Widden Stud Fees for Trapeze Artist Pale by Comparison to Zoustar’s

What is that ringing off in the distance? Is it wedding bells announcing the nuptials of Winx and Trapeze Artist?

The DNA of the four-time Group 1 winner (T J Smith Stakes, Golden Rose Stakes, Canterbury Stakes, All-Aged Stakes) will not come cheap, as Widden Stud has set his fee at $90,000. The goods and services tax is not included in that figure.

You had better have deep pockets and worthy mares if you should want to enquire of Widden.

The price placed on Trapeze Artist may have boosted the market for Zoustar. That stallion could be obtained for $60,500 last season, but the new price is $140,000 plus GST.

Zoustar covered 243 mares last season, which equates to a lot of post-coital cigarettes, but he has the credentials to back him.

His first crop included the top three runners in the 2018 Coolmore Stud Stakes in Sunlight, Zousain and Lean Mean Machine.

Widden Stud seems to find itself in an enviable position and Widden’s Anthony Thompson was in full on promo mode when he told reporters, “Zoustar is the most exciting young stallion in the world and that demand has extended to the Northern Hemisphere where he is covering a full book of mares at Tweenhills Stud.”

It often seems as though the northern hemisphere stallions are getting all the action, but with the lineup Widden is offering, there could be many future winners in Europe and the U.S. with some degree of Australian blood in their pedigrees.

They also have Written By and that stallion, winner of the Blue Diamond Stakes in his third races, is a relative bargain at $22,250 plus tax.

Written By, like many Thoroughbreds, boasts connections to Northern Dancer on both sides of his line.

“Written By is an awesome individual. Strong, imposing and perfectly suited to the Australian market which is key for commercial success,” Thompson said.

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