Coolmore paid the highest price for a yearling in the northern hemisphere this year and the highest price for one in Ireland since 1984 when a son of Montjeu was knocked down to MV Magnier for €2.85m at Goffs Orby Sales, WRITES Marcus Armytage.
Trained by Jim Bolger, Finsceal Beo almost pulled off an unprecedented Guineas treble in 2007, winning the English and Irish versions, but coming up a head short in France.
Montjeu, which won the French and Irish Derbies and the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe and King George for Chantilly trainer John Hammond, was a high-class sire for Coolmore, but died aged 16 last year. He sired three Derby winners as well as the Champion Hurdler Hurricane Run.
"He's a very good mover and the lads thought he was an exceptional Montjeu," Magnier said.
"It's plenty of money, but obviously he's very well bred. Montjeu has been very good to us and they're not making them any more, but hopefully we'll have two exciting sons, Camelot and St Nicholas Abbey, to stand for us next year."
The record price for a yearling in Ireland was the 3.1m guineas paid for a son of the ill-fated Shergar in 1984. Authaal went on to win the Irish St Leger. (© Daily Telegraph, London)