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There were fireworks on the opening day of the Tattersalls October Book 1 Yearling Sale as a one-year-old colt by stallion DUBAWI (Lot 148) became the highest priced yearling colt to be sold anywhere in the world this year, when purchased by Anthony Stroud, on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed, for £3.78 million (3.6 million guineas).

A packed sales ring greeted the handsome colt, a half-brother to Group One St James’s Palace Stakes winner Barney Roy, consigned by Hazelwood Bloodstock.

“He is a really athletic horse, a really good mover,” Stroud told Tattersalls after placing his winning bid against MV Magnier from Coolmore Stud.

“Sheikh Mohammed picked him out. He was his favourite of today. Of course, we stand the sire Dubawi, and the colt is out of a Galileo mare.

“Night Of Thunder is turning into a useful stallion and we also now have Too Darn Hot – the sire lines are very important. It all traces back to Dubai Millennium, who was so important to Sheikh Mohammed.

“He cost more than we thought, but you need to go so far to get this sort of horse.”

Consignor Adrian O’Brien of Hazelwood Bloodstock was nearly lost for words with delight.

“He is a beautiful horse and never missed a beat. It is an unbelievable figure to sell for and I am over the moon. I am so grateful to my clients for this quality of stock.”

“It is ideal, what you dream of, and what you hope for,” added O’Brien referencing the fact that the two biggest powerhouses in horseracing, Godolphin and Coolmore, went head to head over his colt.

“We knew we had an awful lot of interest in him, everyone who saw him liked him.”

The colt was bred by Sun Bloodstock and is out of the brilliant broodmare Alina, who was purchased at the Tattersalls December Mare Sale in 2015 for 65,000gns, when carrying Barney Roy.