World record as Galileo filly sells for 5 million guineas

10 Oct 2013 Comments 0


Lot 253 in the ring



A new European record was set at Tattersalls October Book 1 when the half brother to Oaks runner up Secret Gesture(GB) was knocked down to John Magnier for 3.6 million guineas. In the packed auditorium, David Redvers stunned the assembled spectators when he opened the bidding on the Galileo(IRE) colt, out of the Danehill mare Shastye(IRE), with a bid of 1 million guineas. The outstanding colt was consigned by Andreas Jacobs’ Newsells Park Stud Ltd and both parties considered him a potential stallion prospect.


The record however stood for less than 24 hours, before another Galileo, the full sister to Group 1 Investec Oaks winner Was(IRE), was knocked down for 5 million guineas (roughly R78 million) to Mandore International for Al Shaqab Racing after another bidding war with Coolmore’s Magnier. Itwas a new world record for a filly. The sale also represents the highest price in European auction history, beating the 4.6m guineas that Magical Romance realised at the 2006 Tattersalls December Mare Sale.


Consigned by Lodge Park Stud, Ireland, the filly out of the Green Desert mare Alluring Park, from the family of new sire sensation New Approach(IRE) and Champion European Three Year Old Filly Dazzling Park(IRE) will go into training with Andre Fabre.


Ibrahim Araci opened the bidding at 500,000gns, with Charlie Gordon-Watson and John Magnier both involved to the 2 million guineas mark. At that point Gordon-Watson and Araci bowed out and Mandore stepped in. It was then a head to head through to the record price, with the Coolmore crew eventually gathering into a huddle for a final discussion.


"She is a magnificent specimen," said Nicholas de Watrigant. "We bought her sister last year and we think she could be special, we didn't want to miss this one - let's hope she is the next Treve!


We didn't expect to pay that sort of price, but Al Shaqab Racing is keen to invest. She goes into training with Monsieur Fabre."


When asked if maybe she does not need to race at all, Watrigant laughed: "Don't let Monsieur Fabre hear you say that!"



Lot 253 by Galileo(IRE) out of Alluring Park(IRE)



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