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19 Feb 2021

Zoustar: best progeny and their dam’s breeding

Tweenhills’ racing analyst and bloodstock assistant Adam Brookes looks at the best of Zoustar’s runners and how their dams are bred, as a quick reference for European breeders…

The list I worked from was made up of 187 horses: Stakes performers and other winners by Zoustar as listed on Breednet up to 17.2.2021. 27 were Stakes performers and 17 were Stakes winners [edit: he's had Stakes winner #18 since].

102 (54.5%) of the 187 had Danzig present on the dam’s side of their pedigree. That number jumps to 66.7% when looking at the Stakes performers only (18 of the 27) and rises again to 76.5% when concentrating on Stakes winners only (13 of the 17).

Of the 18, 13 are out of mares who come directly from the Danzig sire line, including Gr.2 winners Haut Brion Her (dam by Zoustar’s own damsire Redoute’s Choice), Madam Rouge (dam by Al Maher), Mizzy (dam by Magnus) and Zousain (dam by Elnadim).

The other 5 are out of mares who have Danzig on the dam’s side of their pedigree, including triple Gr.1 winner Sunlight and her Gr.3-winning sister Sisstar whose dam (by a son of Red Ransom) is out of a daughter of Danzig’s son Danehill.

Naturally, a significant portion of Zoustar’s books in Australia would be mares with Danzig in their breeding but it’s clearly still a successful cross.

While the sample is far smaller, another significant angle could be Warning-line mares. The two qualifiers on the list are dual Gr.1 winner Top Knight (dam by Charnwood Forest) and exciting two-year-old Lightsaber (dam by Dream Ahead), due to run next in the Gr.2 Sires’ Produce Stakes won by Zoustar himself. Lightsaber’s third dam is also by Danzig’s son Danehill.

As a tool for European breeders, I’ve picked out a selection of damsires (those more familiar on these shores) who have combined successfully with Zoustar:

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