Studs circling for star colt

Oct 15, 2013

A stud deal of eight figures is expected to be done in the coming weeks or Australia’s hottest racing stallion prospect.

Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller said the owners of Golden Rose winner Zoustar are close to finalising a deal with one of Australia’s biggest farms to purchase the three-year-old son of Northern Meteor.

"All the main studs are on him and from what I hear things are getting close to getting the final price sorted out,” Waller said.

"I guess it will be good to get those things tidied up so you don’t have to worry about that going into a Coolmore.”

Zoustar is in Melbourne with one target, another Group I sprint. The Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on Derby day down the Flemington straight.

Waller said his colt has "gone to a new level” since his victory in the $1 million Golden Rose at Rosehill in September. Zoustar since added another win to his CV when trouncing his opposition in the Group II Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on October 5.

"I’m certainly happy with how he has progressed,” he said. "He’s a pleasure to train, he’s just a ball of muscle and a ball of excitement.

"It’s been quite exciting to watch his progress, in particular over the last month since the Golden Rose. He’s just changed again and gone to a new level.”

Waller said it’s a matter of keeping Zoustar’s fitness levels where they are between now and November 2 and he’ll be given the opportunity to experience the Flemington straight course before the $500,000 three-year-old event.

"He’ll have a jumpout down here eight days before the Coolmore and that will top him off nicely for the Coolmore,” he said.