The Tattersalls December Sales are certainly an exciting affair, but every so often they become something remarkable.
It was one of those occasions on Tuesday 5th December when, at the December Mare Sale in Newmarket, four-year-old filly, Marsha, became the highest priced horse ever sold at a European auction when she fetched a whopping 6 million guineas.
There was interest from the US, the Middle East, South Africa and even as far as Japan, all of whom placed bids in the early stages, however, it ended up with a head-to-head battle between MV Magnier for Coolmore and John Gosden for Godolphin. In the end it was MV Magnier who won it for Coolmore when the hammer fell for a cool 6 million.
This widespread interest in Marsha is well-founded. In her three-year career, she established herself as a talented sprinter, winning seven races for her trainer, Sir Mark Prescott. These wins included the Prix de l’Abbaye last year and also this year’s Nunthorpe Stakes. With good looks to match her impressive race record, she is a very desirable filly indeed.
So where next for Marsha? “She’s going to Galileo,” a clearly pleased Magnier confirmed to the Racing Post. “She’s one of the best sprinters around and she has a lovely presence about her,” he continued.
For sellers Elite Racing, the funds will go towards the future of the club as Dan Downie told Tatersalls: “ it is exciting, and it is a wonderful for Elite,” says Dan. “We did have a price at which we would have taken her home, but we did think it was going to be unlikely. She has been wonderful and always takes everything in her stride. The funds will help with ongoing and the long-term running of the Club, but we will, of course, take a look at our nomination plans, in particular for Marsha’s dam, Marlinka.”
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