Tattersalls Park Paddocks in Newmarket has long been home to sales of beautiful and expensive horses. This year’s prestigious October Yearling Sale, Book One, saw prices at the top end of the market rise to unprecedented levels. Qatari Sheikh Joaan al Thani paid a world-record 5m guineas for a superbly bred filly, while John Magnier’s Coolmore Stud went to 3.6m guineas for a son of its champion sire Galileo. The high rollers should book their seats now for the forthcoming mares sale at Tattersalls between December 2 and 5.
Here, the star attraction will be the opening-day auction of the five-year-old Dancing Rain (pictured), a dual classic winner who won the Oaks at Epsom in 2011 (the fillies’ equivalent of the Derby), as well as the German equivalent. With an impeccable pedigree, she has all the attributes to make a great brood mare. But what is unique about the sale is that she is being sold in foal to the incomparable Frankel, the best racehorse most of us will ever see and now a stallion at Banstead Manor Stud. In the words of Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony, “it’s hard to imagine a more complete package”.
Make a bid if you dare or just put the date in your diary and go to watch the fireworks. With Qatari and Irish money expected to clash again, the winning price is likely to be well into seven figures.