Zougotcha To Defy Huge Weight In A Great Renewal Of The Coolmore 2024


Zougotcha Heritage:

A Champion Racehorse and Residually very valuable commodity.

There are 16 headstones on Widden Stud that line the roadway to the stallion complex at the famous Hunter Valley property.

Most commemorate the great sires that have stood there including Vain, Marscay, Valais, Lunchtime, General Nediym and Salieri.

But there are two headstones reserved for a couple of special broodmares who are interwoven in the rich tapestry of Widden history – Medmenham and Chaperone.

Medmenham, the genesis of this story, was born 100 years ago in Ireland. She was later sent to Australia where she became an acclaimed producer at stud and her influence is still felt to this day.


At Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, Zougotcha, the favourite for the Group 1 Coolmore Classic, is the link between Widden’s past and present.

Zougotcha, who has a century of Widden tradition coursing through her veins, is a direct descendant on her dam’s side to Medmenham.

Widden Stud supremo Antony Thompson, the breeder and part-owner of Zougotcha, provided an insight into the influential Medmenham and the ill-fated Chaperone.

Medmenham’s champion son Ajax won 36 of his 46 starts, with 22 of his wins in races that have Group 1 status in the modern era including the 1937 Rosehill and Caulfield Guineas, 1938 Cox Plate and Newmarket Handicap

Despite his phenomenal race record, Ajax is best remembered for his shock defeat at 1/40 on in the 1939 Rawson Stakes when he was run down by Spear Chief – a result that is still regarded as the biggest upset in Australian racing history.

Ajax, a grandson of Valais, was retired to Widden Stud and sired Magnificent, winner of the 1945 AJC Derby and Victoria Derby, the 1950 Epsom Handicap winner Achilles, and the brilliant Chaperone, winner of the Ascot Vale Stakes, Merson Cooper Stakes and The Shorts in 1946.

Bing Crosby, the famous American singer and actor, and an enthusiastic racehorse owner and breeder, purchased Ajax and stood him at stud in the United States.

Ajax, the striking chestnut, was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2004. The Group 2 $300,000 Ajax Stakes (1500m) is named in the champion’s honour and is the main support race on the Coolmore Classic program.

Zougotcha Recent Form:

Zougotcha is the latest topliner to emerge from the renowned Medmenham family. She is already a Group 1 winner of the Flight Stakes two years ago and won the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes at this Rosehill meeting last year.

The talented Chris Waller-trained Zougotcha is the epitome of Widden’s breeding program as she is by resident champion sire Zoustar out of their proven broodmare Fast Talker.

Zoustar sire of Zougotcha was an outstanding sprinter and won twice at Group 1 level during the 2013 spring carnival with his wins in the Coolmore Stud Stakes and Golden Rose.

He’s still a relatively young stallion but has already sired 44 individual stakes winners including this season’s crack three-year-old colt Ozzmosis, winner of the Coolmore Stud Stakes last spring, and the outstanding mare Sunlight.

Widden not only bred Zougotcha but also bred and shared in the ownership of Sunlight’s full sister, Sisstar, a dual stakes winner herself who is now part of Widden’s broodmare band.

Fast Talker dam of Zougotcha, a daughter of Fastnet Rock who is closely related to 2010 Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily, is already the dam of three stakeswinners with Zougotcha her standout

Zougotcha is the $4 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds to win the Coolmore Classic – but she doesn’t have race history on her side.

She has been burdened with topweight of 57kg and only three winners of the Coolmore have carried more weight to win the race and they were champions – Emancipation under 60kg in 1984, Bounding Away with 57.5kg in 1987 and Sunline twice under 60kg in 2000 and 2002.

The record of the race’s number one saddlecloth wearer is also a concern with the great Sunline the last winner in 2000 and 2002. The race has hardly been kind to favourites, either, with none successful since Aloha in 2011.

History also shows that although the Coolmore Classic has undergone a number of name changes since it was introduced in 1974, it remains a significant race and breed-shaper.

The Coolmore Classic was the first Australian Group 1 race for fillies and mares only and the winners of the race become sought-after broodmares.

In fact, 13 per cent of Coolmore Classic winners who have had three or more foals at stud have produced a Group 1 winner and 52 per cent have produced stakes winners – both remarkable statistics.

