Chris Waller’s untapped colt Zoustar looks right on track for a shot at the 2013 Golden Rose this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival after their nice trial at Rosehill Gardens this week.
A three-year-old son of ill-fated champion sire Northern Meteor who died from a bout of colic just last month, Zoustar had their first official trial of the season over 900m on Monday morning.
Ridden by veteran Hall of Famer Jim Cassidy, aboard the youngster for three of their opening four career starts last prep, Zoustar put in a stellar effort to cross just a nose away second to I’m All The Talk.
The Gary Portelli-trained winner, Skyline Stakes champ I’m All The Talk, ran the fastest 900m hit-out of the meet too finishing in a sharp 53.80 seconds.
Zoustar, a $140,000 purchase from the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sales, was last seen racing in Brisbane during the winter carnival in June.
After winning their opening three career races, the first two in Sydney and then the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m), they suffered their first defeat when going up to elite level and the mile at Eagle Farm.
They ran in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) and while they didn’t win, Zoustar lost few admirers when crossing only half a length second to Gai Waterhouse’s fellow Northern Meteor juvenile Romantic Touch.
Portelli is now looking at first-up options for the progressive galloper who will be aimed at the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday September 14.
Current ante-post Golden Rose odds are led by Waterhouse’s Golden Slipper winning filly Overreach ($5).
They are followed in the markets then by Peter Snowden’s Exceed And Excel colt Sidestep ($6) last seen finishing second in the Golden Slipper, JJ Atkins winner Romantic Touch ($13) and then Zoustar paying $14.
Punters could get a better guide to the Golden Rose chances of a number of hopefuls at Randwick this Saturday in the $100,000 Listed The Rosebud (1200m).
The shortest-priced of The Rosebud nominees in Golden Rose betting is the undefeated Bart & James Cummings-trained Eurozone ($15).
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