Horse Racing

Sunlight’s sister breaks Magic Millions record

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Yulong paid $2.6 million to a sister of a three-time Group 1 winner on Wednesday

A Sunlight sister on Wednesday corrected the record for the highest priced perpetuals sold at Magic Millions after changing hands for $2.6 million on the Gold Coast.

Zoustar’s dirty money from Solar Charged broke the previous record of $2.2 million, dating back to 2008, when it was purchased by Yulong at the end of Day 2 of the Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

The purchase continues Yulong’s huge investment in Australian racing over the past few years and that organization’s chief executive Sam Fairgray said he looks forward to a successful career before an effective period. fruit in the barn.

Fairgray said: “We are delighted that she will be racing in the Yulong shirt and that she finally has a great future as a mare.

“Having access to such a dirty girl, it doesn’t happen often and it’s nice to be able to protect her.

“We have acquired some very nice pedigree mares and to be able to have such a really beautiful stallion like this is exciting.

“Given her residual value, she would be worth a lot of money.”

Yulong’s purchase was Sunlight’s sister, who won the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and three Group 1s after selling for $300,000 at the 2017 Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Sunlight returned to the Magic Millions Sale ring at the end of his racing career, selling for a Magic Millions record price of $4.2 million at the National Broodmare Sale.

The $2.6 million sum comes less than a year after Widden sold a Zoustar pony off Solar Charged for $3 million at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, and Widden Stud principal Antony Thompson said the result beyond their expectations.

“It was a huge build-up and a lot of media coverage and a lot of pressure,” says Thompson.

“From where we thought she was probably one of the best fat girls we’ve ever bred and I said maybe I don’t think we’ve ever seen a prettier girl in a round. prices in Australia this year, or maybe even over a long period of time.

“We like to have very high expectations and we would be disappointed if she didn’t sell well but with that expectation, but it exceeded our expectations.”

The record lot was one of two seven-figure lots sold at the end of Day 2 with I Am Invincible’s pony among Group 1 prize-winning sprinters Spright, Hinchinbrook’s daughter, sold to Coolmore with for 1.6 million dollars.

They were the top two shipments in a single day that saw total sales increase to $93,810,000, down just over $3 million from the same period last year.

But the 2023 average of $295,931 is up from last year’s $287,004 in two days, as well as the $230,000 average from 2022’s $227,500. Last year, the two-day clearance rate was 94% and the numbers this year is 87%.

The annual Gold Coast sale continues on Thursday, where Sunlight could once again hit the headlines with the star’s first pony ever trained by Tony Mcevoy, a pony child of Justify, will be offered for sale within the first hour of the sale.

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