Lot 82 of Yulong's draft, the filly out of Gold and Diamonds, gets some very deserved love (Magic Millions)

Victorian powerhouse Yulong enjoyed a productive first day on the Gold Coast, headlined by the $900,000 sale of their Zoustar filly to Ciaron Maher Racing.

Lot 82, a stunning bay filly out of the Fastnet Rock mare Gold And Diamonds, was bred on Mr Yuesheng Zhang’s Nagambie farm and fetched the joint second highest price on the opening day of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

A half-sister to Stakes-placed filly Authentic Jewel (trained by Brad Widdup), the powerfully-built filly had proved popular during the inspections – not least due to her distinctive ‘love heart’ marking.

Ciaron Maher eventually prevailed after a bidding war and his Bloodstock Manager, Will Bourne, explained why Victoria’s leading stable was so keen to secure her.

“When she came out at the farm at Yulong, at first we thought she was a colt,” said Bourne.

“She’s a big, imposing type with a lot of presence. She’s like a bull much like Sunlight was, she used to tower over all the colts in the mounting yard and we can see this girl furnishing out in much the same way.

“She’s a real athlete, we were hoping to get her a bit cheaper but sometimes you have to go a bit higher for the ones you want.”

Lot 82, the filly out of Gold and Diamonds, was knocked down to Ciaron Maher for $900,000 (Magic Millions).

Yulong’s Chief Operating Officer, Sam Fairgray, was delighted with the sale, saying: “She has always been a lovely filly and she kept on improving physically as we matured, so we were pretty confident that she would sell well.

“She’s a great type with good size and substance and she’s from a very well-regarded and desirable family, so it’s great that she’s gone to Ciaron and David who will give her every possible chance of success on the track.”

Reigning Australian Sires Premiership winner Written Tycoon is the headline act of Yulong’s stallion roster, and his progeny proved popular as always with Lot 71 – a bay colt out of Stakes-winning mare Karavali – bought by Boniface Ho (under his Legend Racing banner) for $575,000.

Yulong’s foundation stallion Grunt produced a brown filly (Lot 97) out of Gypsy Tucker which was snapped up by Grahame Begg Racing for $250,000, and Fairgray is confident his progeny will only increase in popularity in time.

“That was a fantastic result for Grunt,” he said.

“He was very well received during his first year, and to get $250,000 for his first yearling was really pleasing for us. The filly is a great mover and she was popular at the inspections, so it was no great surprise that she was sold for a good price.”

Lindsay Park Racing paid $200,000 for another of Yulong’s draft, a Lope De Vega colt (Lot 99) who was the first foal produced by Stakes-winning mare, Happy Odyssey.

Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Danny O’Brien paid $120,000 for another Yulong yearling (Lot 30), an Exceed and Excel colt out of Faith’s Encore; whilst their Lonhro colt (Lot 95) was purchased by the Racing Club No. 4 syndicate for $150,000.