G1 winner Funstar to be sold through Inglis Digital
1st Jul 2021
Arguably the rarest online offering the world has ever seen will be showcased through Inglis Digital next month when superstar G1 winner Funstar is offered for sale.
A true gem of a race filly and mare over many seasons, Funstar (Adelaide) amassed over $1.1m in earnings from an 18-start career that saw her Timeform rating peak at an impressive 117, marking her down as one of the best 3YO fillies of the past decade in Australia.
Such was her versatility on the track, Funstar was unbeaten as a 2YO, was a G1 winner as a 3YO and finished a close second to multiple G1 winner Probabeel in the G1 Epsom Handicap as a 4YO.
Her peak performance came in the spring of 2019 when winning the G1 Flight Stakes – a race won previously by the likes of Sunline, More Joyous, Triscay, Research, Bounding Away, Global Glamour, Guelph, Norzita, Samantha Miss, Ha Ha etc - by over 3 lengths.
She produced the fastest last 400m sectional of the day when winning the Flight Stakes on a program that included the likes of Classique Legend, Verry Elleegant, Brutal, Osborne Bulls, Kolding, Te Akau Shark, Unforgotten Greysful Glamour etc.
Funstar also finished a close-up 0.6L fourth to Verry Elleegant, Colette and Avilius in the G1 Chipping Norton Stakes as an autumn 4YO earlier this year.
During her career she defeated 14 individual G1 winners including the likes of Probabeel, Kolding, Alizee, Colette, Nettoyer, Lyre, Flit, Kiamichi, Danzdanzdance etc.
Funstar is from one of Australia’s best young families and will be offered as a racing and breeding prospect on the eve of the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
An Easter Yearling Sale graduate herself, Funstar is a half sister to G1 winner Youngstar and a three-quarter sister to the dam of triple G1 winner Tofane.
She is a granddaughter of the great Galileo – broodmare sire of 34 individual G1 winners – and is out of a mare by Danehill, the maternal grandsire of 35 individual G1 winners.
Throughout her career Funstar’s trainer Chris Waller described her as “the real deal’’ and a filly he “hasn’t been this excited about a horse since Winx’’ while her regular champion jockey James McDonald said she was “a weapon, a super filly, a brute of a thing.’’
Funstar will be offered in the Inglis Digital July (Early) Online Sale on behalf of her owners, including respected bloodstock agent Olly Koolman, who identified and purchased her as a yearling.
“Any form analyst will tell you she was performing to an extremely high level throughout her career, she took on the best and beat the best,’’ Koolman said.
“She’s one of those rare fillies that was undefeated at two – she was so precocious early on – but then trained on to be a magnificent older horse at three and four.
“She had speed and stamina and possesses all the right attributes to suggest she will make an outstanding broodmare.’’
Inglis Digital’s Business Manager Nick Melmeth added: “This is an extraordinary privilege to be given the opportunity to offer a mare such as Funstar for public sale.
“The family has developed incredibly in the past three years and it’s exciting to think where it’s going to get to over the next 10 years with the opportunities that are now being afforded around the world.
“Mares like her simply don’t come onto the open market very often, she is a truly rare commodity that every major breeder around the world should be taking notice of.’’
For more information on Funstar, please contact a member of the Inglis Bloodstock Team or Olly Koolman (+61 416 111 111).
Entries for the Inglis Digital July (Early) Online Auction are now open and will close at midnight on July 7.
The platform has risen to new heights in recent times – following another successful sale last night which grossed $5.6m, there have now been 41 consecutive auctions on the Inglis Digital platform to gross $1m or more and nine consecutive that have grossed $2m or more.
To enter, CLICK HERE.