Widden Stud's headline act Zoustar will return to a service fee of $154,000 (inc GST) in 2021 as the two-state operation confirmed prices for its entire 21-strong stallion roster across New South Wales and Victoria.
The uncertainty surrounding a looming COVID-19 crisis saw Zoustar's 2020 fee drop to $121,000, but with plenty of confidence back in the market and some outstanding results for his progeny both on the track and in the sales ring, he goes back to his pre-pandemic price in 2021.
Zoustar, who also shuttles to Tweenhills Stud in Great Britain, has had 13 stakes winners globally since August 1, highlighted by the G1 Newmarket H. winner Zoutori, who is the leading earner of his Australian progeny in 2020/21.
At 10 years of age, Zoustar is the youngest stallion in the Top 10 on the Australian Sires' Table, with his progeny earning over $10 million this season.
His current crop of yearlings have also hit the mark with buyers, with 110 sold at a career-high average of $266,695, including 24 at an average of $390,625 at this month's Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
That list included a colt out of Lady Jivago (Beneteau) offered by Widden, which sold for a record price for the stallion of $1.25 million. He is one of seven $1 million-plus yearlings for Zoustar, three of which have come in 2021.