Danehill mare Sumora highlighted a session of fireworks during Day 2 of the Tattersalls December Breeding Stock Sale on Tuesday.
Sumora is the dam of this year’s G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Maybe (Galileo) and she is also a three-quarter sister to this year’s English Oaks winner Dancing Rain (Danehill Dancer).
Coolmore agent M.V. Magnier held the winning bid of 2.40 million guineas. “We hoped we wouldn’t have to pay that much,” Magnier said. “These sorts of mare are very rare, they just don’t come on the market. She will be going back to Galileo next year.”
Coolmore was under-bidder for Reve d’Iman (Highest Honor) who was next best on the leader-board at $1.70 millions guineas. She is the dam of 2010 G1 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Bethrah (Marju) and was purchased by Shunsuke Yoshida of Northern Farm and was offered with a Montjeu covering.
“We own her sister Reve d’Oscar, who has bred us two stakes winner in Japan,” Yoshida said. “We’ve been looking at this mare for a while and are pleased to have got her. She could go to either Deep Impact or Workforce.”
Another to break the million-guineas barrier was Pearling (Storm Cat). A maiden full sister to Giant’s Causeway, the five-year-old mare was offered in foal to Galileo and cost 1.30 million guineas.
The mare was bought for Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, the duo who previously owned and raised Epsom Derby winner Authorized. She will now head for their Blue Diamond Stud.
Big-spending Nurlan Bizakov paid 1.20 million guineas for G2 Prix de Malleret winner Testosterone (Dansili). The Kazakhstan based owner bought Hesmonds Stud in Sussex last year and will send the filly to Ed Dunlop.
Day 2 of the Tattersalls December Breeding Stock Sale recorded the third highest ever turnover in a session at any sale in European auction history. A total of 160 lots were sold for 25.25 million guineas. The average rose 34% to 157,868 guineas and the median rose 10% to 55,000 guineas.
The sale runs through to Thursday.