Anthony and Sam Freedman won the war in the Listed Atlantic Jewel S. with Zouzarella (Zoustar) at Moonee Valley where little went to plan for her more fancied stablemate.

Zouzarella remained unbeaten and furthered her G1 Thousand Guineas claims with another sterling performance, but barnmate and race favourite Argentia (Frankel {GB}) was out of luck and trailed in eighth.

The Soft 6 underfoot conditions didn’t bother the winner, who had showed she was on her way to higher honours with her debut victory on the course a fortnight ago when she accounted for the two-time winner Zapateo (Brazen Beau).

Zouzarella put up a visually impressive display | Image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

“She’s handled wet ground at home and in her trials. She is a big-framed filly who enjoys room so that she can go through her gears,” Sam Freedman said.

Zouzarella raced back in the body of the field and off the fence before in-form rider Brett Prebble stoked her up 800 metres from home.

She wound up powerfully and picked off her rivals to go to the post with 2l to spare on Larkspur Run (Shamardal {USA}) with Literary Magnate (Written Tycoon) third.

“She’ll probably head to the Listed Jim Moloney S. and then on to the Thousand Guineas after that. It’s a big thanks to Cambridge Stud for sending us such a beautiful filly,” Freedman said.

“She’ll probably head to the Listed Jim Moloney S. and then on to the Thousand Guineas after that.” – Sam Freedman

Zouzarella was purchased by Brendan and Jo Lindsay at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale out of Glastonbury Farm’s draft for $250,000. She is a daughter of the six-time winner Zazparella (Al Maher).

She is a sister to the multiple winner and Group performer Almachino (Al Maher) and the successful extended European family of the multiple Group 1 winner and Champion Sire Blushing Groom (Fr), G1 Irish Oaks winner Shawanda (Ire) (Sinndar {Ire}) and the G1 Italian Oaks winner Zabarella (Ity) (Clouet {Ity}).

Zouzarella pictured as a yearling

Zouzarella’s victory continued a good start to the new season for Cambridge Stud, whose colours have also recently been carried to victory earlier this week by Vantina (Choisir) and Funny Girl (Showcasing {GB}) at Cambridge.

Zouzarella’s stablemate Argentia was an impressive winner on debut at Flemington last season and while there were pre-race concerns about her handling the rain-affected track at Moonee Valley, she didn’t get to show how effective she may have been.

“She’s a good filly, but she didn’t look that comfortable and was off the bit and then she was tightened for room on the turn. She will bounce back for sure,” Freedman said.

Argentia is also on a path toward the G1 Thousand Guineas and, despite her defeat, remains an $8 co-favourite with Heresy (Street Boss {USA}) and Zouzarella is at $8.50.