Sunlight and strapper Sarah Rutten, who led the G1 winner for the final time on Monday (Image: Magic Millions)
Sarah Rutten was by Sunlight’s side for most of her brilliant racing career, so it was therefore appropriate she was next to her when she set a new Magic Millions record as the National Broodmare Sale began on the Gold Coast on Monday.
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Sunlight sets Magic Millions record
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The three-time Group 1 winner became the dearest horse ever sold through the Magic Millions Sale ring when knocked down to Coolmore for $4.2 million.
It eclipsed the $3.4m that Listen Here, the dam of Deep Field and Shooting To Win, fetched when sold in-foal at the 2016 National Broodmare Sale.
Sunlight sets Magic Millions record
The highest price ever paid for a mare straight off the track, as Sunlight was, having been retired after contesting this year’s The Goodwood in Adelaide, was the $3m paid for Princess Coup in 2009.
Rutten, who works for Sunlight’s trainers Tony and Calvin McEvoy, performed the role of handler as the four-year-old daughter of Zoustar was offered for sale and did not hide how sad she was to say goodbye to the mare, a $300,000 Magic Millions yearling graduate who won $6,575,950 on the racetrack.
“Everyone who knows me would know I would get emotional to have to say goodbye to her, but to know that she’s going on to do something that I can see her babies and that I can go visit her wherever she goes is amazing,” Rutten said.
“It’s a very sad day, because she’s not going to be in the stable anymore. For me and for Tony and Calvin and the whole team it’s a very sad day.”
Sunlight was not the only seven-figure lot of the opening day of the sale, which continues on Tuesday and Wednesday, with Invincibella going for $1.3m in the first 20 minutes of selling.
The former Chris Waller-trained mare, who won a G1 Tatt’s Tiara and was a three-time winner on the Magic Millions rich January race day, was also bought by Coolmore.
Both Sunlight and Invincibella will be served by American Triple Crown winner Justify, who stands at Coolmore.
– With Chris Nelson