Despite being one of the headline Royal Sovereign Stakes 2014 nominations for Royal Randwick this Saturday, the Chris Waller-trained Zoustar is unlikely to run with the other Royal track on their radar.
Connections of the $18 million horse will send the son of Northern Meteor to the UK shortly to prepare for their Royal Ascot bid during their summer.
Winner of the Golden Rose Stakes – Coolmore Stud Stakes Group 1 double last spring, three-year-old Zoustar has already amassed $1.4 million in prize money.
They have failed to add to that this season however, and are unlikely to add any more Aussie dollars to their stakes earnings either with international glory and then stud duties calling.
First-up in their only run for the prep, and perhaps their swansong Australian performance, Zoustar over raced before running a disappointing eight in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes at Randwick in a poor performance.
A mud track at the same course last Saturday saw them scratched from the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m), the star sprint subsequently won by the talented Lankan Rupee.
While Zoustar remains a nominee for the $500,000 Group 2 Arrowfield Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) on Sydney Cup Day this weekend, and the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) on April 26 is also an option, they’re more likely to be saved for England.
“The Royal Sovereign is there next week but if it is wet there is no real need to go there,” Widden Stud’s Antony Thompson told The Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday.
“We will sit down with [trainer] Chris [Waller] on Monday, and he is already looking at a program for England.
“We want to get over there and give him a run to get ready for Royal Ascot and the July Cup.”
The Royal Sovereign is still shaping up as a crack showdown this year however with a bumper 71 nominations taken.
Without Zoustar Waller still has a trio of entries with his Commands filly Calming Influence out to improve on a PJ Bell Stakes failure last weekend, Street Sense filly Champagne Cath and relative unknown Earnest Desire.
There’s plenty of recent winners in the mix also including Gosford Guineas runner-up Chautauqua, the Paul Messara-trained Havana, Typhoon Tracy Stakes winner in Melbourne Jazz Song, Group 2 Surround Stakes champ Thump and Challenge Stakes winner Villa Verde coming via a TJ Smith Stakes eighth last Saturday.
A number of three-year-old fillies ran last Saturday in the Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) in the wet behind Politeness too including runner-up Cosmic Endeavour for Gai Waterhouse and third placed Miniature for Peter Snowden.
Waterhouse has a host of other Royal Sovereign hopes this year too most notably her Coolmore Classic runner-up Sweet Idea coming off a TJ ninth, Group 1 performing Tale Of The Cat colt Whittington and progressive Hossonet colt Woodbine.
Snowden is also well represented with his contingent led by four time Group 1 winning Exceed And Excel filly Guelph.
Guelph is yet to win this time in, her most recent effort being a third-up third to Traitor in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) on March 22.
Other notable hopes include the John O’Shea-trained Flight Stakes third placed Bound For Earth, Dothraki coming via a first-up third in the Gosford Guineas, Randwick Guineas minor placegetter Eurozone out to atone for their last in the George Ryder and the Hawkes-trained Real Surreal.
See below for the full Royal Sovereign Stakes 2014 nominations that will be cut to the final field on Wednesday.
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2014 Royal Sovereign Stakes Nominations
Royal Randwick – 19/04/2014
|3||BOSS LANE||Ron Quinton||81|
|4||BOUND FOR EARTH||John O’Shea||–|
|6||BRACIDAME (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–|
|7||BROOK ROAD||Bart & James Cummings||74|
|8||CALMING INFLUENCE||Chris Waller||88|
|9||CHAMPAGNE CATH||Chris Waller||89|
|10||CHARGE MISSILE||Tim Martin||72|
|11||CHAUTAUQUA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–|
|13||COSMIC ENDEAVOUR||Gai Waterhouse||69|
|14||DESK POP||John P Thompson||–|
|16||DUBLIN LASS||John O’Shea||62|
|17||EARNEST DESIRE||Chris Waller||71|
|18||EUROZONE||Bart & James Cummings||–|
|19||FARE WELL||Clarry Conners||70|
|20||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||David Hayes||–|
|21||FLIGHT ACADEMY||Jason Coyle||72|
|23||FRILL SEEKING||Matthew Smith||–|
|26||HEBRUNG||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||63|
|27||I’M ALL THE TALK||Gary Portelli||88|
|28||JAZZ SONG||Mick Price||–|
|29||KAYJAY’S JOY||Tony McEvoy||64|
|33||MAGIC JEWEL||Clarry Conners||66|
|36||MORE THAN FAITH||John O’Shea||–|
|37||NEVER CAN TELL||Anthony Cummings||78|
|38||NORTHERN GLORY||Gai Waterhouse||–|
|39||NOT LISTENIN’TOME||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||94|
|41||OPEN BOOK||Darren Smith||79|
|43||PINOVA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–|
|46||PRIME TARGET||Anthony Cummings||59|
|47||REAL SURREAL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||89|
|48||RIVER TAY||Anthony Cummings||–|
|50||RUNWAY STAR||Gerald Ryan||64|
|52||SARAH JESSICA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–|
|53||SASSY SISTER||Anthony Cummings||–|
|56||SERIOUSLY HAPPY||Anthony Cummings||–|
|57||SHAMALIA||Bart & James Cummings||–|
|59||SPY DECODER (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||–|
|60||SWEET IDEA||Gai Waterhouse||104|
|61||THE MESSINA NYMPH||Tony McEvoy||–|
|62||THERMAL CURRENT||Peter G Moody||–|
|64||TIFFANY’S DIAMOND||Gai Waterhouse||–|
|65||TURQUOISE KING||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–|
|66||VA PENSIERO||Jason Coyle||–|
|67||VILLA VERDE||Anthony Cummings||–|