Sunlight farewelled by tearful companion
In these days where nearly every phone owner carries a camera, a professional photographer has shown all his skills to capture a rare gem of a picture.
Queensland photographer Michael McInally is regularly used by Ontrack to photograph our young horses and he was working at this week’s Magic Millions Sale when top racehorse Sunlight went through the broodmare sale and made $4.2 million.
Michael was aware that the mare’s regular strapper Sarah Rutten was looking on and he told Racenet’s Ben Dorries how his special pic came about.
"Sunlight came out early before she went into the ring and Sarah was full of emotion then, she might not have been crying but you could see that a couple of hours later when the horse was going to go through the ring she was going to be very upset,” McInally said.
“She has had such an incredible bond with that horse.
“I just knew I had to be here after the horse went through the ring.
“It was only two minutes after - Sarah walked back from the ring into the stall, Sunlight was in a barn right next door to the ring.
“I literally took a picture of Tom Magnier and then ran straight over to take a picture of Sarah.
“She just burst into tears and that’s when that picture was taken,” said Michael.
A regular member of the OnTrack content team, Michael documents the progress of our yearlings from sale day, to breaking, spelling and pre-training.
He is a regular visitor to our Queensland farms including Kilto Park, Waverley Park and Fenwick Farm at Canungra.
“Michael is a terrific photographer and nothing is ever a problem for him," said OnTrack CEO Gant Morgan.
“I’m still a big believer that a picture can tell a thousand words.
"Whilst many people have congregated to video content, I still prefer good still images to really display how a horse looks and is developing," said Morgan