Zoustar Colt Sells for $3million to Top Inglis Easter 2022
The current crop of stellar yearlings by Zoustar are those conceived at a fee of $154,000 following the emergence of his champion filly Sunlight, so it only seems fitting that he would smash it right out of the park at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale on Wednesday when the full brother to Sunlight sold for $3million.
Bred in partnership by Widden Stud, the much admired colt was purchased by Tom Magnier, who paid $4.2million for Sunlight as a broodmare prospect at the 2020 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.
Sunlight produced a colt by Justify (USA) last spring and is now in foal to Wootton Bassett (GB), so Coolmore already have a considerable investment in this progressive family.
“We’re in the game this week of trying to find stallions. If you want to find the good pedigrees, they’re all here this week at Inglis Easter,’’ Tom Magnier said.
“Around the world there is a lot of high prices on yearlings, but it’s about the types you walk away with. The truck will be going back to the farm tonight and to the breakers and hopefully, there is the next Home Affairs in there.
“The Solar Charged, he was probably the best type at the sale.’’
Sunlight was an exceptional filly that won the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and placed in the Golden Slipper before returning at three to win the Group I VRC Newmarket Handicap, Coolmore Stud Stakes and MVRC William Reid Stakes to be crowned Champion 3YO Filly.
At the time she was racing, it was often lamented that Sunlight was not a colt, but in this $3million youngster we might actually have that much coveted male version of a superstar.
“It’s stunning. I can’t believe it. Words can’t describe the rollercoaster being behind the auctioneer there and seeing that horse make $3 million, it is just overwhelming,’’ an elated Antony Thompson said.
“I’m blown away, we all are.
“To top any sale is a fantastic thing but to top the Inglis Easter Sale, it’s pretty awesome. It’s been a stunning sale. You come here with the best of the best, you really have to stump up, there’s a lot of competition and so many beautiful horses on the complex, the buyers here are very professional.
“We knew we had a very special horse but wow, that’s a very special price. I’m just flabbergasted really.’’
A Group III winning daughter of Charge Forward, Solar Charged is also the dam of Group III winner Sisstar, Group III placed Sheikha and stakes-placed Dio, producing five winners from her seven foals to race.
Solar Charged is married to Zoustar and has a filly follow and is back in foal to him again.
Zoustar finished the sale with 34 yearlings selling for $19,925,000 at an average $586,029.
He had two other colts sell for seven figures with Tom Magnier also purchasing Milburn Creek’s colt from Sexy Eyes for $1.25 million and the Hong Kong Jockey Club bought the Emirates Park bred colt from One more Honey for $1million.
Our first season sires Trapeze Artist and Written By both made their mark and proved popular.
Trapeze Artist had 14 yearlings average $269,285 with his best result a $500,000 filly from Mezulla that was offered by Lime Country Thoroughbreds and bought by De Burgh Equine / William Johnson Bloodstock (FBAA) / Glen Hill Farm.
Written By only had one colt and one filly in the sale and both found homes with Widden Stud’s filly from Atmospherical going to Boomer Bloodstock (FBAA) / Murray Thoroughbreds for $280,000, while Segenhoe Stud’s colt from Silver Frost was snapped up by Ryan and Alexiou Racing for $260,000.