David trains miRunners thoroughbred Zoushack. Zoushack displayed great ability and potential when he made his race debut on Everest Day 2018. He finished a solid fourth, finishing well down the straight after a tricky first 800m. Hayes is excited to get him back to the races in Autumn.
Across his 32-year training career, David Hayes has recorded more than 2,700 winners, including over 70 Group One wins. He won the Melbourne Cup in 1994, the Caulfield Cup in 1993, 2006, and 2017, the Cox Plate in 1990 and 2006, the Golden Slipper in 2006, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2015, and the Australian Cup in 2015.
As the head trainer at Lindsay Park Racing Stables, David learned every aspect of the racing business from his father, Colin. It must have been quite a tuition, because at the age of 28, following his father’s retirement, David established himself as a leading trainer in his very first season.
That incredible debut season included winning the Cox Plate with Better Loosen Up, recording six Group One winners in a single day at Flemington on Derby Day and then winning the Japan Cup a month later.
The yearling’s sire Zoustar has had great results so far with his yearlings. Zoustar himself was a champion 3yo sprinter and the only dual Group 1 winning son of champion young sire Northern Meteor.
Excitingly, Zoustar sired the winner on the $2m Magic Millions two-year-old race with Sunlight. Sunlight has gone on to win numerous Group 2 and 3 races as well as most recently winning the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington in November. She is only a three year old and has outstandingly won over $3 million in prize money so far.
In what is a very exciting sign for this colt, Zoustar is one of if not the most exciting sire in Australia today.
What we also really like about this horse is that the mother is by Canny Lad, a Golden Slipper winner whose bloodlines are well sort after. Canny Lad has become a champion broodmare sire with his daughters producing 11 Group 1 winners including champion Redoute’s Choice. The speed and precocity of Canny Lad paired with the explosive speed and bloodline of Zoustar makes this combination unstoppable.
Zoustar made his race debut for the Hayes Stable on Everest Day 2018, finishing in an impressive fourth place after a difficult run. We are excited by his future and look forward to seeing how he goes in 2019.
|Prize money||Over $170M|
|Group 1 wins||74|
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