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.”
I’m also lucky enough to own a piece of Alcala a legend ❤
Am I sad? Yes and no if someone wants to breed from her they will really have to splash the cash if she’s not sold she’ll join the Elite Racing Club broodmare band, if she does sell then that’s fine too because I’m a realist and Elite is a business and they can’t keep all the horses how ever much they’d like to……
It’s been another amazing flat racing season for Elite Racing Club my particular highlight of course being Marsha ‘s stunning win in the Nunthorpe at York in August.
Others include Marsha’s older brother Judicial proving he could be very good and go to the top of the sprinting tree next year, then there is Top Tug who has improved in leaps and bounds on the flat after spending last winter hurdling which he isn’t really keen on but I’m hopeful he could tackle group races on the flat.
So what about next year?
The horse to watch is a beautiful 3yo colt called Magistrate I can’t wait for him to make his racecourse debut he looks special keep you posted……..
A super end to a glittering career her Stunning Nunthorpe victory will go down in history thank you for the memories she’s taken me on a worldwide racing journey via my armchair.
MARSHA INTENDED RUNNER IN
THE BREEDERS CUP TURF SPRINT
We are delighted to announce that, at this
stage, Marsha is an intended runner at the
world famous Breeders Cup meeting in the
United States. The meeting moves around
the nation each year and this year is held at
Del Mar, near San Diego, which is a fantastic
course and could suit our fabulously fast filly
She received an entry into the $1,000,000
Turf Sprint over five furlongs by winning the
Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes, where she beat
the hottest filly in America, Lady Aurelia, by
the narrowest margin. By sending Marsha
across the Atlantic, we are staging a rematch
between the two fillies, who are undoubtedly
the fastest in the world on ratings. Whilst we
are taking on the local horse, Lady Aurelia,
who has never run at Del Mar, we feel this
once in a lifetime challenge looks too good
to miss. This view is backed up by Luke
Morris and Sir Mark Prescott, who feels our
filly’s outstandingly calm temperament
should stand her in good stead. Marsha has
already raced in Ireland and France with
great success, so her trainer feels that she
could be well suited to crossing the pond.
We are advised Del Mar should suit Marsha,
as there is a decent run into the bend,
followed by a short home straight, where we
hope she could unleash her incredible speed
in pursuit of the winning line, in an ideal
world! Marsha has already made many of
our dreams come true, and to go to one of
the biggest meetings in the world with a live
chance is yet another fascinating chapter in
the history of Elite Racing Club. The race is
on the second day of the meeting, Saturday
4 November, giving her plenty of time to
recover following her wonderful second
place in the Prix de l’Abbaye behind the
revitalised Battaash, who will probably be
rested for the remainder of this season. His
trainer, Charlie Hills, has already stated he
intends to target the 2018 running of the
Turf Sprint with Battaash, who will be four
She leaves for the States 28th October…..