McEvoy takes shine to Zoustar filly Trainer Tony McEvoy, who bought a filly by Zoustar earlier in the session, believes the similarities between his brilliant filly Sunlight and his latest acquisition by the Widden Stud-based sire is almost uncanny.
Such is his belief in the physique and conformation of the filly he says she is likely to be up and running in the early juvenile races later this year.
“What a powerful, fast filly,” McEvoy said about his eighth purchase of the week.
“It is a cliche but Sunlight looked like that. All she wanted to do was run, she is full of fast-twitch fibre and she is going to be a ‘sit and steer’.
“She is a two-year-old, absolutely, and you’ll see her in October. She is a star of the future.”
McEvoy also made comparisons with another stablemate, this season’s BRC B J McLachlan Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) winner Sun City (Zoustar).
“They are not big horses but they are all power and just when she walked, it was all movement, she was like a machine with how everything fitted in,” he said.
“She is also off a beautiful farm in Mill Park, not many people do it better than them, and she is a beauty.”
The underbidder, Yulong Investments, are likely to buy back into the filly, who was the only daughter of Zoustar catalogued at the sale.
Catalogued as Lot 399, the filly is the second foal out of five-time winning mare Ravenous Lass (Stratum), who in turn is a half-sister to the juvenile winner and Group 2 winner San Nicasio (Hard Spun).
Mill Park’s Chris Watson was rewarded in the sales ring after electing to target the Premier Sale with the Zoustar filly rather than send her to sales earlier in the year.
“She is an early, forward style of filly but we thought we would place her in a sale where she would be a real standout,” Watson told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“We hoped it would work out that way and it has.”
Later on in the afternoon, Mill Park Stud also sold an I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) colt for $310,000 to Hong Kong agent Willie Leung of Magus Equine. The colt was Offered as Lot 411.
At the end of the Book 1 Premier Sale, Mill Park Stud sold nine lots for $1,372,000 at an average of $152,444.
Watson reiterated the view shared by many vendors this week in that high-quality yearlings were being well found by buyers and selling for above expectations.
“We couldn’t be happier. The nice horses are well sought after and if you have got them here in 100 per cent fashion they have been really well received.”
Lot 61: Toronado x Bahamas colt, $180,000 - Hermitage Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
Lot 98: Shooting To Win x Carolina Bella colt, $70,000 - T Ireland
Lot 157: So You Think x Eagles Destiny colt, $155,000 - RM Racing
Lot 182: Foxwedge x Family Portrait filly, Passed In
Lot 245: Dissident x Khandallah colt, $110,000 - LM & PJ Macdonald
Lot 263: All Too Hard x Lassie Mactavish filly, $45,000 - Chris Bieg Racing
Lot 348: Starspangledbanner x Noondie colt, $80,000 - J Yeaman
Lot 399: Zoustar x Ravenous Lass filly, $380,000 - McEvoy Mitchell Racing
Lot 411: I Am Invincible x Resonates colt, $310,000 - R Ngai
Lot 495: Free Eagle x Third Day colt, $42,000 - DJI Bloodstock