Lot 94 bay filly Zoustar – Scintillula (Galileo) $800,000 (draft: Pencarrow Stud)
She is a high-class and quality filly, with a unique presence of athleticism and power, and from a European and international family of Group performers.
“We have 25 percent left in this smashing filly,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM. “The Boss of Coolmore Stud, John Magnier, one of our best clients from Hong Kong, and Te Akau Stud, has bought a majority and we have a quarter-share remaining.
“We thought she was the best filly in the sale. John Magnier wanted to support us at the Karaka Sale this year and asked if he could take a share in what we considered the best filly.
“The Magnier family have been impressed with the job we’ve done with Avantage, and her six Group Ones is the most by any horse by Fastnet Rock. She has won Group One races from 1200 metres through to 2000 metres, and Jamie (Richards) has trained her to perfection.
“The pedigree of this filly is outstanding and very hard to get hold of the class of family in this part of the world. It’s very seldom we see a filly with her pedigree at Karaka, and one as athletic as what she is.
“She has the page and physique to become a 1000 Guineas filly and train on to become an Oaks filly.
“We thought we may have to stretch to one-million to buy her and thought she was the type to be a sales topping filly. So, we were pretty happy to get her for the price we did.”