Widden Stud's exciting young sire Zoustar always looked to have a strong hand in the Group I VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday with three top chances and they delivered the dream result with a sensational win for Sunlight, the lone filly in the field over Zousain and Lean Mean Machine. 


Winner of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, the Tony McEvoy trained filly was dominant over the colts last season so it wasn't the hardest choice for him to allow Sunlight to take her chance against the colts in this elite sprint worth $1million.



Sunlight - images Grant Courtney

Sunlight - images Grant Courtney

A touch slowly away in the Group I MVRC Manikato Stakes at her previous run when finishing an unlucky seventh, Sunlight bounced back to her brilliant best with regular rider Luke Currie back in the saddle and jumped fast to track the leader Written By as they motored up the straight.

She was strong to the line, seeing off Written By and then holding off challenges from Zousain and Lean Mean Machine to win by half a neck taking her record to eight wins from 12 starts with prizemoney topping $3million.

"She had no favours last start when stepped away slowly and was in an awkward place, but today she flew out," said Luke Currie.

"She was on the buckle all the way and spent no petrol so was strong to the line."

The lone filly in the field !

The lone filly in the field !

A $300,000 Magic Millions purchase for Aquis/McEvoy Mitchell Racing/Blue Sky Bstock from the Widden Stud draft, Sunlight was bred in partnership by Widden Stud, whose Katie Thompson also shares in her ownership. 

Widden Stud had the dream result having a Group I trifecta for the sire they stand and also sharing in the ownership of runner-up Zousain, who will eventually retire to stand at Widden.

Aquis Farm also shared in the joy being part-owners of Sunlight and also third place-getter Lean Mean Machine.

"Wow, what can I say!" said Tony McEvoy.

"It was a big call to take on the colts, but I always had faith in her. She's a courageous superstar. She was better than the colts as a two year-old and they get the nice 2kg pull off them in the weights."

Sunlight is a half-sister to Group III placed Sheikha and is the third winner from former speedy filly Solar Charged, winner of the Group III ATC Kindergarten Stakes at her second start.

Solar Charged has a two year-old full sister to Sunlight who was knocked down to McEvoy Mitchell Racing/David Redvers Bloodstock for $600,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and is named Sisstar. She has trialled impressively and is set to make her debut in the Group III VRC Bumble Stakes at Flemington next Tuesday.

Solar Charged has a yearling Sebring colt and has foaled this spring producing a full brother to Sunlight pictured below at Widden Stud. 


Sunlight is the first Group I winner for Zoustar, whose sire Northern Meteor won the Group I VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes in 2013 and his sire Encosta de Lago won the race in its previous incarnation when it was the Group II VRC Ascot Vale Stakes.

The race was a total triumph for Zoustar, who also covered the dam of fourth placed colt Written By this spring!

The reigning Champion First Season Sire, Zoustar stands at a fee of $60,500 and that is looking like an absolute bargain with the benefit of hindsight.

  • Anacheeva +

     Anacheeva Champion 3 y old Australian Miler 2010-2011 Winning: GR 1 MRC CAULFIELD GUINEAS, GR 3 MRC CAULFIELD GUINEAS PRELUDE, Read More
  • Animal Kingdom +

    Animal Kingdom (USA)    The World's Horse - Animal Kingdom is truly a “horse of the world”, bringing the genetic strength Read More
  • Bel Esprit +

     Bel Esprit Has already achieved a place in the history books as the sire of the magnificent World Champion, Black Read More
  • Better Than Ready +

    Better Than Ready   A striking athletic almost black stallion with exceptional ability- 16 starts, 8 wins, 4 stakes wins, Group 1 Read More
  • Capitalist +

    CAPITALIST   GOLDEN SLIPPER-WINNING CHAMPION 2YO . A stunning son of hot sire Written Tycoon.    Stallion Name: Capitalist Phone +61 (0)2 Read More
  • Dissident +

    Dissident AUSTRALIA’S BEST RACEHORSE OF THE YEAR 2015. A stunning son of hot sire Sebring.    Stallion Name: Dissident Phone +61 Read More
  • Drumbeats +

    Drumbeats  1st STC Shannon Stakes (G2), AJC Bill Ritchie Hcp (G3) VRC Hilton International Stakes (L). His oldest progeny will Read More
  • Dundeel (NZ) +

    Dundeel (NZ)     Dundeel retires to as a six-time Group 1 winner with over $5.3million in prizemoney. Few horses Read More
  • Extreme Choice +

