The Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Just the Judge became the highest priced filly in British auction history when selling to Sheikh Fahad and the China Horse Club for 4,500,000 guineas. The second day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale saw a total of 173 lots sell for 29,188,595 guineas, at an average of 168,720 guineas and a median of 70,000 guineas.
Just the Judge, winner of the Group 1 Irish 1,000 Guineas in 2013 and the Grade 1 EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine in October was the first Classic winning filly to be offered at Tattersalls in the last two decades. The daughter of Lawman out of the Rainbow Quest mare Faraday Light was bought by Sheikh Fahad for 4.5m, buying out the Sangster family, his previous partner and gaining a new one – The China Horse Club.
A packed sale ring saw an opening bid of 500,000 guineas by Mary Hambro before Sheikh Fahad, standing in a prominent position near the sale ring and Hugo Lascelles took up the running before James Delahooke, standing with Barry Weisbord on the telephone joined the fray. Sheikh Fahad and Delahooke/Weisbord went head to head, but Sheikh Fahad was not to be denied and after firing back his bids, sealed the deal at 4.5 million guineas.
The crowd gathered around him post-sale included Michael Wallace and Teo Ah Khing of the China Horse Club. David Redvers explained.
“This is a new, one-off tie-up with The China Horse Club,” he said.
“This has allowed us to race another year with her and keep her – as she was our first Classic winner, we were not going to give her up easily. This fits the Club's aims too.
“She will come back to Tweenhills for holiday and then go back to trainer Charlie Hills. She is healthy and well and running as well as ever – she won the EP Taylor only a month ago!
“We will campaign in the best races, get the best possible opportunities, and then she will retire to Tweenhills and visit the best stallions in the world.
“If anyone wanted a template for a racehorse, they just need to look at her – she is athletic and beautiful and has a fantastic temperament.”
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