Zoustyle is unbeaten in his five starts but has been thwarted by the heavy tracks in Brisbane with his astute trainer Tony Gollan forced to delay the colt’s return.
Plague Stone, on the other hand, has had one run back from a spell winning on a heavy surface on April20, and has since topped off that winning a Kembla barrier trial on May 8.
Bloodlines believes both of these three-year-olds should be forces come The Everest carnival in the Sydney spring.
Zoustyle has been a great advertisement for his young sire Zoustar, winning all of his five starts by a combined total of 12 lengths. In his past four wins the form has been outstanding, with 23 winners coming from the beaten brigade.
He also has an unblemished record at Doomben with four wins there, the other success being at the Sunshine Coast.
Plague Stone is a Godolphin gelding by Lonhro and won the Rosebud Prelude at Rosehill last year before finishing fourth in the final. He has shown great potential from day one and his last-start win was impressive.
Zoustyle has gate two and seems certain to set the speed, while Plague Stone from gate six should get a nice trail. Fitness is on the side of the latter but Zoustyle has run sizzling sectionals at Doomben at his past two wins there, breaking 1minute 9 seconds for the 1200 metres.
An enthralling race awaits.
American Pharoah continued his marvellous strike rate in the sale ring last weekend with a colt by the US Triple Crown winner fetching €1.1 million ($1.78 million) to the Coolmore band of owners at the Arqana Sales at Deauville in France.
He is to stand the southern hemisphere breeding season for the third successive year at the Hunter Valley come September and a full book of some of Australia’s best broodmares await the handsome stallion.
The colt sold at Arqana was a great pin-hooking result with his first trip to the sale ring resulting in a purchase price of $US275,000 ($397,000), at the Keeneland Sales last September.
Arqana once again proved a happy hunting ground for Europe’s emerging super-sire Kingman, who had two fillies sell for €800,000 and €650,000 – the former selling to Godolphin and the latter to Charlie Gordon Watson.
Kingman, who has produced exciting two-year-olds from his first crop to race in Calyx and Surfman, produced his first group 1 winner last Sunday, the day after the purchase of the two fillies.
The Andre Fabre-trained Persian King is raced in partnership between Godolphin and Ballymore Thoroughbreds and scored a decisive win in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains (the equal of the group 1 Guineas races around the world) over 1600m at Longchamp.
The win gave the champion French trainer his seventh success in the Longchamp event.
Another of Coolmore’s 2019 shuttlers No Nay Never was also popular with big-money buyers at Arqana and had two fillies knocked down for €575,000 and €500,000.
Coolmore also had a huge day at the Leopardstown meeting last Sunday as trainer Aidan O’Brien continues his assault on the Epsom Derby next month.
The trainer saddled up three runners in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial and the winner was Broome, a colt by Australia who gave O’Brien his 12th winner of one of the major lead-ups to the Epsom classic on June 1.
O’Brien’s first two of his six Epsom Derby wins were in 2001 and 2002 with the winners being Galileo and High Chaparral. The duo had their lead-up races In the Derrinstown Derby Trial and that is an excellent omen for Broome.
Godolphin also joined in the winning celebrations at Longchamp when Castle Lady landed the 300th group 1 winner for Sheikh Mohammed in the Poule des Pouliches (1000 Guineas).
Godolphin had also shared in the ownership of Persian King and the record books reveal Sheikh Mohammed had his first group 1 winner in 1994 when three-year-old filly Balanchine won the English Oaks at Epsom.
The all blue Godolphin colours have had a memorable last six months, particularly in Australia with Cross Counter in the Melbourne Cup and the Golden Slipper trifecta with the filly Kiamichi first home.