A colt by Frankel that's a half brother to Golden Horn was sold for 3.1 million guineas on day two of the Book One Tattersalls sales in Newmarket on Wednesday.
Golden Horn half-brother by Frankel goes for 3.1m guineas
Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale continued to see incredibly strong trade this afternoon with a son of FRANKEL (Lot 288) purchased for £3.26 million (3.1 million guineas) by Anthony Stroud, acting on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed.
The strapping one-year-old, consigned by Norelands Stud in Ireland, is a half-brother to Investec Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Golden Horn. The colt is the second highest priced yearling colt to be sold anywhere in the world this year, behind a Dubawi colt purchased by Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin yesterday for £3.78 million at Tattersalls.
The bidding developed into another intriguing head to head between Coolmore Stud and Godolphin. Others who were involved in the early exchanges dropped away, including top US trainer Chad Brown, agent Alastair Donald and Juddmonte.
It was another superb result for Harry McCalmont’s Norelands Stud, having sold Lot 208 to MV Magnier from Coolmore Stud for £1.37 million earlier today.
"I am not often lost for words, but I think I am now," smiled Harry McCalmont.
"This is easily the best price we have had in the sales ring, the second-best we achieved this morning!
"I have to thank my team – they have done a fabulous job, this colt walked around like a king today. There has been a lot of interest in him, there were some serious people who liked him, however you never know what is going to happen until you get to the ring."
McCalmont bought the mare Fleche D'Or here in December 2012 for 62,000gns after she had foaled the subsequent champion three-year-old colt Golden Horn.
"I like buying mares from such successful breeders as Anthony Oppenheimer," said McCalmont.
"You know the mares in the pedigree will always get the best covers and go to the best trainers."
The 13-year-old Fleche D'Or, a daughter to Dubai Destination, had a Frankel filly foal this spring, who will be retained, and she is in-foal to Sea The Stars.