A one-year-old female horse today claimed a world record as the most expensive yearling filly sold at auction.
The as-yet-unnamed animal broke the record for a horse sold at a European auction when she was sold for five million guineas (£5.25 million) at bloodstock auctioneers Tattersalls in Newmarket.
The horse is the daughter of the most sought after stallion on the planet, Galileo, who enjoyed a highly successful track career before retiring to stud.
His other progeny include Frankel, the world's highest rated racehorse who himself retired to stud last year following an unbeaten 14 race career.
She was bought by bloodstock agents Mandore International for Al Shaqab Racing which is owned by Sheikh Joaan Al Thani of Qatar, an emerging powerhouse of the turf whose other filly Treve won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Sunday and whose other horses include top miler Toronado.
Nicholas de Watrigant of Mandore said: "She is a magnificent specimen. We bought her sister last year and we think she could be special, we didn't want to miss this one. We didn't expect to pay that sort of price, but Al Shaqab Racing is keen to invest."