Thompson revealed he covets the Coolmore Classic more than most feature races.

Zougotcha had an outstanding three-year-old classic season but struggled as a spring four-year-old when she was initially being aimed at The Everest.

But after three unplaced runs, Waller decided to send Zougotcha back to the spelling paddock and the mare has returned a rejuvenated racehorse with an impressive first-up win over Lady Laguna in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes.

Lady Laguna has subsequently franked Zougotcha’s form by beating Think it over and Espiona in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes last week.

Waller won his first Coolmore Classic with Espiona 12 months ago and has four very good chances to win the race again on Saturday although the betting suggests Zougotcha is clearly the stable’s number one seed.

How To Get Involved In a Potential Zougotcha:

Kurrinda Bloodstock has established itself as a trusted and proven syndicator within the world of horse racing, particularly in the realm of fillies like Zougotcha. For individuals interested in getting involved in horse ownership.

Especially with high-quality fillies like Zougotcha, Kurrinda Bloodstock offers a pathway that is both achievable and affordable.

One of the key ways Kurrinda Bloodstock makes ownership accessible is through syndication. By pooling resources with other investors, individuals can own a share in a high-caliber filly like Zougotcha without having to shoulder the full financial burden alone.

This not only makes ownership more affordable but also mitigates risk, as costs are shared among syndicate members.

Furthermore, Kurrinda Bloodstock’s track record speaks for itself. With a history of success in selecting and managing top-quality racehorses, investors can trust that their investment is in capable hands.

The expertise and experience of Kurrinda Bloodstock’s team ensure that each syndicate member receives professional management and guidance throughout the ownership journey.

Participating in a Kurrinda Bloodstock syndication not only provides the opportunity for financial investment but also offers a unique and rewarding experience to get involved in a horse like Zougotcha.

Syndicate members get to be part of the excitement of horse racing, from the thrill of watching their filly compete on the track to the camaraderie of being involved in a shared passion with fellow investors.

Moreover, Kurrinda Bloodstock is committed to providing an exceptional ownership experience. From regular updates on the progress of their fillies to exclusive events and access to industry insights, syndicate members are fully immersed in the world of horse racing.

In summary, getting involved in fillies like Zougotcha through a trusted and proven syndicator like Kurrinda Bloodstock offers investors a pathway to ownership that is both achievable and affordable.

With a track record of success and a commitment to providing an exceptional ownership experience, Kurrinda Bloodstock syndications are an excellent choice for anyone looking to enter the exciting world of horse racing ownership.

Here are just some of the exciting fillies we have available at the minute both with limited shares now remaining.

Meet Time To Reign x Mandawara




Ladies Only Syndicate $1million Pink Bonus Series

This Filly is by Kingstar Farm’s young sire Time To Reign, we didn’t get to quite see the best of Time To Reign on the track but this son of Champion sire Snitzel was a Stakes winning pre Christmas 2yo before taking out the G2 Sliver Slipper.

He is a ½ brother to dual Group 1 winner and Group 1 Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign.

This dam Mandawara is a sister to 3 individual Group performers including the Group 1 winner Manighar. She is already the producer of the Listed Breeders Plate winning 2yo Khan making this filly already residually very valuable.

This Filly was the one we really zoned in on for our ladies only syndicate as we believe she can get up and going early. She is very well balanced and a great mover, she has a fantastic attitude & looks to match. Who doesn’t love a grey!

She was presented at 2024 the Inglis Classic sale and comes off the great farm of Glenlogan Park who produced the 2024 Inglis Millennium and $400k Pink Bonus winner Fully Lit.

She will be trained by Matthew Dale out of his state of the art Goulburn facilities and will get every chance.

Time To Reign x Mandawara

This Filly is eligible for the Inglis race series and BOBS bonus scheme as well as this she will be targeted at the lucrative pink bonus series eligible to ladies only syndicates. Inglis Pink Bonus Series:

Registration for the Inglis Pink Bonus Series will result in the owners of registered horses being eligible to win significant additional prize money across the Inglis Race Series.

The first registered horse home in each of the races listed below will be eligible for an additional bonus, on top of the existing prizemoney payable, as outlined below.

