Star Tsar gains black type
22 Feb 2021
Consistent 5yo gelding, Star Tsar, stepped it up a level on Saturday, adding a stakes placing to his improving record when running third in the Group 2 Avondale Cup at Ellerslie.
The lightly raced son of Champion sire, Fastnet Rock, has won four races for trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman and placed in a further five, from only 12 starts to date. At his previous start, Star Tsar took out the $100,000 Dunstan Feeds Stayers Championship Final, also at Ellerslie.
Foaled at Willow Park in 2015 for his breeder, David Paykel, Star Tsar is out of Group 2 winner, Zarzuela (NZ). A daughter of Champion sire, Zabeel, Zarzuela was also bred by David Paykel, out of his Champion 3yo Filly, Star Satire (NZ). Unfortunately Zarzuela died foaling last season, but she also produced Gr3 winner, Serious Satire, who is currently a resident broodmare at Willow Park. Serious Satire has a filly by Russian Revolution heading to the 2021 Inglis Easter Sale.
Star Tsar is well known for his massive stature, he was the second largest foal born at Willow Park in the past 15 years, weighing in at an impressive 71kg!