800,000gns High Chaparral colt is record-breaker

A son of High Chaparral shattered the European breeze-up price record at Tattersalls in Newmarket in Wednesday night when selling for 800,000gns to Al Shaqab Racing.

Offered from Jim McCartan’s Gaybrook Lodge Stud, the colt – out of Abunai (by Pivotal) – had breezed in great fashion the previous morning.

His price rocketed as Ross Doyle, standing with trainer Richard Hannon and acting for Al Shaqab Racing, had to dig deep to fight off agent Jamie McCalmont for the youngster who showed a huge profit on the 41,000gns he had cost as a yearling.

“I loved the colt from the moment I bought him and he has done everything right since, he’s never missed a day,” said McCartan. “The first time I worked him, you could see he was special and the lads riding have always been mad about him. I never expected that, but this is what we are all in the game for.”

Ross Doyle added: “He was the stand-out here – easily the best in the sale, he is a lovely, beautiful horse. He could be a superstar.”

Al Shaqab Racing, who earlier in the day won the G3 Nell Gwyn Stakes with Sandiva (3f Footstepsinthesand-Miss Corinne, by Mark Of Esteem), have already enjoyed great success with a son of High Chaparral in Toronado (4c High Chaparral-Wana Doo, by Grand Slam), winner of last season’s G1 Sussex Stakes.

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