Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin beat off Coolmore to secure the most expensive yearling colt sold anywhere in the world this year, as the Tattersalls October Book 1 Yearling Sale got off to an electric start.
Lot 148, the son of Dubawi out of the mare Alina was knocked down to Anthony Stroud on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed for 3.6million guineas (£3.78million).
A packed sales ring in Newmarket greeted the half-brother to St James’s Palace Stakes winner Barney Roy, consigned by Hazelwood Bloodstock.
“He is a really athletic horse, a really good mover,” Stroud told Tattersalls after placing his winning bid against MV Magnier from Coolmore Stud.
“Sheikh Mohammed picked him out. He was his favourite of today. Of course, we stand the sire Dubawi, and the colt is out of a Galileo mare.
“Night Of Thunder is turning into a useful stallion and we also now have Too Darn Hot – the sire lines are very important. It all traces back to Dubai Millennium, who was so important to Sheikh Mohammed.
“He cost more than we thought, but you need to go so far to get this sort of horse.”
Adrian O’Brien of Hazelwood Bloodstock said: “He is a beautiful horse and never missed a beat. It is an unbelievable figure to sell for and I am over the moon. I am so grateful to my clients for this quality of stock.”
Referencing the fact that the two biggest powerhouses in horse racing, Godolphin and Coolmore, went head to head over his colt, O’Brien added: “It is ideal, what you dream of, and what you hope for.
“We knew we had an awful lot of interest in him, everyone who saw him liked him.”