Leading trainer Chris Waller is confident in first-up success for Zoustar in this weekend’s Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) after the classy colt produced a strong piece of work in a Randwick barrier trial on Tuesday morning.
Having taken to the spelling paddock well following his standout 2013 spring campaign, Waller told TVN the exciting Northern Meteor colt has not altered a whole lot from the winning formula that produced two Group 1 victories last preparation.
“He hasn’t changed a lot really since the spring, he is a straight forward horse, always has been, has been a strong horse and nothing has really changed, he is ready to go” Waller said.
Partnered on Tuesday by regular jockey Jim Cassidy, Zoustar was given free reign and performed well over 1000m, slowly spooling up before finishing in strong form.
“He just worked on his own, he is ready to rock and roll, it is just a matter of not doing too much with him I think, he had a breeze up the straight and finished off really well, Jimmy was on him this morning and he was happy with the way he felt” Waller added.
Zoustar has not been seen on track since his resounding victory in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on November 2nd, and while confident for Canterbury Stakes success, Waller believes the talented three-year-old will not hit peak condition until his second-up run this preparation.
“You can’t replace race fitness and the things that come along with it; they get a little worked up prior to going on to the track, a bit nervous on the way to the start and then a bit of nervous energy throughout the race” he said.
“That seems to disappear when they have their second-up runs, that is the only improvement he will make; get rid of those butterflies and second-up he will be at his peak.”
Zoustar will face a particularly talented field in this weekend’s Canterbury Stakes, with leading chances Red Tracer, Appearance and Not Listenin’tome all confirmed to line up.
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