First Foals By Roaring Lion, Zoustar Born In England

by | 01.14.2020 | 9:28am
Oisin Murphy celebrates the Irish Champions win aboard Roaring Lion

The first foal from the only crop left by 2018 Cartier Horse of The Year, Roaring Lion, is a colt and has been born at Jeffrey and Phoebe Hobby's Brightwalton Stud in Newbury.

The colt was born on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 11 and is the second foal out of 6-year-old Azamour mare Counterweight.

Brightwalton's stud manager Sean Keane said: “He is a well-made, attractive colt with plenty of athleticism. He is full of energy and is a joy to be around. The Hobbys are delighted with him.”

Counterweight is a full-sister to Group 2 winner Eleanora Duse and was bought from the 2017 Ballymacoll Stud dispersal sale at Tattersalls by Brightwalton. Counterweight's 2019 filly foal by Sea The Stars changed hands for 310,000 guineas (US$422,962) in November.

The end of last week saw the first foal born from the first Northern Hemisphere crop by Australian sire sensation Zoustar. Born at Peter Winkworth's Merton Place Stud in Surrey, the filly is the first live foal out of 6-year-old dual-winning Excelebration mare Coral Sea.

Winkworth said: “I'm a big fan of Zoustar and his first foal born in the U.K. is a cracker – well conformed, close coupled and perky. David Redvers actually bought her grandam Tropical Paradise for us as a yearling so it's great it's come full circle.”

There are 125 more mares carrying foals by Zoustar following his first Northern Hemisphere breeding season at Tweenhills in 2019 and he will again be extremely popular this year.

Zoustar stands for £30,000 ($38,984) and had yearlings sell at Magic Millions last week for A$900,000 ($621,395), A$600,000 ($414,246), A$580,000 ($400,438), A$500,000 ($345,205), A$450,000 ($310,678), and A$400,000 ($276,158).

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