A sensational record-breaking three days of business at Newmarket bloodstock auctioneers Tattersalls saw more than 70 million guineas change hands for 339 yearling thoroughbreds.
The highlight was an auction world record five million guineas, paid for Lot 253 – a yearling filly by all-conquering stallion Galileo and a sister to an Oaks winner.
The bidding opened at 500,000 guineas and went to 2,000,000 guineas before Coolmore’s John Magnier and Nicholas de Watrigant, bidding for Qatari Sheikh Joaan’s, Al Shaqab Racing, owner of Arc winner Treve, took up the running with the latter coming out on top.
“She is a magnificent specimen,” said de Watrigant. “We bought her sister last year and we think she could be special, we didn’t want to miss this one.
“We didn’t expect to pay that sort of price, but Al Shaqab Racing is keen to invest. She goes into training with Andre Fabre. Let’s hope she is the next Treve.”
The sale represented the highest price in European auction history, beating the 4.6m guineas that Magical Romance realised at the 2006 Tattersalls December Mare Sale.
Twenty-four hours earlier a Galileo colt had briefly held the record for a yearling sold in Europe when he was sold for 3.6 million guineas to MV Magnier, son of John Magnier, bidding for the Coolmore consortium.
“To have broken the European record price for a yearling twice in two days, and to have established a new world record for a yearling filly, is a measure of the outstanding quality of the yearlings assembled for this sale,” said Tattersalls’ chairman, Edmond Mahony.
“We have welcomed buyers from the established markets of Australia, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Japan, North America, South Africa, Turkey and the UAE. We have also been encouraged by the level of participation from emerging markets. Chinese and Russian interests have made a significant contribution to the success of the sale and the considerable Qatari influence has been remarkable.
“It is wonderful to see relatively new participants embracing the sport with such enthusiasm. It has been a pleasure to see them, and so many of the world’s leading racehorse owners, here at Tattersalls throughout the sale.”