Zoustar Hits 100 Winners!
Widden Stud’s Zoustar became the first sire to produce 100 winners this season at Gosford on Thursday when the half-sister to Group I MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Magic Time opened her account.
Trained by Joe Pride for a group of Proven Thoroughbreds owners, Cosmonova showed good ability at the trials earlier this year and was spelled after an unplaced debut at Randwick back in August.
Primed for her return with a couple of recent quiet trials, she loomed into contention on the turn for Reece Jones and let down with a good finish to win the 1000m maiden by a length.
100 winners for Zoustar!
First sire to get there this season with Cosmonova (3f Zoustar x Time Awaits) winning at Gosford.
The younger half-sister to last start Gr1 winner Magic Time.… pic.twitter.com/wdcwZnlI2X
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Cosmonova was well bought by Jamie Walter of Proven Thoroughbreds having been snapped up from the Milburn Creek draft at Inglis Premier for $220,000 before Magic Time had raced.
“That was a good start and she did have an excuse when she raced earlier in the year,” said Joe Pride.
“She trialled up well and we were expecting to see something like that. I just loved the way she let down.
“She’s a half-sister to Magic Time by a great sire in Zoustar and we didn’t pay that much for her, so she was well picked out by Jamie Walter.”
Winning rider Reece Jones was also impressed with Cosmonova.
“She’s still learning her craft, but she’s a professional and knows what she’s here for,” he said.
Bred by John and Trish Muir and Milburn Creek, Cosmonova is the second foal and second winner from Group III winning Nicconi mare Time Awaits, a grand-daughter of Group II West Australian Oaks winner Mystic Chantry.