Widden Stud has confirmed the fee for rising star Zoustar has jumped to $154,000 (inc GST) while four-time Group 1 winner Trapeze Artist will stand his first season at $99,000 (inc GST), while
Zoustar stood for $60,500 last season at Widden, having stood for $44,000 his first four seasons, but off the back of a brilliant first Australian crop, headlined by triple Group 1 winning filly Sunlight, one of seven individual stakes winners, plus some spectacular yearling sales results, his fee has jumped significantly.
“Zoustar is the most exciting young stallion in the world and that demand has extended to the Northern Hemisphere where he is covering a full book of mares at Tweenhills Stud," Thompson said.
"To sire the 1-2-3 in a highly targeted Group 1 race like the Coolmore with his first crop speaks volumes of this young stallion’s ability and future."
“Zoustar is the most exciting young stallion in the world and that demand has extended to the Northern Hemisphere." - Antony Thompson
“He’s also enjoyed a phenomenal year in the sales ring with multiple yearlings fetching $1m or more. Given his strong shareholder support nomination numbers are limited and we expect he’ll be full within the next few days post the release of his fee.”
Zoustar, a son of Northern Meteor, served 243 mares last spring and is one of the most in-demand young stallions in the country at the moment. He had 21 yearlings sell at last week's Inglis Australian Easter Sale and 40 sell at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, with two million-dollar lots across those two sales.
First season for Trapeze Artist
Widden came to an agreement to stand Trapeze Artist, the only four-time G1-winning son of reigning Champion sire Snitzel, with his owner and breeder Bert Vieira last month and have now confirmed he will stand at a higher fee than any other first-season stallion in 2019.
“Trapeze Artist is without question one of the most decorated & best credentialled horses to retire to stud in years. A multiple record-breaking sprinter, a 3-year-old that dominated his elders at WFA level and by the Champion sire in Snitzel. I can’t think of an Australian colt to retire this season with anywhere near the level of Trapeze Artist’s achievements," Widden’s Antony Thompson said.
"I can’t think of an Australian colt to retire this season with anywhere near the level of Trapeze Artist’s achievements." - Antony Thompson
"It’s also worth remembering what he did to the likes of Menari, Pariah & Merchant Navy in the Golden Rose where he won by over 4 lengths from the widest barrier. As Gerald Ryan says; ‘when he lets rip there isn’t a sprinter in the world that could of gone with him”.
Trapeze Artist recently retired having won the G1 Golden Rose S, the G1 TJ Smith S. and the G1 All Aged S. as a 3-year-old and then backed up to win the recent G1 Canterbury S. as a 4-year-old, having run second in the world's richest sprint, The Everest, last spring.
Watch: Trapeze Artist winning the G1 Golden Rose
The other new face on the stallion roster at Widden this year is Written By.
A winner of the G1 Blue Diamond S. as well as three other stakes races, Written By stands his first season at $24,750 (inc GST).
He becomes the first son of Written Tycoon to stand at the historic stud.
“Written By is an awesome individual. Strong, imposing and perfectly suited to the Australian market which is key for commercial success," Thompson said.
"He’s a Group 1 winning, Champion 2YO by one of Australia’s leading speed sires and is completely free of Danehill blood. He profiles up ideally particularly for breeders with Redoute’s line mares given his duplication of Best In Show. We feel he’s an enormous chance and we’re thrilled to stand him with Neville Begg & his family,” he said.
“Written By is an awesome individual. Strong, imposing and perfectly suited to the Australian market." - Antony Thompson
Nicconi recently marked his first Group 1 winner with Nature Strip's win in the G1 Galaxy and as a result of that and some strong demand for his yearlings at recent sales, he gets a bump in his fee from $24,750 to $38,500.
Star Witness, currently inside the top 20 leading Australian sires with 93 individual winners this season, stands for $27,500, while dual Group 1 winner Shamus Award, who had his first stakes-winner last Saturday, will stand for $11,000.
Supido, son of recently-deceased Sebring, will start his second season on the roster this year at a fee of $9,900 after covering 116 mares in his first season, while Your Song, the G1-winning son of Fastnet Rock, will stand for $13,750.
Group 1 winner Stratum Star, a son of Widden’s late sire Stratum, will stand for $9,900 in his third season at stud, while Outreach, a son of Exceed and Excel, enters his fourth season at $7,700, with his first crop of 2-year-olds to hit the track in 2019-20.
2019 Widden Stud Stallion Fees
|Written By||Written Tycoon||$24,750||New|
|Your Song||Fastnet Rock||$13,750||$22,000|
|Outreach||Exceed and Excel||$7,700||$7,700|