Sunlight’s brother, Classic relationship both sell for millions

Coolmore are banking on the family of champion sprinter Sunlight delivering again after forking out a sale topping $3m for the brother of the three-time Group 1 winner at the Inglis Easter Sale on Wednesday.

Tom Magnier prevailed in a sustained bidding battle to secure the highly-promising son of Zoustar out of the gun broodmare Solar Charged, late on a busy day at the Inglis Riverside Complex.

The multi-million dollar price tag was the third highest ever for a yearling in Australia.

The coveted yearling, Lot 434 for the two-day sale, had been prepared by Widden Stud and is a full relation to Sunlight as well as the Group 3 winner Sisstar and Listed placegetter Dio.

Sunlight was a Group 1 winner in the Coolmore Stud Stakes, Newmarket Handicap and William Reid Stakes during her illustrious career before being retired to the breeding barn in 2020.

She fetched a Magic Millions sales record $4.2m at the National Sale on the Gold Coast after her retirement.

Meanwhile, a stunning $2m bid was enough for Mitchell Bloodstock to take home the sought after half-sister to 2020 The Everest hero Classic Legend on the second day of the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

The daughter of I Am Invincible out of Pinnochio, the mother of Les Bridge’s super sprinter, was the subject of a hot bidding war at the Riverside complex on Wednesday.

The half-sister to Classic Legend, a filly by I Am Invincible. Picture: Inglis

Mitchell Bloodstock, with the help of the Yellow Brick Road Company, were able to snare the gray filly from Tyreel Stud.

The multi-million dollar figure briefly made the filly the top lot of the sale and was a massive $1.05m more than the next highest filly sold at the time.

That was until Hawkes Racing won the race to secure the second foal of former Group 1 winning mare Silent Sedition, a filly by Snitzel for a whopping $2.2m from Arrowfield Stud late in the day.

Coolmore had earlier splashed the cash for his fourth of five million-dollar colts at the sale by hitting a new peak of $2.25m when snapping up a superb Snitzel colt out of the Group 1 winning mare Response from Arrowfield.

The colt is from the same family as Golden Slipper winner Estijaab and was the second Snitzel colt Coolmore had purchased at the sale after paying $1.4m for a bay colt 24 hours earlier.

The $1.5 colt to top the sale on day one was also by I Am Invincible.  Photo: Inglis

The $1.5 colt to top the sale on day one was also by I Am Invincible. Picture: Inglis

Ciaron Maher had the honor of securing the top lot on day one taking home the $1.5m son of I Am Invincible out of Egyptian Symbol.

Six million-dollar colts were sold on day one of the Easter Sale with Hawkes Racing adding a second to their tally early on day two.

The family team of John, Wayne and Michael Hawkes forked out $1m to Kia Ora Stud for a son of Justify out of Maastricht.

The colt is a half-brother to Group 1 winning sprinter Loving Gaby and is the first $1m colt by Justify sold in the Southern Hemisphere.

“He was a belter,” Wayne Hawkes told Inglis.

“I remember Loving Gaby being here and everyone was saying, she was a beautiful staying filly but didn’t we all get that one wrong.

“We live and learn but we trained her mum (Maastricht) and she ran second in so many races for Alan Bell. We knew she had the quality.

“There is no doubt he is the best Justify of the year.”

The first son of Zoustar to go for a $1m at the sale fell to Hong Kong Jockey Club via Emirates Park.

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