$2.6 Million for Sunlight Sister Sets New Magic Millions Yearling Record
Widden Stud came to Magic Millions this year with a filly we believed was the best we had ever bred and we were thrilled and delighted when she sold for $2.6million to Yulong.
Bidding on the Zoustar filly from Solar Charged opened at $1.1million and progressed from that point with Sam Fairgray of Yulong placing the winning bid for the full sister to Champion 3YO Filly Sunlight, who sold at Magic Millions as a broodmare in 2020 for $4.2million.
“It’s fantastic,” Yu Long Investment’s Sam Fairgray said moments after the gavel fell.
“Obviously she has a great physique and with a fantastic page. We’re delighted that she’ll be racing with the Yulong colours and eventually she’s got a great future as a broodmare also.”
“To have access to a filly like that, it doesn’t come along very often and it’s great to be able to secure her.”
“Mr Zhang is delighted. We’ve bought some really nice pedigree mares and to be able to get a really nice yearling like this is exciting.”
At this stage it is undecided who will be given the honour to train the record breaking filly.
“Not yet,” Fairgray said when asked about a trainer. “We’ll get her home and broken in and then see where we’ll progress from there.”
“With her residual value she was going to be worth a lot of money and with the prizemoney in Australia and the way she walked and her physique, hopefully we are here this time next year and, obviously, races like the Golden Slipper.”
“Mr Zhang wants to keep building the quality so it is exciting times for Yulong and the industry with the investment in it.”
“Quality, you can’t beat and she had all of that and whatever she does on the track will be a bonus with the residual she’s got there and with her sisters breeding. The family doesn’t need to prove anything.”
Antony Thompson was thrilled with the result and there is more to come from the family with Solar Charged producing a colt by Zoustar last spring before being covered by him again.
Widden Stud is also home to Sunlight’s Group III winning sister Sisstar, who produced a filly by I Am Invincible last spring and is back in foal to him.
Hear from Antony Thompson @widdenstud after the sale of Lot 399, the Zoustar x Solar Charged filly who sold to @YulongInvest for $2.6 million @mmsnippets #MMGC2023 pic.twitter.com/z3Xde0QDno
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