First Winner for Zousain – The Victress Salutes for Te Akau

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Widden Stud’s young gun sire Zousain broke the ice with his first winner on Wednesday when the Te Akau colours were carried to victory aboard first starter The Victress at Te Aroha, their fourth winner from eight yearlings purchased at Magic Millions in 2023.

Trained by Mark Walker and Sam Bergerson, The Victress was partnered by Opie Bosson and sent out a short priced favourite for the 1000m maiden. She held off all challengers in the run to the line to win by half a length.


The Victress was snapped up by David Ellis from the Coolmore draft at Magic Millions for $250,000 and was a successful pinhook having been sold previously by Bhima Thoroughbreds at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale for $130,000 to Manson Place Bloodstock.

Bred by Bhima Thoroughbreds, The Victress is the fourth winner and is the final foal from stakes-winning Exceed and Excel mare Liesele, who died in 2021.

The Victress is the first winner from just three starters for Zousain, a Group II winning and multiple Group I placed son of Zoustar.

Zousain has 29 entries for Magic Millions and 23 for Inglis Classic.