Brilliant Queensland sprinter Zoustyle (by Zoustar) recorded the second emphatic win of his latest campaign when leading from start to finish in the $200,000, Group 3, TAB George Moore Stakes (1200m) at Doomben in Brisbane to give trainer Tony Gollan his fourth winner on the programme.
Available at odds of better than even-money just before the off, the complexion of the race changed dramatically just before the starter let the field go when second favourite Shooting For Gold ‘went off’ in the barrier and was understandably withdrawn, along with Simply Fly.
The incident consequently witnessed the odds on Zoustyle shorten appreciably before the brilliant gelding went on to claim the Group 2 event like an odds-on favourite should do.
Allowed to lead without any pressure before being afforded an easy sectional mid-race, Zoustyle had too much natural speed for his rivals in the straight and landed the contest with relative ease.
The lightly-raced 6-year-old was ultimately chased home by stablemate Baller (by High Chaparral (Ire)) in second, with Stampe (by Whittington) holding on for third after chasing the winner through the rapid early stages.
Winning trainer Tony Gollan’s main concern after the victory was to get the gifted son of Zoustar back to his stable in one piece in light of the soundness issues the acclaimed horseman has needed to manage over a troublesome 12-month period with the brilliant galloper.
Looking further ahead, Gollan said that Zoustyle would next be seen in action on Boxing Day — in the Listed Falvelon Stakes (1200m) at Doomben — before hopefully getting a wildcard for Magic Millions Day on the Gold Coast in January.
Zoustyle has now won nine of his 13 starts and $575,975. The super-swift gelding is raced by Desharon Bloodstock Pty Ltd & Stableboard Bloodstock and was produced by a German-bred daughter of the revered Danzig racehorse and sire Anabaa (USA).
Zoustyle scored by one-and-a-quarter lengths from Baller, which in turn finished the same distance clear of Stampe in third.
Winning time was 1m09.60s, the final 600m 33.37s.