Lot 319: b f Medaglia d'Oro - Shumoos (Distorted Humor)
Auctioneer Simon Kerins must have questioned what he was seeing when Hugo Merry threw in a bid of 400,000gns off a mark of 200,000gns for this homebred filly from Aislabie Stud. But such a ploy wasn't enough to deny the Californian-based Shawn Dugan, who fought off Merry up to 600,000gns.
As is often the case at this sale, Dugan was acting on behalf of Al Shira'aa Farms. The Abu Dhabi-based operation has a small number of horses in training with Rod Collet, including the recent Listed fourth Liwa Palace, a fellow Book 1 graduate.
The only yearling catalogued by her sire, an exceptionally good sire of fillies, she is the first foal out of Sirenia Stakes winner Shumoos. The Distorted Humor mare, who is related to Ishiguru, was also versatile enough to run second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint on dirt.