Victoria’s Woodside Park and Widden Stud and are celebrating the arrival of the first foal by their exciting stallion Zoustar.

Zoustar, a speed machine, is the best performed son of Northern Meteor to go to stud and his foals will be arriving in abundance this spring.

The first-born is a colt from Irish bred stakes winner Pasar Silbano (Elnadim). She won the LR The Curragh Stakes (1000m) before crossing the Atlantic to claim a Group 3 in the Habra Stakes (1200m) at Santa Anita.

“He is a really nice foal, correct with plenty of substance,” Edinglassie Stud’s Mick Talty said. “I like what I see as we have a couple of our best mares in foal to Zoustar.”

Covered on September 1 last year, Pasar Silbano was one of the very first of 185 mares served by Zoustar, who is now at Woodside Park Stud in Victoria getting ready for his second season, priced again at $44,000 (inc gst).

Lauriston Park has tapped into the Fastnet Rock sireline with his stakes winning son Rock Hero retiring to the Creighton’s Creek nursery this year.

Fastnet Rock has just annexed his second Australian sires’ premiership and his young sons Hinchinbrook, Rothesay and Stryker all appeared in the Top 10 of the first-season sires’ premiership.

A horse with an outstanding turn of foot, Rock Hero had his career cut short by injury but was highly regarded by trainer David Payne who held him in higher esteem at three than stablemate Criterion.  “He would have to be the best looking son of Fastnet Rock standing at stud,” Payne declared.  “I will be very surprised if he does not make a top stallion.”

Rock Hero was a stakes winning sprinter-miler and is from Group 2 winning Galileo mare Gallant Tess.  The Fastnet Rock – Galileo cross has a stunning 19% stakes winners-to-starters strike-rate.

Those statistics explains why Rock Hero is already proving popular with Victorian and interstate breeders.

“He’s had lots of visitors and all are impressed by him,” Lauriston’s Chris Bakker said.  “He is a superb type, full of quality with great presence.”

Broodmare owners will get to see for themselves when Rock Hero parades at Oaklands Junction during the Inglis Sale on Friday, August 21.

For further information contact Lauriston Park’s Chris and Kathie Bakker (0427 903 353) or LP Stallion’s Julie Nairn (0402 901 910).

Trainer Kim Waugh is confident His Majesty, a younger brother of incoming Swettenham Stud sire Puissance de Lune, can make an impact during the spring carnival after an eye-catching victory at Gosford.

Grey like his big brother, the Irish bred gelding was appearing for the first time since New Year’s Day but dropped his rivals like a smart horse for a three-length victory in the Anytime Fitness Penrith Hcp (1200m) on Thursday.

“I was very happy with the way he sprinted,” Waugh said.  “He’s very well balanced and a real neat horse.”

His Majesty impressed winning jockey Blake Shinn at Gosford.  “It’s hard to tell just how good he is.  He’s an exciting horse and is obviously very talented.  With a sprint like that – if he can get out to a distance like Puissance de Lune – who knows where he could end up.”

His Majesty (5g Shamardal – Princess Serena by Unbridled´s Song) made 110,000gns as a yearling at the 2011 Tattersalls October Sale and won a Warwick maiden in July 2013 before relocating to Australia.  He won at Wyong (pictured) during his first campaign out here last December.

Older brother Puissance de Lune arrived out here in 2012 and raced in Gerry Ryan’s Limerick Lane colours.

He blitzed quality fields in the Listed Bendigo Cup and then the G3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Then he stepped up in class to win the G2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington and G2 Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield as well as finishing second in the G1 Makybe Diva Stakes and G1 Turnbull Stakes.

He begins covering his first book at Swettenham Stud next month.

Puissance de Lune has been priced at an introductory service fee of $11,000 (inc gst) this year.  Lifetime breeding rights are also available from Swettenham for $25,000.