A$1.4 Million Colt for Justify at Magic Millions
The worldwide demand for yearlings by rising star sire Justify continued in Australia this week when a yearling out of Australian champion Sunlight sold for A$1.4 million at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Purchased by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott Racing/Kestrel Thoroughbreds, the Coolmore Stud offered colt is the first foal out of three-time Group I winner Sunlight. A daughter of Group III winner Solar Charged, Sunlight is a full sister to Group III winner Sisstar and stakes placed Dio with the page also including multiple stakes winner Causeway Queen.
“He’s a very special colt, he’s beautifully balanced. He’s a lovely, neat sort of horse and I think he’s a real two-year-old type,” said Gai Waterhouse. “That’s why you come to Magic Millions. We come here to try and buy the horse that will be racing here next year and then hopefully go onto the Golden Slipper and then hopefully become a stallion in Australia. He’s a very handsome, very sexy horse.”
Waterhouse has been a big supporter of Justify in Australia with multiple 2-year-olds in the barn by the stallion. That includes the A$900,000 Just Glamourous, who is close to making her first start.
“I like him (Justify) hugely. Just Glamourous would have run and won last Saturday but couldn’t because she was first emergency and didn’t get a start. I’ve got a lot of time for Justify,” she added.
Another member of Justify’s second Australian crop was also highly sought after when the same connections went to A$460,000 to take that one home from the Coolmore Stud consignment.
He is the first foal out of the winning Fastnet Rock mare Pelican, a daughter of two-time New Zealand Horse of the Year Seachange. The family also includes Seachange’s Group I winning half-sister Keepa Cruisin.
Justify’s first North American crop lit the track on fire last year with his six stakes winners, four graded stakes winners, and seven graded stakes performers the best of all freshman sires in 2022.