A Danzig colt became the highest-priced horse ever sold at the Donacaster breeze-up sale in England when he brought 140,000 guineas (approximately $231,980) from Teruya Yoshida's Shadai Farm of Japan. It was the first time that a Japanese buyer had ever participated in the auction and the first time that a Danzig offspring had been offered at the sale.
Fergus Stud of Ireland consigned the 2-year-old colt on the behalf of his breeder, Martyn Burke. The colt was produced from the 7-year-old Storm Cat mare Spring Pitch, who is a half-sister to six added-money winners. They include European champion Selkirk (by Sharpen Up), grade III winner Rory Creek (by Silver Hawk), and English group III and North American grade III winner Seebe (by Danzig).
"It's a good pedigree, he did a nice breeze, and he also had the body," Shadai's Shigehisa Tanabe told the Racing Post.
Tanabe is the office manager for Shadai. He was accompanied by trainer Hideyuki Mori.
Tanabe said the colt was purchased for one of Shadai's clients.
Sale records also were established for gross revenue, average price, and median price during the two-day auction. The 205 horses sold grossed 2,824,800 guineas ($4,680,694), up 23% from a year ago, and averaged 13,780 guineas ($22,833), up 20%. The median of 10,500 guineas ($17,399) represented an increase of 31%. In 2002, 201 horses were sold for a gross of 2,299,680 guineas, an average of 11,441 guineas, and a median of 8,000 guineas.