New Southern Hemisphere record set for a multi-million-dollar race filly

A three-time Group One-winning mare has set a new record at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast, selling for $4.2 million.

Bidding for Sunlight, offered by the NSW Hunter Valley’s Widden Stud, opened at $ 1 million and didn’t take long to surpass ‘Listen Here’s’ all-time Magic Millions record of $3.4 million.

The mare also soared over the $3.85 million Southern Hemisphere record for a race filly or mare sold at a public auction.

“She was heavily marketed all over the world,” Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said.

“We regarded her has the best mare we ever had the opportunity to offer.

Lot 92 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale horse, Unforgotten

Lot 92 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale horse, Unforgotten

COVID-19 restrictions saw Magic Millions offer online bidding for the first time, Unforgotten was purchased by a Chinese buyer for $2.75-million.(Supplied: Magic Millions)

‘Unbelievable’ mare will return to the Hunter

Sunlight, sired by Zoustar and out of Solar Charged, will now return to the Hunter Valley after being purchased by Coolmore Stud at Jerrys Plains, just half an hour from her former home at Widden Stud.

The mare and was among three seven-figure purchases for Tom Magnier’s Hunter Valley operation, and he said he was “very lucky” to have made the winning bid on Sunlight.

“She is a filly of a generation, and we are very lucky to have got her.

“There were a lot of good people involved in her, and there were a lot of people around the world who had their eyes on her, so to take her back to Coolmore in the Hunter Valley is exciting.”

Mr Bowditch said Hunter Valley studs were active as vendors and buyers on day one of the three-day sale.

“Coolmore were very significant in the market yesterday, and they stand some of the worlds best stallions in the Hunter Valley,” he said.

“Having the likes of Justify which Sunlight will visit, and American Pharaoh — two of the only triple-crown winners of all time, here in Australia.

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Sale results ‘unbelievable’ given COVID-19 conditions

More than $24 million will exchange hands after day one of the National Broodmare Sale, with the Magic Millions team thrilled with the 83 per cent clearance rate.

Of the 117 horses sold, the average price was $206,714, helped by more than four mares surpassing the $1 million mark.

“In these times, obviously the sale was put back two months to work with the restrictions provided and to achieve results like we did yesterday was quite phenomenal,” Mr Bowditch said.

For the first time, buyers could bid online, and Mr Bowditch said the online bidders added a lot more depth to the sale.

“So it just shows you wherever you are in the world if you’ve got a thirst for quality bloodstock it can still happen.”

The sale continues today with broodmares offered from 10am.