Satwa QueenSatwa Queen (Vanessa Ng)John Ferguson purchased a quartet of three-year-olds for a total of 10.1-million gns on a lively opening breeding stock session of the Tattersalls December Sale in Newmarket yesterday. Ferguson, acting on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed, set a new European record for a filly in training when buying G1 Prix de l’Opera winner Satwa Queen (GB) (Muhtathir) for 3.4-million guineas. Niarchos family racing manager Alan Cooper was among the early players for the five time group winner, but the final exchanges were fought out between Charlie Gordon-Watson, standing with Coolmore’s Paul Shanahan, and Ferguson. “She’s an outstanding racemare and she won the Prix de l’Opera which is one of the great races for fillies every year,” said Ferguson. “She has a wonderful character and is a great individual so we are delighted to have her.”

John FergusonJohn FergusonThe record for a filly, established 12 months ago when Spinning Queen (GB) sold for 3 million guineas, had already been surpassed earlier in the session by G2 Cherry Hinton and G3 Albany S. winner Sander Camillo (More Than Ready). Ferguson bid against Shanahan himself for lot 1923, consigned from Jeremy Noseda’s stable, eventually getting her for 3.2 million guineas. “I thought she’d make a lot of money and can understand why she was in great demand,” said Ferguson of Sander Camillo. “She oozed quality and was a top-class racemare at two. She was an exceptional individual and she’s a likely candidate to be covered by Street Cry (Ire) in America. Street Sense is out of a mare by Dixieland Band, so we know the cross works well. We are consistently on the lookout for quality bloodlines throughout the world and we are very lucky to have such an exciting group of young horses at stud.”

Green%20Camera%20Link%20Sml.jpgWatch the battle in the ring for Satwa Queen

Green%20Camera%20Link%20Sml.jpgWatch Satwa Queen take the Gr1 Prix de l’Opera

Extract from TDN 4.12.07