2014 Royal Sovereign Stakes Nominations – Zoustar Unlikely


Royal Ascot-bound Zoustar is unlikely to run in Saturday's 2014 Royal Sovereign Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart.

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

No Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 BARBED Peter Snowden
2 BERNABEU John O’Shea
3 BOSS LANE Ron Quinton 81
5 BOUNDING Ken Kelso
6 BRACIDAME (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
7 BROOK ROAD Bart & James Cummings 74
9 CHAMPAGNE CATH Chris Waller 89
10 CHARGE MISSILE Tim Martin 72
11 CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
12 CONSORTING Michael Kent
13 COSMIC ENDEAVOUR Gai Waterhouse 69
14 DESK POP John P Thompson
15 DOTHRAKI Gerald Ryan
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
22 FRESPANOL Gai Waterhouse 70
23 FRILL SEEKING Matthew Smith
24 GUELPH Peter Snowden 110
25 HAVANA Paul Messara 71
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
30 KRAFTWERK Troy Corstens
31 KUDERO Clarry Conners 67
32 LONDEHERO Matthew Dunn
33 MAGIC JEWEL Clarry Conners 66
34 MALICE Peter Snowden 72
35 MINIATURE Peter Snowden 78
37 NEVER CAN TELL Anthony Cummings 78
38 NORTHERN GLORY Gai Waterhouse
39 NOT LISTENIN’TOME Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 94
40 OFFAIRO Kris Lees 55
41 OPEN BOOK Darren Smith 79
42 PASADOBLE Kris Lees 66
43 PINOVA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
44 POLARMORE John O’Shea 68
46 PRIME TARGET Anthony Cummings 59
47 REAL SURREAL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 89
48 RIVER TAY Anthony Cummings
49 ROCKFORD Gai Waterhouse
50 RUNWAY STAR Gerald Ryan 64
51 SAFEGUARD Peter Snowden 91
52 SARAH JESSICA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
53 SASSY SISTER Anthony Cummings
54 SCANDIVA Anthony Cummings
55 SELECTIFY David Hayes
56 SERIOUSLY HAPPY Anthony Cummings
57 SHAMALIA Bart & James Cummings
58 SIDESTEP Peter Snowden
59 SPY DECODER (NZ) Anthony Cummings
60 SWEET IDEA Gai Waterhouse 104
63 THUMP Kris Lees 92
64 TIFFANY’S DIAMOND Gai Waterhouse
65 TURQUOISE KING Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
66 VA PENSIERO Jason Coyle
67 VILLA VERDE Anthony Cummings
68 VOCALISE Paul Messara 74
69 WHITTINGTON Gai Waterhouse 95
70 WOODBINE Gai Waterhouse 75
71 ZOUSTAR Chris Waller


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