Amid the high-profile successes of I Am Invincible, Justify and a host of first-season stallions, Widden Stud’s Zoustar has built a seasonal record unprecedented in Australian racing history.

Coolmore Classic winner Zougotcha.
Zougotcha's victory in the Coolmore Classic gave her sire Zoustar his third Group 1 winner for the season. (Photo by Jeremy Ng/Getty Images)

Zougotcha’s victory in Saturday’s Coolmore Classic at Rosehill delivered Zoustar his third individual Group 1 winner of the Australian season, leading all stallions when it comes to individual elite winners. Dundeel is the only other sire with multiple individual Group 1-winning progeny in Australia in 2023/24.

It was another highlight in a remarkable season for the Widden resident. He is unlikely to be crowned champion Australian stallion, with I Am Invincible holding an almighty lead in that department, but he is set to outpoint the Yarraman Park champion in a couple of key areas, and in the process set Australian records.

As of Saturday night, Zoustar had 157 individual Australian winners for the season, 28 more than I Am Invincible, who has been Australia’s top winner-getter for the past five seasons.

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