Zousain retired to join his exciting sire Zoustar on Widden Stud roster
Zousain, the first ever foal from Widden Stud’s leading young stallion Zoustar, will join his sire on the New South Wales farm’s roster this year after the four-year-old’s retirement was announced on Monday.
The dam of Zousain, Pasar Silbano, was a Kern Lillingston purchase from the Tattersalls December Mare sale, on behalf of Richard Pegum. The daughter of Elnadim was a multiple stakes winner over 5 furlongs during her racing career.
Zousain was a Group 2-winning juvenile, taking the Champagne Classic at Doomben before finishing second to The Autumn Sun in the JJ Atkins, Zousain’s record is reminiscent of his sire, with Zoustar winning the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes before also finishing runner-up in the JJ Atkins.
Widden Stud bought into the Qatar Racing-owned Zousain before he resumed at three and watched on as the colt came so close to gaining an elusive Group 1 win during his spring campaign, finishing a long head behind The Autumn Sun in the Golden Rose and the same margin behind Sunlight in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.
“Both Zousain and Zoustar were trained by Chris Waller and Zousain’s race record mirrors that of his own sire,” Widden Stud principal Antony Thompson said.
“They had identical records at two and he was so close to that Group 1 win, just a long head off the winner in the Coolmore and Golden Rose at three to Sunlight and The Autumn Sun respectively. That was agonising.”
“He’s a colt that has always been on our radar,” Thompson said. “He was a standout yearling and when David Redvers purchased him with Guy Mulcaster and Chris Waller he was a colt we followed very closely.
“He is physically an outstanding type very much in the mould of Zoustar and Northern Meteor, with that same remarkable calm temperament.”