-old mare trained by Kris Lees, Zaniah had been Group III placed twice previously and broke through with a fast finishing half length win.


Zaniah has won four races from 17 starts earning over $220,000.

A $1million Inglis Easter purchase for Bruce Perry Bloodstock from the Edinglassie Stud draft, Zaniah runs for well known Kiwi owner Lib Petagna and is a half-sister to Group I winner Shooting to Win and Group II winner Deep Field, both now successful sires.

She is the third stakes-winner for blue hen Listen Here, who made $3.4million at the 2016 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale when bought by China Horse Club/Bruce Perry Bloodstock.

The current yearling from Listen Here is a filly by I Am Invincible that was passed in at Inglis Easter and then later sold for $1,050,000.

Zaniah is 22nd stakes-winner for Zoustar, who also sired Sisstar to win the Listed MRC Bel Esprit Stakes at Caulfield.

The Tony and Calvin McEvoy trained four year-old led all the way to win by a length under William Pike taking her overall to six wins from 15 starts with prizemoney topping $560,000.

Sisstar wins the Bel Esprit - image Grant Courtney

“That was fantastic. She's a very quick filly. She's won over 955 (metres) but she's versatile and she can run a strong 1100 metres and I think she can run out 1200 as well,” said co-trainer Calvin McEvoy.

"We wanted to come back here and get a bit more black type if we could and I think she's earnt a chance at the Sangster now.

"She's a multiple stakes winner now so a Group I win or placing is what we need to chase now. She's stepped out of the shadows of her big sister and she's been a tremendous filly and mare for her connections as well."

A $600,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Widden Stud draft for McEvoy Mitchell Racing/David Redvers Bstock, Sisstar runs for a syndicate that includes many of the same owners involved in Sunlight.

Bred by Widden Stud in partnership, Sisstar is a full sister to Sunlight and to this season’s stakes--placed 2YO Dio being one of five winners from Group III winner Solar Charged.

Solar Charged has no yearling for the sales this year, but produced a colt by Zoustar last spring and is back in foal to him again.



Race Result - Ascot Hcp LR 1000m

Eagle Farm Track: Good(3) Time: 0:58.13
T: K A Lees J: A Mallyon 54.5
5m Zoustar (AUS) x Listen Here (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $1,000,000
V:Edinglassie Stud, Muswellbrook
B: Bruce Perry Bloodstock
Tycoon Ace
T: Tony & Maddysen Sears J: M Cahill 54.5
8g Tycoon Ruler (AUS) x Meg's Ace (AUS) (Buck's Pride (AUS))
Master Jamie
T: G R Green J: Taylor Marshall 55
4g Poet's Voice (GB) x Verkko (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale $10,000
V:Aquis Farm Wonglepong Qld
B: Ron & Bev White & Maureen Olive
Flash Aah
T: M J Fry J: B El-Issa 54
5g Lucas Cranach (GER) x Never Despair (AUS) (Hotel Grand (AUS))
T: S O'Dea & M Hoysted J: Ms S Thornton 54
5m Choisir (AUS) x Lalani (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $60,000
V:Bhima Thoroughbreds, Scone
B: Proven Thoroughbreds / Joe Pride Racing
Vega One
T: T J Gollan J: M Rodd 60
5g Lope De Vega (IRE) x One Funny Honey (USA) (Distorted Humor (USA))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $75,000
V:Stockwell Thoroughbreds Diggers Rest Vic
B: John Thompson
Le Palmier
T: T J Gollan J: J Byrne 54
4g Spirit Of Boom (AUS) x Imanoremiss (AUS) (Made Of Gold (USA))
MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Eureka Stud Cambooya Qld
B: Gollan Racing/John Foote Bloodstock
T: T J Gollan J: Ms G Cartwright 54
5g Eurozone (AUS) x Pilgrim (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
Iconic Star
T: K A Lees J: R Fradd 54
4m Brazen Beau (AUS) x Order Me (USA) (Elusive Quality (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Coolmore Stud Jerry's Plains NSW
B: Lees Racing Pty Ltd
The Tenor
T: J Dann J: M R Du Plessis 54
5g Your Song (AUS) x Bay Trixie (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $400,000
V:Southern Cross Breeders
B: Tom Moore
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