The world’s most expensive yearling filly

253For the third time this week I’m led to wonder about the amount of money there is in some quarters of racing. Inevitably, the annual sales always see plenty of money sloshing about. As we saw yesterday, this year’s Newmarket Tattersalls October Yearling sales saw a European record fee paid out by Coolmore.

That record sum of 3.6 million guineas lasted barely 24 hours, as yesterday saw a world record sum paid out in the auction ring for a yearling filly. The same two organisations were in competition again, but this time it was Sheikh Joaan Al Thani and Qatar Racing who were writing out the cheque. They shelled out an eye watering 5 million guineas on lot 253, a filly by Galileo out of Alluring Park.

That’s the coupling that produced last year’s Oaks heroine Was. Clearly, Sheikh Joaan hopes this youngster can do something similar with the same genes inside her. We’ll find out in a couple of year’s time.

Qatar Racing chief buyer Nicholas de Warrigant was the man whose hand kept going up in the sale ring. Afterwards he sounded quite in awe of what he had done, saying, “How can you quantify that beauty and that quality? We bought her sister here last year and we think she’s special. We didn’t expect to have to go this far today, but she has everything and we didn’t want to miss her. She’ll go into training with Andre Fabre – hopefully she’s another Treve.”

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    Jim Cannon says:

    The economics of racing have always been the same – vast amounts available if you can get a stallion of quality and charge a fortune for a cover fee. Hence the great spread of Coolmore with their shuttle stallions off to Australia and because they have several top stallions, they spread their risk.

    However, a mare can only produce 1 foal a year and can only win a relatively small amount of money so it is most unlikely she will win 5 million and you wonder why they have bought her at that price. Simple answer, they have the money and in this world it counts for everything.

    Don’t forget that in the early days of racing, the Aristocracy used to gamble huge amounts again because they could afford it.

    Makes me think Bill Gates must be a nice guy if he spends his money and time on trying to rid the world of malaria and similar diseases…..

    Good piece – thanks


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