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Marsha Sells For Record 6 million Guineas

The European record for a thoroughbred at auction was broken on the second day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale when the dual G1 winner Marsha sold for 6 million guineas to the bid of MV Magnier.

Marsha Sells For Record 6 million Guineas

The European record for a thoroughbred at auction was broken on the second day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale when the dual G1 winner Marsha sold for 6 million guineas to the bid of MV Magnier.

It was a remarkable day with 10 lots breaking the million guineas barrier and the European turnover record for a day at auction also broken.

The record-breaking session also included the final fillies and mares from the historic Ballymacoll Dispersal.


The turnover during the remarkable session reached 45,665,000 guineas for the 175 lots sold, which broke the previous turnover record for any day at a European thoroughbred auction set at this sale in 2007.

The average for the day was 260,943 guineas whilst the median was 85,000 guineas. Turnover for the sale passed 60 million guineas.

Tatts December Mares Sale 2017 - Auctioneering a record-breaking filly

Marsha has been one of the leading sprinters of recent years, winning the G1 Nunthorpe Stakes and G1 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp for her owners Elite Racing and trainer Sir Mark Prescott.

The four-year-old by Acclamation out of the winning Marju mare Marlinka was bred by her owners Elite Racing and hails from the family of their champion older mare Soviet Song.

Buyers from Japan, Qatar, South Africa and the US all made bids to secure her, but it was Coolmore’s MV Magnier and John Gosden, bidding on behalf of Godolphin, who settled made the final bids.

"She really is something special," said Magnier. "She is the best sprinter of the year and she will go to Galileo."

Tatts December Mares Sale 2017 - Dan Downie reaction

The sale is the highest that any thoroughbred has ever achieved in an auction ring in Europe and at prevailing exchange rates represented $8.5m.

Other highlights on the day included:

- Fastnet Rock’s G1 Man O’War Stakes winner Zhukova sold for 3.7 million guineas to the bid of Anthony Stroud.

- G1 winning sprinter Quiet Reflection (Showcasing) was knocked down to Blandford Bloodstock’s Tom Goff for 2.1 million guineas on behalf of MV Magnier.

- Wekeela, the dual G3 winning daughter of Hurricane Run, realised 1.8 million guineas when selling to David Redvers on behalf of Sheikh Fahad’s Qatar Racing.

- Outstanding two-year-old filly Different League (Dabirsim) sold to the buying combination of Peter Brandt’s White Birch Farm and MV Magnier for 1.5 million guineas.

The final chapter of the historic Ballymacoll Stud, whose progeny have graced the racecourses of the world and won more than 30 G1 races over the last half a century, came to a close with three lots selling for a million guineas or more.

They were headlined by the Galileo mare Justlookdonttouch who was knocked down to White Birch Farm for 1.2 million.

Her daughters Aim Of Artemis and Abingdon realised 1 million guineas and 1.050 million guineas respectively.

The Ballymacoll Stud lots realised 7,267,000 guineas for the 21 lots sold taking the full dispersal total to 11,527,500 guineas for the 45 lots offered.





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