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UK Tatts Breeding Stock Day-2: Aust Buys $3.23m Song

Wednesday, 2nd December 2009

Australian owner-breeder Paul Makin (acting via Badgers Bloodstock agent Grant Pritchard- Gordon) out-bid agent John Warren (standing alongside Newsells Park Stud’s Andreas Jacobs) to pay top price of 1.7 million guineas (A$3.23m) in the UK overnight for unraced 3YO filly Song (Sadler’s Wells-Jude, by Darshaan) during the 2nd session at the 4-day Tattersalls December Breeding Stock Sale at Park Paddocks in Newmarket. Song was consigned from Bugley Stud for a partnership headed by Richard Henry (whose Primus Advertising handles Coolmore’s public relations & marketing). She is a half-sister to both Gr1 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Yesterday & Gr1-winning Irish champion 2YO Quarter Moon & was sold in-foal to Coolmore shuttler Danehill Dancer. Makin (who owns 5-time Gr1-winning Arrowfield Stud freshman sire Starcraft) indicated the mare would head for Rory Mahon's Mountain View Stud in Ireland & be mated with the recently retired 6-time Gr1-winner Sea The Stars. Makin told racingpost.com: “I just wanted to get into the family. How many chances do you get to go into a pedigree like that? There are a lot of fillies being bred from in there. There were only 4 lots I wanted in this sale & this one ticked all the boxes. She was the nicest mare I saw. Beautiful women breed beautiful children, that’s the way I look at it.” Makin (who spends much of his time in Hong Kong, where he runs a betting operation) added: “I bet mathematically on horses in Asia & America & can’t lose, it’s all computer driven. It’s all just betting on numbers & one of George Bush’s best legacies came 4 years ago when he allowed other countries to bet on American racing tax free.”

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