Zoustar: lost only four kilos on the flight to BritainPICTURE: racingandsports.com.au
Ascot-bound Zoustar arrives in Lambourn
ZOUSTAR, the dual Group 1-winning Australian sprinter who is being aimed at Royal Ascot's Diamond Jubilee Stakes, arrived in Britain on Wednesday morning with connections overjoyed with how well he has taken the journey.
Trained by Chris Waller, Zoustar will be prepared for his target at Charlie Hills's yard in Lambourn.
"I couldn't have been more delighted, he actually looked better than when I last saw him in Australia," said David Redvers, speaking on behalf of Qatar Racing who this year purchased a share in the son of Northern Meteor.
"He's extraordinarily lost only four kilos on the flight and was as bright and perky as is possible."
Heavy ground scuppered plans to run Zoustar in the TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick last month and he's not been seen in action since finishing down the field in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes in March, where a "wet" track was against him.
Despite his long absence from the track, there are no plans to run before the Diamond Jubilee on June 21.
Redvers said: "There wasn't really time for a prep run. The plan was to get him here as early as we can to acclimatise and overcome any setbacks he might have during the trip and I hope we have it spot on. Certainly, if he looks as good as today in six weeks' time, I'd be delighted."
Regarding Ascot, where Zoustar also holds an entry for the 5f King's Stand Stakes, Redvers said: "He's a horse that would get anywhere from five furlongs to a mile but I'd tend towards six furlongs being the perfect route for him and the Diamond Jubilee is very much the target then possibly the July Cup before he takes on stud duties back in Australia. The one caveat is that he needs good ground."
Zoustar was unveiled among 48 entries for the July Cup on Wednesday, a race which also features 2,000 Guineas runner up Kingman.
Other star names among an international entry for Newmarket's Group 1 sprint on July 12, are Lucky Kristale, Noozhoh Canarias and Guerre.