The Tattersalls sales ring swelled to bursting point in anticipation of the arrival of a Dubawi colt out of Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber's wonderful broodmare Dar Re Mi.
Already a brother to the Group 3 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes winner So Mi Dar and the listed-winning filly Lah Ti Dar when the catalogue was published, the colt subsequently received substantial catalogue updates. One was via Lah Ti Dar who finished second in the Group 1 St Leger and the other was from his year older brother Too Darn Hot who won the G2 Champagne Stakes and is the current anti-post favorite for next year's 2,000 Guineas.
Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah made much of the early running along with Jamie McCalmont before Japanese trainer Mitsu Nakauchida and Shadwell Estates' Angus Gold took up the running. Finally David Redvers joined in to secure the colt for 3,500,000 guineas (US $4,854,387), the highest price for a yearling anywhere in the world this year and the second highest price for a yearling colt sold in Europe.
Following his purchase, David Redvers commented:
“This is the sort of horse that Sheikh Fahad and his brothers want to own – they want to participate at the highest level and have had a taste of it this year with Roaring Lion. He is out of an exceptional mare and by an exception stallion. It is very hard to put a value on a horse such as this – you can see lovely horses selling for good sums and they still are not the best.
“We are looking to make commercial stallions – let's hope that he goes out and lives up to all the potential that he has.”
He was bred and sold by Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber's Watership Down Stud, and Lady Lloyd Webber was in the sale ring to witness the sale.
“We are very lucky to have Dar Re Mi who is breeding horses who are out together with such perfection. This horse is very similar to Too Darn Hot, a little more mature if anything.
“The farm's policy is to sell the colts and keep the fillies – we were unable to sell Too Darn Hot last year, thank god in the end – so we kept to the plan. It has been a nerve-wracking six months, but Terry [Doherty, stud manager] has produced him brilliantly, he looked amazing.”
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