A match made in Group 1 heaven - Zoustar’s hot date with Tycoon Tara
Woodside Park Stud’s young gun Zoustar is a lucky boy, securing his stable mates (Written Tycoon) most recent Group 1 winner, Tycoon Tara, for the upcoming breeding season.
With Written Tycoon’s book of mares being the envy of many, Zoustar is also starring in the quality filly category, and now with the confirmed booking of Tycoon Tara, he will get every opportunity to achieve a Group 1 winning son or daughter himself.
Tycoon Tara’s victory made her one of the most sought after mares by stallion farms after her co-owner Tony Krushka had announced she was headed to the breeding barn this season.
“We have decided that Zoustar is the stallion for Tycoon Tara,” Krushka said.
“There was certainly a bit of interest in her from other studs, but Zoustar was always on the radar. He was in the top two or three stallions, and we wanted to support Victorian breeding with the VOBIS Gold scheme.”
Krushka, a former trainer, now runs Port Boutique Accommodation on Victoria’s famous Great Ocean Road.
“I have bred a couple and raced a few with co-owner Ross Pierce for over 20 years, so it’s a real thrill to breed and own a Group 1 winner – and there were some very genuine excuses for the near missus.”
Tycoon Tara’s dam, the metropolitan winner Mosstara (Encores) was also bred and trained by Krushka. Her granddam Finest Star is a half-sister to the dam of King's Stand Stakes winner and sire Godswalk (Dancer’s Image)(IRE). Mosstara unfortunately died in 2014, with her last foal the dual winning The Passage.
“We both (Pierce) really liked the cross, coupled with the fact he was such a brilliant racehorse. His pedigree worked, grass-roots Australian bred, with Northern Meteor, Encosta de Lago and Redoute’s Choice, and with the Star Kingdom line in both pedigrees; on paper, you have the crème of the very best.”
“Woodside Park Stud is a very professional operation. They have the good horses, and there is no doubt they will get the good mares,” Krushka said.
Woodside Park Stud’s Murray Tillett isn’t surprised that the top mares are lining up to secure a date with the dual Group 1 winning stallion in the breeding shed.
“It very exciting for the stud to have a Group 1 Written Tycoon mare going to Zoustar, it really is keeping it in the family.”
“It can be tough before you get the success on the track but the Zoustar’s are amazing types, great movers and very trainable, he is more popular than ever.”
“I think that the fact the top trainers backed him and paid big money, it gives breeders confidence that when his fist runners hit the track this spring they will have every opportunity to succeed.”
Zoustar’s first crop of yearlings averaged over $200,000, a staggering six and a half times his first season fee, as well as achieving an impressive $1 million dollar yearling at Easter.
Zoustar is the greatest son of champion sire Northern Meteor. Being the fastest and highest rated sprinter of his generation, he was victorious in the stallion making Group 1 double, the ATC Golden Rose and VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes.
Tycoon Tara will race on until its time to head to the breeding barn. She is currently having a short break at Wild Oats, before resuming her training, with a hopeful tilt at achieving back-to-back Missiles.
Jackson Beirs, Snowden’s Racing Manager, spoke very highly of the genuine, sound, tough mare. “You wish all your horses were as easy to train as she is, you dream of having a barn full of mares that are as good as her.”
The six-year-old mare is the fourth individual Group 1 winner for Written Tycoon, having raced 32 times for ten wins, breaking the million-dollar mark with prize money of $1,137,370. She raced 18 times in Group company, a testament to her class, claiming the Group 2 Golden Pendant, Group 2 Missile Stakes along with triple Group 3 wins.
The mating will certainly be a recipe for success; a perfect combination of brilliant ability and outstanding physique from Zoustar coupled with the tough, talented, genuine nature of Tycoon Tara.
We will keep you updated on her journey as a broodmare and look forward to introducing you to her foal, a future superstar from two Group 1 winning champions.