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Mahato winning easily on debut (Picture: Royal Windsor racecourse)

The William Haggas-trained Zoustar colt Mahato made his debut over six furlongs at Windsor today (Monday) in a Novice Stakes event and carrying 9 stone 4 pounds, 7 pounds less than the only winner in the field, ran out a comfortable 2,25 length winner under Tom Marquand.

The big colt started 7/1 and travelled strongly in touch with the leaders before making headway at the half way mark. He was green and shifted outward, but hit the front at the one furlong mark and won going away.

A Racing Post report on the meeting sub-headlined the horse as “Magic Mahato” and said, ”

William Haggas may have another classy runner to look forward to next year after Mahato created a fine impression when taking the 6f novice on his debut. Despite obvious greenness and a high head carriage, the colt travelled superbly before kicking clear under Tom Marquand, with two and a quarter lengths back to Ghaihaban, who made eye catching late headway to nab second.”

Zoustar is a twice Group 1-winning Australian-bred by Redoute’s Choice and his wins at the highest level come as a three-year-old over seven furlongs and six furlong respectively.
Trainer Chris Waller said about him, “He was that good, I could have prepared him for the Golden Slipper however given I thought he was bred to be at his best at Three we were happy to wait. What he did achieve at Two was just a glimpse of his natural ability. An equine machine.”
Zoustar has become a sensational stallion, so Jonsson will be excited about having such a promising son by him.
Jonsson said on Tuesday morning, “He’s a nice colt with exciting prospects.”
Zoustar was a champion 1st season, 2nd season and 3rd season sire and, standing at Widden Stud, now commands a fee of Aus$220,000.
He shuttles and stands for £30,000 at Tweenhills Stud in Gloucester.He is the sire of 68 Stakes Performers, including Gr 1 winners Sunlight, Mizzy, Zougotcha and Lezoo.He is Now a Gr 1 winning producer in both hemisphere’s. He is the sire of 30 Stakes performing 2yo’s. His yearlings average over Aus$447k and he is the sire of 19 millions Aus dollar plus lots in his career.
Mahato was bred by Ian Brabury’s Byerley Stud and is out of a placed mare by Harbour Watch.
He was purchased at a Tattersalls Sale for 32,000 gns.
He looks to have a bright future, so it is more exciting times for Jonsson, who has had heady success in South Africa in recent times and an increasing interest in U.K racing.
Mahato holds an entry in a Novice Stakes race over six furlongs at Redcar on Friday.