Magnier breaks record
A brother to Secret Gesture set a new European record for a yearling sold at auction as John Magnier paid 3.6million guineas at Tattersalls.
The colt, bred by Newsells Park Stud, attracted an opening bid of 1m guineas, but it was Magnier who emerged on top after first David Redvers, then owner Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, tried to secure the son of Galileo.
"He has the pedigree, he ticks all the right boxes, he is by Galileo out of a Danehill mare - let's hope he has an engine," said MV Magnier, the Coolmore supremo's son.
"Galileo, of course, speaks for himself, but you 'd never think you'd have to go that far."
River Dancer set the previous yearling record when he changed hands for 3.4m guineas at this sale in 2000.