When prominent trainer Tony McEvoy inspected a filly by Zoustar (Northern Meteor) from the Rosemont Stud draft at the sale, he immediately saw a replica of his Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m) winner Sunlight (Zoustar).
Early yesterday, McEvoy backed his judgment and went to $340,000 for the filly after outlasting underbidder Gai Waterhouse to add the filly to his growing stable.
Catalogued as Lot 130, the filly is the second foal out of winning General Nediym (Nediym) mare Special Favour, who won over 2200 metres in Perth.
The filly’s second dam is the three-time Group Two winner and Group One-placed My Tusker (Volksraad), while she is also from the same family as champion mare Horlicks (Three Legs), herself the mother of Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) winner Brew (Sir Tristram).
McEvoy bought the Zoustar filly without a client in mind but hopes the deeds of Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) bound Sunlight will have new owners jumping on board.
“She looked a really intelligent filly with great purpose, balance and a great walk. I tell you, when Rick (Connolly) and I both looked at her, Sunlight jumped out at us and this filly is not dissimilar,” McEvoy told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“She has the same depth of muscle and the same fast twitch about her. She looked the filly of the sale, so we are very pleased to be able to buy her.”
Although McEvoy has made comparisons with his speed filly Sunlight, the yearling’s pedigree gives him confidence she could develop into a three-year-old capable of getting over more distance.
“There is no doubt at all that this filly will get a mile, but if you close your book (and not look at her pedigree), she looks fast and will be here for the $2,000,000 Millenium race next year,” he said.
The dual-state trainer said the traditional Inglis Classic Yearling Sale had changed, with the quality of horses and prices demanded in the ring a marked increase on previous years.
“The Classic Sale has changed and it is not the sale of old and I also had to beat off Gai Waterhouse and that is hard to do,” he said.
“Gai is an amazing judge of young horses to go to the big races in their two-year-old days and she chased me hard, so that confirms to me that my eye is in.”
Rosemont Stud proprietor Anthony Mithen told ANZ Bloodstock News the filly continued a good result for the operation after buying the mare in foal to Shamus Award (Snitzel) for $30,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale.
Purchased in conjunction with Blue Sky Bloodstock from the Widden Stud draft, the Shamus Award colt made $115,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
“She was a beautiful filly and plenty of good judges were telling me she was one of the fillies of the sale and their eye is a bit better than mine,so I took that lead and put her on the market as you don’t need to worry about those horses,” Mithen said of the Zoustar filly.
“It was nice to present a quality filly at the right time and timing is everything in this game. Zoustar is doing such a great job now and I think he will go on with it too. I am heavily committed to him and it is nice to have that style of stallion in Victoria even if it is every second year.”
Zoustar, who has sired two individual juvenile winners including Sunlight, stands at Widden Stud in the Hunter Valley and Woodside Park Stud in Victoria on a year-to-year rotating basis.
Mithen, meanwhile, said Special Favour had a quality weanling colt by Rosemont Stud’s resident stallion Nostradamus (Medaglia d’Oro) and is in foal to Tarzino (Tavistock).
“We bought the mare in consultation with Julian Blaxland a few years ago when she was in foal to Shamus Award. She has been a really good result for us actually,” he said.
“If you could buy a (General Nediym) mare at every broodmare sale, you would try. They are like little pockets of gold. They give substance, athleticism and bone to their horses and she has done that a couple of times now, so she is a keeper.”
Zoustar averaged $174,500 from five lots sold at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.
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