Widden Announces 2018 Roster

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Sebring | Widden Stud

G1 Golden Slipper hero and veteran sire Sebring (Aus) (More Than Ready) tops the Widden Stud roster for 2018 and will command A$66,000 on the back of a pair of Group 1 winners in Egg Tart (Aus) and Lucky Bubbles (Aus). He is joined by Zoustar (Aus) (Northern Meteor {Aus}), who sits on top of the first-season sire table by earnings, mainly thanks to MGSW and Golden Slipper third Sunlight (Aus) and sees his fee jump up to A$60,500 from A$44,000. MGISW Nicconi (Aus) (Bianconi) also had his fee hiked to A$24,750, with four stakes winners this season, including Group 3 scorer State Solicitor (Aus).

“Sebring has had a phenomenal last 12 months,” Antony Thompson reflected. “Having sired some 42 Stakes Performers, 17 Stakes Winners including two Group I winners in this period there was an expectation to increase fee given the ongoing success of his progeny. He’s enjoyed a yearling average at both major sales of over $240,000 with a top lot of $1.4 million so we feel his fee maintained at $66,000 represents terrific value.”

Added Thompson, “Zoustar has started in spectacular fashion, in fact he is ahead of where Northern Meteor was at the same stage with his first crop. He looks every inch the heir to his late champion sire. Attitude, constitution, class and scope are terms that have been regularly used in reference to his progeny and the exciting thing is, like their sire, they’ll improve further at three.”

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