One To Watch – Moe

Tara Madgwick - Friday October 15

Zoustar is not a sire we think about when looking for potential Derby contenders, but if anyone can turn that thinking on it’s head it will be Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

They produced a promising three year-old staying type at Moe on Friday in Zoumon, who holds an entry for the Group I VRC Victoria Derby.

Zoumon makes it two wins from three starts at Moe - image Scott Barbour / Racing Photos.


Zoumon won his debut at Kyneton in September over 1212m and was then fourth at Mornington over 1500m.

Stepped up to 2050m for a Benchmark 70 event at his third start, Zoumon led all the way for Lewis German to win by a length and a half making light of the heavy ground.

A $360,000 Magic Millions purchase for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing/Mt Hallowell Stud from the Element Hill draft, Zoumon has won two of three starts and is the third winner from stakes-winning Monsun mare Monblue (GB), who was successful up to 1800m.

A half-sister to two stakes-winners, Monblue is from Germans takes-winner Salonblue, who won up to 2000m and comes from a family packed with stakes-winning European stayers.

Widden Stud's champion sire Zoustar has never sired an Australian stakes-winner beyond 1600m, but Zoumon might be the horse to change that.



Race Result - Moe Optical (Bm70) 2050m

Moe Track: Heavy(8) Time: 2:12.21
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Lewis German 54
3g Zoustar (AUS) x Monblue (GB) (Monsun (GER))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $360,000
V:Element Hill, Innisplain, Qld
B: Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing/Mt Hallowell Stud
Florida Dream
T: Luke Oliver J: J Maskiell 60
6g Sebring (AUS) x Live And Dream (AUS) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $110,000
V:Willaroon Thoroughbreds, Lurg
B: Luke Oliver Racing
T: M Baker & A Forsman J: Damian Lane 54.5
3g Mongolian Khan (AUS) x Shimmy (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $26,000
V:Kilgravin Lodge
B: Stuart Hale & Co (BAFNZ)
Adonis Kick
T: Peter Gelagotis J: J Mott 57.5
4g Scissor Kick (AUS) x Impact Game (JPN) (Deep Impact (JPN))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Arrowfield Stud, Scone
B: Iris Heung Hang Yee
T: Ms A Bennett J: Teodore Nugent 55
5g Sacred Falls (NZ) x Salford Art (IRE) (Sir Percy (GB))
Inglis February (Late) Online Sale $8,000
V:Ballymore Stables
B: Bryce Templeton
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $140,000
V:Landsdowne Park Ltd
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock
Swindon Lass
T: Matthew Brown J: B Higgins 56
4m Wordsmith (AUS) x Splendid Thing (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $20,000
V:Armidale Stud Carrick Tas
B: Matthew Brown Racing
T: Ms C Alderson J: C Newitt 59.5
4g Dissident (AUS) x Fortress Madonna (AUS) (Dylan Thomas (IRE))
Lofty Heights
T: Julius Sandhu J: Beau Mertens 56.5
7g High Chaparral (IRE) x Nobentleyforme (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $145,000
V:Arrowfield Stud, Scone
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock
T: K L Corstens J: W Egan 55.5
5g Strategic Maneuver (AUS) x Ladari (AUS) (Ladoni (GB))
Hunua Hank
T: Amy McDonald J: Ms J Horner 55
7g Pentire (GB) x Devant (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $60,000
V:Rich Hill Stud
B: Mr GJ & Mrs SL Rack
T: C G Murray J: Alana Kelly 55.5
8g Danesis (IRE) x Belle Tower (AUS) (Archway (IRE))
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