Velvet Moon brought the top price at the Newgate Stud dispersal.

Velvet Moon brought the top price at the Newgate Stud dispersal.

Velvet Moon Tops Newgate Stud Horses at Tattersalls

The major breeding stock reduction of the late Prince Fahd Salman's Newgate Stud brought 4,213,000 guineas for 16 head sold at Wednesday's penultimate session of the Tattersalls December Sales.

Leading the way was the 11-year-old Velvet Moon (Shaadi), covered by Daylami, who had twin boasts as winner of the group II Lowther Stakes and dam of this season's Dante Stakes winner Moon Ballad (Singspiel).

Her fanciers included Charlie Gordon-Watson, underbidder John Ferguson and finally Anthony Penfold, Salman's former racing manager, who clinched the deal at 875,000 guineas.

"I'm afraid I can't say anything about where she is going," said Penfold. "I'm very pleased to renew my association with her, the last time I bought her was for 30,000 guineas here as a yearling. She was a top racemare and has become a top broodmare."

Ferguson had prevailed shortly before when getting the group II Challenge Stakes winner Last Resort (Lahib), in foal to Mozart, for 825,000 guineas. Charlie Gordon-Watson, acting for Watership Down Stud, was

"She is for Darley and is a beautiful mare," said Ferguson. "She was very good on the racecourse and is a young mare in foal to an exciting horse who sadly died this year. It's a great family and we're very excited to have her.

"The family has worked really well with the Sharpen Up line so Halling could be a possibility next year."

Mozart's dam Victoria Cross (Spectacular) will join the Coolmore broodmare ranks after selling for 600,000 guineas in foal to Mozart's sire Danehill.

Earlier Anthony Penfold's Bugley Stud had had success as a vendor when selling the Listed winning Last Resort (Dilum) for 720,000 guineas to Anthony Penfold with Charlie Gordon-Watson again the underbidder.

"She was bought to go to America but she will foal here first and be bred -- I don't know to who," said Lascelles. "It's a great family, you have lots of daughters working for you and there is no Northern Dancer."

Hubie de Burgh, principal of De Burgh Equine, paid 650,000 guineas for Brigitta (Sadler's Wells), a half sister to Breeders' Cup winner Lit De Justice (El Gran Senor) and full-sister to G1 winner Commander Collins (Sadler's Wells). In foal to Danehill, she is for a client building up a stud operation in Ireland.