A son of Galileo topped a sensational week of trading for Coolmore’s leading stallion at Book One of the Tattersalls sales last night when the yearling was sold for 2.5 million guineas.
The colt, who has already been named Hydrogen, is a three parts brother to 2007 Derby winner Authorized and was bought by bloodstock agent David Redvers for Sheikh Fahad Al-Thani. The Quatari royal outbid Coolmore boss John Magnier for Hydrogen, who was consigned by breeder Paul Makin.
Redver said of his new purchase: “It is a cliché, but this horse is the complete package. I am just incredibly lucky to have the best and most enthusiastic, yet measured, client in this business. We came to buy the best and we bought the best. He’s a stallion in the making and we expected him to be the top lot without a doubt.”
A stunned Makin knew his colt would be in demand but his price outdid all his expectations.
“I didn’t try to anticipate what would happen. I paid a lot for the mare and I do have three brothers at home and you can’t keep them all… well, you can, but really I wanted to try the discipline of selling one that I really like!” smiled the breeder. “I have not bought one at this sale, which is a first, so now that I have sold one I am the complete package! I just hope the horse goes on to excel for his new owner who is terrific for racing in this country. They are positive people and I like that.”
Galileo is the sire of the six most expensive lots at this year’s Book One. On Wednesday two daughters of the dual Derby and King George winner were sold for over a million guineas each.
The top priced lot on Wednesday was a full sister to this year’s Epsom Oaks winner Was. The filly was sold to Nicholas de Wantrigant for 1.5 million guineas. John Magnier again was the underbidder but he was determined not to miss out on another beautifully bred daughter of the Coolmore resident. He paid 1.3 million guineas for a full sister to Group One winner Together. Magnier also forked out 975,000 guineas for a son of Galileo out of multiple Group winning mare Alexander Goldrun.