Warren, buying on behalf of Klaus Jacobs' Newsells Park Stud, needed to go to 1.85 million guineas to secure the 12-year-old mare. Bidding against him was Kern/Lillingston's Luke Lillingston, standing alongside New England Stud's Peter Stanley.Consigned by Michel Collins' Lisieux Stud, the daughter of Sky Classic out of the Alleged mare Specificity is a half-sister to the recent group I Champion Stakes winner Pride, as well as being the dam of grade III winner Major Rhythm. She was sold in foal to Danehill Dancer.
Specifically, the dam of this year's One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) winner Speciosa, topped the third session of the Tattersalls December mare sale Nov. 29, bringing a session high price of 1.85 million guineas (about $3.8 million) from John Warren Bloodstock as trade continued in record-breaking fashion. A total of 210 horses were sold for 13,848,000 guineas (about $28.4 million), an increase of 12% over last year. The average increased 21% over 2005's comparable figures to 65,943 guineas ($135,074). The median jumped 16% to 36,000 guineas ($73,739). Last year's third session saw 232 horses sold for 12,184,500 guineas ($24.9 million), to average 52,519 guineas ($107,576). The median was 30,500 guineas ($62,473).