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Tattersalls Oct Book-1 Sale Day-3: 2.5m Guineas Galileo Colt
On the 3rd & final day of the 3-day Tattersalls October Book-1 Yearling Sale at Newmarket in England, a new international benchmark was set for 2012 when Sheikh Fayad (represented by David Redvers) paid 2.5 million guineas for a three-quarter brother to Gr1 English Derby winner Authorized, already named Hydrogen. Fetching the third ever highest price for a yearling in Europe, the Galileo-Funsie (Saumarez) colt was the subject of big hype in the lead-up to his time in the ring. Among the under-bidders were John Magnier, Mandore International's Nicholas de Watrigant, William Haggas & Jeremy Noseda. Offered by The Castlebridge Consignment, the colt was bred by Australia's Paul Makin, who commented, "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!" An elated Redvers enthused: "It is a cliche, 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."