Zoustar camp eye Ascot adventure

by British Horseracing Authority News Headlines 1 year ago

Zoustar looks poised to be the latest Australian sprinting invader to Royal Ascot after a flashy victory in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

Chris Waller’s three-year-old was sold to Widden Stud last week in a deal reported to be worth up to �20m, having cut a swathe through his opposition on the Sydney circuit.

A hot favourite, Zoustar lobbed along nearest to the rail through the six furlongs at Flemington and was undeniably impressive as Jim Cassidy gave him a squeeze to sail two lengths clear.

The veteran pilot was riding his 100th Group One winner.

“It didn’t look pretty eight days ago when he had his jumpout but he worked well on Tuesday morning and then the sale was on the table, but to the horse’s credit he’s coped with it all,” said Waller.

“He’s proved himself to be the best three-year-old.

“It was important to run him on a straight, and that opens up opportunities in the rest of the world.

“I’d like to go to Ascot, and he’s got a realistic chance. You’d look at something over six or seven furlongs (most likely the Diamond Jubilee Stakes).

“We’ve just got to teach him to run up a bit of a hill at the end so we’ll have a talk to Black Caviar and see how she did it.”

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