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Crack Sprinter Zoustar Retired

Thursday, 22nd May 2014

Dual Gr1-winnning sprinter Zoustar (Northern Meteor-Zouzou, by Redoute's Choice) has been retired after injuring a suspensory ligament while preparing for the Royal Ascot meeting, reports racingnetwork.com.au. The problem was detected following the colt's first serious pace-work on Tuesday with scans revealing a very small strain to the lateral aspect of the proximal suspensory ligament. Part-owner Antony Thompson of Widden Stud said the intention was always for Zoustar to finish his career in England and return to Australia for the 2014 breeding season. "It is devastating that we won't get to showcase him to the northern hemisphere and show what a talent he is," Thompson said. "While he might not have reached the heights we would have liked in Sydney during the autumn, there was a lot of confidence that he was really thriving in England, Chris (Waller) was getting quite excited about him looking ahead to Royal Ascot." Thompson added, "He will come back home and get ready for the season, at the end of the day we bought him as a stallion, and we have got a great one that won the Coolmore Stud Stakes for us - we have got to take the positives out of that." The son of Northern Meteor had not raced since finishing a disappointing eighth in the Gr1 Canterbury Stakes at Randwick in March, where he was subsequently found to be slightly lame. He was being aimed at the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes on 21 June with a possibility of running in the Gr1 July Cup. Zoustar retires with the excellent record of 6 wins from 9 starts, including the Gr1 Golden Rose Stakes and Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, for earnings of $1.4 million.


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