2024 Inglis Banner, $500,000, Moonee Valley – $200,000 Inglis Pink Bonus
2024 Inglis Nursery, $500,000, Royal Randwick – $200,000 Inglis Pink Bonus

2025 Inglis Millennium, $2,000,000 – $400,000 Inglis Pink Bonus
2025 Inglis Sprint, $1,000,000, Flemington – $200,000 Inglis Pink Bonus

To be eligible for the $1,000,000 lnglis Pink Bonus Series, any horse must be eligible for, fully nominated and paid up for the Inglis Race Series and be a minimum 75% owned or leased by female owners.

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Castelvecchio x Rakitino Filly


This Filly is by Arrowfield Stud’s exciting young stallion Castelvecchio, a multiple Group 1 winner on the track. He was an excellent winner of the Inglis Millennium before going on to win the Group 1 Champagne Stakes.

He would go on to even greater heights in his 3yo season winning the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas before running 2nd in the Cox Plate as a 3yo at weight for age.

Rakitno is by champion sire Not A Single Doubt, a winner herself a 1200m she possessed plenty of speed and is a ½ sister to the 2yo winning stakes placed Zellindi.

This Filly reminded us an awful lot of her dam sire Not A Single Doubt, she was well put together, a great shape, well balanced, athletic and very much in the mould of what he threw throughout his career at stud.

The Filly was presented at the Inglis Classic Sale by Rheinwood Pastoral, in recent times Rheinwood have produced the highly exciting colt Libertad a winner of the Group 3 Widden Kindergarten Stakes at 2 and the Group 3 San Domenico (just like Anders).

She will be trained by David Pfieffer at Warwick Farm, Sydney that will see her have every opportunity. This Filly is eligible for the lucrative Inglis race series and BOBS bonus scheme

Tornado(IRE) x Swift Sis

Toronado X Swift Sis Filly


This Filly is by Swettenham Stud’s dual Group 1 winning sire Toronado, as a stallion he is in red hot form.

Already the sire of 6 individual Group 1 winners and 34 individual Stakes winners worldwide, including 3 individual Group 1 winners in Australia.

Her dam is the Stakes placed mare Swift Sis a winner of no less than 9 races earning over $300k on the track from 1100-1400m, she was a very speedy mare in her time and is well
related being a 1/2 sister to the Group 3 winner Quick Feet.

This Filly is a proper athlete very forward and precocious type, she is a great size for a first foal, well put together but it was her walk that we fell in love with.

She was one of the best moving horses we have seen this year and one that we were not leaving the sale without.

She was present at the Inglis Classic sale by Riversdale Farm as agent for the great Makybe Stud.

A farm that needs no introduction having produced the 3 time winning Melbourne Cup superstar mare Makybe Diva as multiple worldwide Group 1 winner and stallion Starspangledbanner.

She will be trained by Matthew Dale at his state of the of the art facilities in Goulburn so she will get every opportunity. This Filly is eligible for the lucrative Inglis race series and VOBIS bonus scheme.

Meet So You Think X Bellevue Girl. This filly is by the multiple worldwide Group 1 winning stallion So You Think, a dual winner of the Cox Plate, sire of 55 stakes winners and 11 individual group 1 winners to date

So You Think X Bellevue Girl Filly



This filly is by the multiple worldwide Group 1 winning stallion So You Think, a dual winner of the Cox Plate, sire of 55 stakes winners and 11 individual group 1 winners to date, he is arguably one of Australia’s leading sires for a number of years now.

She is out of the well related Exceed and Excel winning mare Bellevue Girl, herself a full sister to the Group 3 and stakes winning 2 year old winner Sugar Babe.

This filly has a fantastic pedigree and holds great residual value being a half sister to the Group 3 winning and Group 2 Todman stakes runner up Bellevue Hill.

She is a very well balanced filly who moved with great ease. She is a very athletic elegant type that posses class in abundance. She comes off the great Segenhoe Stud nursery the leading producer of stakes horses over the past 5 years in Australia.

This filly will be trained by David Pfieffer out of the state of the art Warwick Farm, Sydney facilities where she will be given every chance.

David Pfieffer has already had great success with the progeny of So You Think including $2.2 million earner Rocketing By.

This Filly is eligible for the lucrative Magic Millions race series and BOBS bonus scheme.

To get involved in what could potentially be a future Zougotcha, check out all of our available syndicates right now jump on to our website https://kbloodstock.com.au

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