MORE WINNERS FOR ZOUSTAR
First-season Australian sire Zoustar sired his seventh and eighth winners last weekend courtesy of sons Ronstar and Star Fall. Zoustar stands at Widden Stud at a fee of $60,500 this spring.
Ronstar had made a winning debut (after also winning a barrier trial) at Rosehill in May and he followed up in the 1200m Spring Carnival On Sale Monday Handicap there on Saturday June 2, holding off $1.7m colt Diplomatico.
Ronstar is trained by Gary Portelli who is thinking about the Gr. 1 Golden Rose Stakes for the gelding, saying: "He is nominated for all the big ones down the track. If we do the right thing by him, he'll do the right thing by us." Ronstar is out of Flying Spur mare Miss Essembee, who also carried the cerise and yellow checked Ronstar colours of Ronstel Thoroughbreds.
Star Fall made a striking impression when winning the City of Ballarat SV 2YO Maiden Plate over 1200m at Ballarat on Sunday 3 June, with the field strung out like staying chasers behind the well-backed favourite.
Little had gone right for Star Fall when fifth on his debut, and there should be plenty more to come from him judged on the manner of his success.
Star Fall is trained by Ciaron Maher - who visited Tweenhills in February and took part in the Golden Button Challenge - and was purchased by him for $250,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
A full brother to Star Fall was purchased for $300,000 by Carmel Size Racing at the 2018 Australian Easter Yearling Sale at Inglis. They are the only known foals so far of Kendargent mare Snow Bell, a Listed winner in France.