Australian-Breds Rocket To Stardom

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...Meanwhile, across in Macau, the only three Australian-breds in the Listed Lisboa Challenge at Taipa on Sunday dutifully filled the first three placings: Tagmaster too strong for Golden Victory and Oneofthegreats.

It was an impressive performance from Tagmaster who jumped awkwardly, was held up rounding the home turn and only saw daylight in the last 150 metres.

The Lisboa Challenge becomes the maiden stakes win for Tagmaster who raced five times in Australia as Global Impact before heading to Macau.

Closely related to brilliant 2YO, Catnipped, Tagmaster becomes the third stakes winner for Northern Meteor’s Group Two winning sprinter, Eurozone, who joins Bellereve Stud this spring after five seasons at Newgate Farm in the Hunter Valley.

Eurozone’s best runner thus far – Krone – is a multiple stakes winner at two and three, was runnerup to Group One winner Amphitrite in the Group Two Edward Manifold Stakes last spring, and, most recently, third to Military Zone in the Group Three Fred Best at Doomben last month.

“We’re very happy to get such an exciting son of Northern Meteor on board,” said Chris Burke, who secured Eurozone on behalf of boutique property, Bellereve Stud, right next to Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory. “This region really needs a stallion of his quality and it’s worth remembering that both Krone and his unbeaten filly, Mystery Love (Listed Bendigo Guineas) are from his first crop. In fact, both of them won stakes races – a week apart – just before the announcement he would be heading to Bellereve.

“What’s more, he covered 417 mares in his first three years at stud, so there’s a lot of Eurozones coming through.

“Northern Meteor was a such a super sire and now sire of sires through the likes of Zoustar and Deep Field, so it’s terrific to have such a well credentialled son on hand for local breeders – especially given Eurozone stands for just $7,700.”