Lot 304: b f Dubawi - Loveisallyouneed (Sadler's Wells)
This filly from Newsells Park Stud was widely regarded as the queen of the sale - one agent went as far as to say she was the best yearling filly he'd seen for 15 years - and she duly lives up to expectations, selling for 2,100,000gns to John Magnier on behalf Primus Advertising boss Richard Henry.
Auctioneer Edmond Mahony opened proceedings at 200,000gns, after which Saleh Al Homaizi was among those to show their hand. He walked out at 1,500,000gns, allowing for a duel to develop between John Magnier and John Ferguson, who cried enough at 2,000,000gns.
She is the highest priced yearling sold in the world this year.
Of course, there is no one who knows this particular branch of the Alruccaba family better than Henry. She is the second living foal out of Loveisallyouneed, bred by Henry's Premier Bloodstock out of his wonderful mare Jude. She was a 92,000gns purchase in this ring in 1997 and later bred Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Yesterday, champion Irish two-year-old Quarter Moon and the stakes-placed All My Loving, Betterbetterbetter, Hold Me Love Me and Magicalmysterytour, all of whom are full siblings to Loveisallyouneed.
Only this year, the family has flourished again. Quarter Moon is the dam of Pretty Polly Stakes heroine Diamondsandrubies - who was retired following her run in the Prix de l'Opera - and the highly promising How High The Moon. Only on Friday it produced another stakes filly when Pin Up ran third in the Noel Murless Stakes at Royal Ascot.
"I think Richard must have been overcome with emotion," said MV Magnier. "Richard basically invented this family - it's been fantastic, a very lucky family. This filly is lovely filly, a great mover with a lot of quality."
Richard Henry, sporting an apt 'Ruler Of The World' cap, added:
"We sold Loveisallyouneed to Newsells in 2010 shortly before Jude passed away, but obviously it’s a family we have been very lucky with. There are 12 Group winners on the page, seven at Group 1 level and we were fortunate enough to race three of them.
"Yesterday is in foal to red-hot first season sire Zoffany and Quarter Moon has produced two high class fillies by Fastnet Rock in Group 1 winner Diamondsandrubies and classic prospect for next season How High The Moon. Hopefully this filly might be as good as them!"
This family hit the headlines at last month's Keeneland September Sale when Shadwell went to $1.45 million for the first foal out of Betterbetterbetter, a filly by War Front. The next chance to buy into it could come at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale where a sister to Yesterday and Quarter Moon, Ruby Tuesday, has been catalogued in foal to War Front.
Her sale means that Newsells Park Stud heads into the final day as the dominant leading vendor.
"We were underbidders on Loveisallyouneed's half-sister Song when she sold here to Paul Makin," said Julian Dollar. "At the time, Richard didn't think that there would be many more opportunities to buy out of the family but he rang me in the spring about Loveisallyouneed, who had been injured in training.
"I went over to see her and it took me about a second to decide to buy her - she's a beautiful mare. We bred her to Dansili - it was the obvious cross - and sold that filly. Then she had a lovely Oasis Dream that unfortunately died. She has a colt foal by Dansili and is back in foal to Dubawi.
"This crop are the best foals we've produced. Gerry [Meehan] and the team have done a great job - Gerry is a real professional, a perfectionist