Pride of Dubai’s Fancy Man Sells for 675,000 Guineas
The highest priced horse sold during the third session of the Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale was quality galloper Fancy Man (4h Pride of Dubai x Fancy, by Galileo), who fetched 675,000 guineas and will head to Australia to be trained by Annabel Neasham.
A proven Group placed stakes-winner with four wins and eight placings from 16 starts, Fancy Man was knocked down to Stuart Boman of Blandford Bloodstock.
"We wanted a Melbourne Cup horse so we thought we'd come and buy the best horse here, and I genuinely think he is. He has been running at a very high level for a long time, he has been beautifully trained by Richard Hannon and I have followed him through the year. He vetted very cleanly,” said Boman.
"Annabel is extraordinarily brave and willing to go to that sort of figure - we always knew he'd be an expensive horse, although you never really know what they are going to make. But you either get on with it and buy them and make it happen, or you don't.
"He is a highly rated horse and you are really buying the number. He is a 119 rated horse, the highest rated horse here and he runs to 110 every week. The form is there to see - he was a Group winning two-year-old, he has been high class all the way through and he is one of those horses who can perform over 1m4f, yet we think he will get 2m in Australia."
Fancy Man has won up to 2400m in the UK and is from an unraced Galileo mare, whose dam Danehill Music is a Group III winner at 1600m.
Pride of Dubai recently posted his first Group I winner with Bella Nipotina scoring a dominant win in the Group I MRC Manikato Stakes (1200m) last Saturday and he stands at the affordable fee of $16,500.