The world-record price for a yearling filly was shattered Oct. 12 during book one of the Tattersalls October yearling sale, when a Sadler’s Wells filly out of the Irish River mare Brigid sold for 2,500,000 guineas ($5,330,000) to London bloodstock agent Charlie Gordon-Watson on behalf of Cheshire-based owner Craig Bennett.
The filly is a full sister to recent group I winner Listen and was sold on behalf of breeder Brittas House Stud by Mark Dwyer’s Oaks Farm Stables. In addition to setting the new world record for a yearling filly, she is also the highest-priced yearling to be sold in the world thus far this year.
Bennett, the former finance director of the mobile phone company Phones4u, said the filly would be sent to Newmarket trainer Luca Cumani, who also trains Bennett’s current Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) favorite Purple Moon.
The previous world record for a yearling filly was $4.4 million paid in the United States by Shadwell for a Storm Cat filly out of East of the Moon consigned to the 2000 Keeneland September yearling sale by Lane’s End Sales Agency. The filly, Moon’s Whisper, was unraced and is the dam of three foals: the 3-year-old Galileo colt Yazamaan, a 2-year-old Nayef filly named Hamsat Elqamar, and an unnamed Pivotal colt foaled this year.