Leading trainer Chris Waller is keen to show off his new superstar three year old Zoustar to the rest of the world after the colt stamped his class with his win in the Group 1 $500,000 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 2.
Zoustar was bought by Widden Stud in a deal worth around $20 million prior to him winning the Coolmore Stud Stakes which was his second Group 1 after winning the 1m De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill at the beginning of the Spring.
The Northern Meteor colt lived up to his potential with a two lengths win at Flemington and Waller is ready to take on the best in Europe.
“We’re very much looking forward to his future and we’re certainly hopeful we can get him to an international race next year,” Waller told Racing Network.
“We’ll look at everything. Whether it will be Royal Ascot or other parts of Europe, we will explore them.
“I’d love to take on those (international) horses over 1200 or 1400 metres because we have a superstar on our hands.”
Royal Ascot representative Nick Smith has been at Flemington over the Melbourne Cup Carnival and said that he has started negotiations with Waller about Zoustar competing at Royal Ascot in June.
“Zoustar was spectacular in the Coolmore on Derby Day, he’s the next big thing,” Smith told The Sunday Telegraph.
“He only needs to make natural progression and he’ll be favourite for the Diamond Jubilee. I am talking to Chris Waller about it all.”
Zoustar provided veteran jockey Jim Cassidy with his one hundredth Group 1 win in the Coolmore Stud Stakes and the colt has earned over $1.4m for his six wins from eight starts.
Prior to his win at Flemington, Waller said that Zoustar was under enormous scrutiny as negotiations for his sale were ongoing and the colt had to undergo a number of physical tests to satisfy the conditions of the sale.
“You have no idea how many things go on and to the horses credit he has dealt with it, he has had vet examinations and reproductive organs checked, and he hasn’t batted an eyelid,” Waller said after the Coolomre Stud Stakes win.
“He is just the most professional horse on the track and he is a superstar.”
Waller capped off a great Melbourne Cup week with Boban winning the Group 1 $1m Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday to add to his two Group 1 wins on Derby Day, Zoustar in the Coolmore Stud Stakes and Red Tracer in the $500,000 Myer Classic (1600m).
Waller also saddled up three winners on Oaks Day with Marmelo, Multilateral and Dystopia all saluting for the leading Sydney stable.