Lot 1848: Marsha becomes the highest-priced horse ever sold at a European auction when selling for 6 million guineas.
She was bought by MV Magnier for a new partnership. Underbidder was John Gosden.
Ed Dunlop, sat with Gaynor Rupert, and David Redvers were involved in the early exchanges, but they gave way when MV Magnier and John Gosden turned up the heat. It developed into a head to head battle between the two powerhouses of Coolmore and Godolphin after Gosden took a bid at 4 million guineas.
The pair duelled through to 4.7 million, until Magnier waved his hand, and to gasps from the crowd, took the price up to 5 million. It was thought then by onlookers that the deal would be done, but Gosden came back from more and the pace was relenting through the next million. Magnier decided to take control and waved the 6 million bid – Godolphin walked.
“She really is something special,” said Magnier. “Sir Mark has done a great job with her, she was very fast and the lads were very keen to have her. She is the best sprinter of the year and she will go to Galileo.”
For Dan Downie of Elite Racing Club it was the end of long day. “I feel exhausted actually,” he smiled. “but no it is exciting, and it is a wonderful for Elite.
“We did have a price at which we would have taken her home ,but we did think it was going to be unlikely. She has been wonderful and always takes everything in her stride. The funds will help with ongoing running of the Club, but we will take a look at our nomination plans in particular for Malinka.
Magnier, who confirmed that the Nunthorpe Stakes winner will be retired, said: “Sir Mark did a wonderful job with her and if we can do half as good, we’ll be okay. She has a lovely presence about her, she’s something very special.”