Strapping son of Shamardal Lights up the sale ring

The undefeated dual G1-winning Champion Two-Year-Old, Earthlight (Shamardal) is garnering enormous support in the sale ring as his first yearlings debut in the Australian market.

The son of Shamardal, renowned for his blistering speed and G1 precocity on the racetrack, Earthlight embodies all the qualities sought after by the Australian market. His performance in the yearling sales thus far illustrates his widespread appeal among buyers.


At the recent Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale, Earthlight provided the highest-priced yearling among first-season sires.

Lot 35 (x Chantski by War Front) sold by Yarradale Stud to Ryan Hill Racing fetched an impressive $200,000, surpassing Earthlight’s introductory 2021 service fee of $22,000 (inc GST) by more than nine times.

Impressively, Earthlight's first-crop progeny averaged $128,333; this placed Earthlight at the top of all first-season sires, and in third position among all sires by average (three or more sold), trailing only the highly regarded Western Australian sire Playing God and Deep Field.


At the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale in February, Earthlight also sired three yearlings offered for auction achieving an average of more than four times his service fee.

This sale was headlined by Lot 157 (x Cassadee by Redoute's Choice), a bay filly who sold for $150,000 to Payne Racing, out of the HP Thoroughbreds' draft.

At the recently concluded Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, buyers once again demonstrated their support for Earthlight’s progeny.

The dual G1 winner was well-represented in his home state, with 11 lots sold fetching an average price over four-times his service fee.

Among the highlights of Earthlight’s sale was Lot 87, a well-related filly out of the G2-placed Street Cry mare, Admiring, and half-sister to G1 winner Miss Admiration. Suman Hedge Bloodstock (FBAA) and Williams Racing secured the filly from the Springmount draft for a final bid of $220,000.


Earthlight’s popularity extends beyond the Australian market and into New Zealand.

At the New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Yearling Sale, his sole offering (Lot 500) was a bay filly our of the G3-placed Pierro mare, Under My Spell, sold by prominent breeders Cambridge Stud to Wexford Stables for NZ$100,000.