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 Riverside Stables at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale with full brother to Sunlight selling for $3million. The sire then topped the Magic Millions Weanling Sale on the Gold Coast, an impeccably bred filly by Zoustar has topped the 2022 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale on the Gold Coast.
The filly, from the stakes winner Members Joy, was offered by Segenhoe Stud and purchased by Cloverfield Bloodstock for a record equalling price of $750,000.
$750,000 Zoustar half-sister to G2 winner Pure Elation.
Newhaven Park's John Kelly, who placed the successful bid, was delighted to secure the star attraction - a half sister to Group Two Percy Sykes Stakes winner Members Joy.
"She's a lovely filly," Kelly said of the sale topper. "She's out of a very good racemare who is a good broodmare and she's by a champion stallion - they cost what they cost!"
"She's a lovely mover. She's got a great head - basically just a very nice filly."
Kelly said the plan was to present the filly at the 2023 Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
"She'll go out in the paddock and run with the other fillies and hopefully grow and mature and turn into a beautiful yearling," he added.
The next two top sellers on the day werre youngsters by champion European based sire Frankel - both colts offered through the Coolmore Stud draft.
$560,000 Frankel colt from Champion NZ 3YO Filly Fix.
The colt from New Zealand group winner Fix sold to Bjorn Baker, Clarke Bloodstock and Cunningham Thoroughbreds for $560,000.
The fifth foal of his dam, a triple Group Two winner by Iffraaj, the colt hails from the family of Melbourne and Sydney Group One winner Foreteller.
Later in the afternoon the other Frankel youngster, the colt from Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Nechita, sold to Tony Bott's Evergreen Rich for $650,000.
$650,000 Frankel colt from G1 winning Fastnet Rock mare Nechita.
The colt is a three quarter brother to group winners Harpo Marx and Forbearance and is the sixth foal of Nechita, who was sold through the Gold Coast sale ring as both a yearling and broodmare prospect.
Across the two days of the sale over $22 million was traded on 247 lots sold at an average price of $89,720 and record median price of $55,000.
"Obviously momentum built on Thursday, but I thought today was a very strong day's trade," Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said. "Any lot of any quality sold well above most vendors' expectations. It was incredibly buoyant and the competitive nature in the market was fantastic to see."
"The market has confidence that quality horses do come to weanling sales and given that you’re getting the end user coming and playing a part in buying these horses to take home, look after them and get to the racetrack."
"That is an important part of the market and it’s good to see them coming and respecting the weanling sale. Obviously the pinhookers play a huge part but the end users on top of that is great."
"To end up with an average of about $90,000, which if you take last year's sale out of the equation that was something of a one off, is well above any average we’ve had here at a weanling sale, or anywhere in Australia, for that matter."
"Buyers are trading, they’re in the market looking to buy these quality horses to bring back to January and other sales and that’s great to see."
"There is a selective part of the market, we are passing in 20 per cent of the horses, which isn't the way we like to do things, but it gives me great confidence for next week that if you put quality in the ring there’s a lot of people there to buy them," Bowditch added.
To view the sale results or to make an offer on a passed in lot click here.
The attention now quickly switches to the National Broodmare Sale with a star studded catalogue assembled for three days of selling.
Day One, featuring racefillies and maiden mares, commences at 10am on Tuesday. To view the online catalogue click here.
(2021 in brackets)
Lots Catalogued: 402 (417)
Lots Sold: 247 (301)
Lots Withdrawn: 91 (77)
Lots Passed In: 64 (39)
Top Price: $750,000 ($1,000,000)
Average Price: $89,720 ($105,214)
Median Price: $55,000 ($52,000)
Sale Gross: $22,161,000 ($31,669.500)
Sold %: 79.4 (89)
DAY TWO TOP SELLERS
$750,000 - Zoustar-Members Joy filly (Lot 333)
Vendor: Segenhoe Stud (As Agent) / Buyer: Cloverfield B'stock (NSW)
$650,000 - Frankel-Nechita colt (Lot 356)
Coolmore Stud (As Agent) / Evergreen Rich (NSW)
$560,000 - Frankel-Fix colt (Lot 234)
Coolmore Stud (As Agent) / Bjorn Baker Racing/Clarke B'stock/Cunningham T'breds (NSW)
$500,000 - I Am Invincible-Faint Perfume colt (Lot 229)
Yarraman Park Stud (As Agent) / Peter Morgan (Vic)
$350,000 - Extreme Choice-Majestueux filly (Lot 322)
Taghadoe Stud (As Agent for DI Walker) / Kacy Fogden Racing (Qld)
(ranked by total spend)
$1,485,000 - Bahen B'stock - 6 lots
$924,000 - Trilogy Racing - 7 lots
$900,000 - Silverdale Farm/Shrone B'stock - 3 lots
$750,000 - Cloverfield B'stock - 1 lot
$650,000 - Evergreen Rich - 1 lot
(ranked by average - 2 or more sold)
$605,000 - Frankel - 2 sold
$255,625 - So You Think - 8 sold
$230,000 - Microphone - 2 sold
$220,000 - Extreme Choice - 3 sold
$220,000 - Toronado - 3 sold
(ranked by gross)
$2,070,000 - Coolmore Stud - 13 sold
$1,400,500 - Yarraman Park Stud - 9 sold
$1,248,500 - Segenhoe Stud - 7 sold
$1,135,000 - Vinery Stud - 7 sold
$1,115,000 - Newhaven Park - 5 sold
(ranked by average - 2 or more sold)
$240,000 - Telemon T'breds - 3 sold
$223,000 - Newhaven Park - 5 sold
$178,357 - Segenhoe Stud - 7 sold
$162,143 - Vinery Stud - 3 sold
$159,231 - Coolmore Stud - 13 sold