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Zoustar (Aus), the “flagship sire” at Widden Stud in Australia, has had his 2024 fee increased to A$275,000 (around €168,000) from A$220,000 (€134,000) ahead of the Southern Hemisphere breeding season, it was announced on Wednesday.

A dual Group 1-winning sprinter in 2013 when trained by Chris Waller, Zoustar is now well established as one of the leading sires in Australia and has enjoyed an outstanding season on the track in 2023/24, with Zougotcha (Aus), Joliestar (Aus), Climbing Star (Aus) and the recently retired Ozzmosis (Aus) all winning at the top level. In the sales ring, seven of his 2024 yearlings fetched at least A$1 million, including his A$2.2 million filly out of Prompt Response (Aus) (Beneteau {Aus}).

A horse who has been on the rise since he debuted in 2014 at A$44,000, Zoustar (of the current announcements) now shares joint billing with I Am Invincible (Aus) and Extreme Choice (Aus) as Australia’s most expensive stallions.

“An increase in service fee in the financial climate we find ourselves in needs to be measured and warranted–and in the case of Zoustar he has truly earned it,” said Widden Stud’s Antony Thompson.

“We have always had complete belief in the potential of Zoustar to become an Australian champion sire and we are delighted for all of our clients who have shared in his constantly evolving story of success.”

In November last year, David Redvers announced that Zoustar would not stand at Tweenhills in 2024, with the decision made to rest him for six months in Australia following 11 consecutive Northern and Southern covering seasons. He is reportedly booked to return to Tweenhills in 2025, having produced the likes of G1 Cheveley Park S. winner Lezoo (GB) during his time in Britain.

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