Magic Sale for Widden
The 2018 Magic Millions Yearling Sale just got better and better for Widden Stud culminating in a Saturday to remember with Zoustar’s first crop filly Sunlight winning the $2million Magic Millions 2YO Classic and a Widden Stud bred and sold filly topping the Saturday night Book One sales finale when sold for $1.1 million.
By champion sire Snitzel, the first foal of Dubawi‘s Group III winning daughter Intimate Moment was a much admired filly and sparked spirited bidding before up and coming trainer Mark Newnham triumphed with his final bid.
“That’s the one we were waiting for the last three days,” Newnham said.
“It’s nice we were able to get her.
“She just looks a natural. She’s got a really good, strong pedigree behind her and you’d nearly give up if she couldn’t run.”
She was the second most expensive filly sold at the Gold Coast this year.
“We thought she’d be pretty dear – for us she was the best one here. You’ve got to pay for them,” Newnham added.
“This is the first time I’ve gone past half a million (dollars). That’s how much we liked her, so hopefully she can repay us.”
Widden Stud also had a great result selling the highest priced yearling by the stud’s exciting young sire Zoustar, who splits his time between Widden and Woodside Park in Victoria.
A half-sister to Group III winner Sharnee Rose from good producer Farasha, she was snapped up by the China Horse Club’s Michael Wallace for $800,000.
“She went for a pretty big price, but she is the filly we have been waiting three days for,” Wallace told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“She was the exceptional athlete of the sale and it is great to have her. She has got a great pedigree, and she will be with us for a long time as part of our long-term breeding program.”
The filly comes from the Asawir branch of the Easy Date family featuring Group I winners Rewaaya, Sense of Occasion and Ertijaal.
Now the leading first season sire in the country by earnings, Zoustar had 22 yearlings sell in Book One for $6,095,000 at an average price of $277,045.
Widden Stud sold 29 yearlings in Book One for $7,490,000 and a further five for $451,000 in Book Two. We congratulate all purchasers and wish everyone the best of luck going forward.