A KILKENNY stud hit the jackpot when’s Sheikh Mohammed Godolphin operation forked out €3.5m for a yearling colt at Tattersalls Sale in Newmarket.
The Dubai-based operation beat off Coolmore to secure a son of Frankel and a half-brother to the brilliant Golden Horn, which won the Epsom Derby, the Coral-Eclipse, the Irish Champion Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc in 2015.
The bidding developed into another intriguing head-to-head between MV Magnier of Coolmore and Anthony Stroud, representing the Sheikh.
The colt in question – consigned by Norelands Stud located in Stoneyford, Co Kilkenny – was ultimately knocked down to Stroud for 3.1million guineas (€3.5m).
The sale was another excellent result for Norelands, with a Siyouni half-brother to English 2,000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia having been knocked down to Magnier for 1.3million guineas (€1.6m) earlier in the day.
Harry McCalmont of Norelands told Tattersalls: "I am not often lost for words, but I think I am now. This is easily the best price we have had in the sales ring, and the second-best we achieved this morning!
"I have to thank my team - they have done a fabulous job, this colt walked around like a king today.
"There has been a lot of interest in him, there were some serious people who liked him, however you never know what is going to happen until you get to the ring."
If Prix de l'Arc de Triomphes were decided by clapometer, Enable would have won the race for the third time yesterday but, ultimately, John Gosden's great racemare's shot at history came up just short when she finished a gallant second to Waldgeist in the mud here.