    EXTREME CHOICE   BLUE DIAMOND WINNING 2YO . A stunning son of hot sire Not A Single Doubt.    Stallion Name: Extreme Read More
  • Flying Artie +

    FLYING ARTIE    EXCEPTIONAL JUVENILE, WORLD CHAMPION 3YO SPRINTER An Exceptional Juvenile - won the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude defeating Star Read More
  • Hidden Dragon +

    Hidden Dragon    Already the sire of 93 winners – including the stakes winners Hidden Jewel, Miss Imagica and Hollowlea and Read More
  • Kiss And Make Up +

    Kiss And Make Up      Kiss And Make Up was, without doubt, a talented two-year-old and put weight to Read More
  • Love Conquers All +

    Love Conquers All     A tough, classy and consistent sprinter/miler, LOVE CONQUERS ALL captured five stakes events, three of them Read More
  • Moshe +

    Moshe    MOSHE is a brilliantly speedy brother to the legendary Black Caviar, and from a remarkable speed family.    Read More
  • Nicconi +

    Nicconi   Dual Gr 1 winner of the Lightning Stakes (Flemington) & The Galaxy (Randwick) and Co-Champion Australian 3yo Sprinter and Read More
  • Not A Single Doubt +

    Not A Single Doubt Not A Single Doubt about Miracles of Life. Not A Single Doubt’s brilliant daughter Miracles of Life Read More
  • Pariah +

    PARIAH    One of the highest rated two-year-olds of his generation, returning with Group brilliance over 1100m, the beautiful son Read More
  • Real Saga +

    Real Saga Already the sire of a Magic Millions winner in his first crop! Rarely do breeders get access to a Read More
  • Redoute's Choice +

    Redoute's Choice  The World's Best Sire Son of Danehill - Champion sire Redoute’s Choice is unquestionably the world's best sire son Read More
  • Reward For Effort +

    Reward For Effort  Won the Group 1 Blue Diamond as a 2YO - Undefeated Weight-For-Age 3YO, Group Winner as a 4YO.  Competed Read More
  • Rothesay +

    Rothesay  The boom galloper who has it all. Rothesay, a son of Fastnet Rock and out of a Woodman daughter Read More
  • Russian Revolution +

    RUSSIAN REVOLUTION    SNITZEL’S FASTEST SON AT STUD   "He's absolutely one of the quickest horses we have ever trained." Read More
  • Scissor Kick +

    SCISSOR KICK    A rockstar son of Champion Redoute's Choice from one of the best families in the world, the Read More
  • Sebring +

    Sebring  Golden Slipper Gr1 winning, Champion 2YO of Australasia. By Dual Champion 2YO Sire More Than Ready from a daughter of Read More
  • Show A Heart +

    Show A Heart Champion stallion. Outstanding future. Australia’s Champion First Season Sire of 2005/2006! Australia’s Champion Second Season Sire of 2006/2007! Read More
  • Snitzel +

    Snitzel  A Major Sire in the Making - Snitzel's 2013/14 season has taken off impressively, with talented son Malavio breaking through Read More
  • Star Witness +

     Star Witness    Multiple Gr 1 performer internationally; 2nd King’s Stand Gr 1, 3rd Golden Jubilee Gr 1   Stallion Read More
  • Tosen Stardom +

    Tosen Stardom    The only Australian dual G1 winning son of the best stallion in the world, Deep ImpactPhenomenal opportunity Read More
  • Winning Rupert +

    WINNING RUPERT       Stallion Name: Winning Rupert Phone +61 (0)2 6543 8395   ARSN No    Mobile +61 Read More
  • Written Tycoon +

    Written Tycoon    With limited runners Written Tycoon has one of the highest winners to runners and stakes performers to Read More
  • Zoustar +

    Zoustar     In a brief 8 start career to date Zoustar has won 6 of 8 races with feature Read More
  • 1
  • Default
  • Title
  • Date
  • Random

About Our Company

Sire Custodians Ltd is the leading provider of syndicate management and consultancy services to the Australian thoroughbred industry.Sire Custodians Ltd maintains a comprehensive library of precedent documentation for the entire range of bloodstock transactions and is in a position to provide prompt, cost effective expert advice on all ownership and syndicate issues.

AFS Licence No. 223671

 

Contact Us

SIRE CUSTODIANS LTD
Suite 203, Level 2
66 Berry Street
North Sydney NSW 2060
AUSTRALIA

POSTAL ADDRESS
PO Box 299
North Sydney NSW 2059

Phone: +61 (0)2 - 9235 2500
Fax:    +61 (0)2 - 9235 1511
E: advisory@sirecustodians.com.au