Chicquita sets all-time record (€6 million) for any horse sold at auction in Ireland
(Photo : Goffs)
“At €6 million (around R87 million!), Chicquita had set
an all-time record for any horse sold at auction in Ireland”
There’s been a lot of ambitious talk in sporting circles this week, Chad le Clos laying down the gauntlet for Michael Phelps’ world records and Olympic medals, and Jake White prophesying that the Sharks would win the Super 15. The former has time on his hands, and the latter has a record, so both predictions are believable.
At the tender age of 21, Le Clos already boasts an Olympic victory over Phelps, while White picked up a lost-looking Springbok team and took them to World Cup glory in 2007. What he did with the Brumbies last year was almost in the same league. That said, in the world of racing, we’re not talking about ambitions, we’re citing realities. The sales ring at Goffs was in in thrall when the Irish Oaks winner Chicquita entered the ring on Friday, and she didn’t disappointment. Peter and Ross Doyle (“regulars” in South Africa at Summerhill) locked horns in a protracted battle with James McHale, with the Doyles eventually prevailing for a “very good long-term client”. The Classic heroine was the last into the ring in Australian Paul Makins’ draft, and echoing the audacious bidding style of Makin himself, McHale leapt straight into the fray, opening the bidding at €3 million. In a game of high-stakes ping-pong, Doyle exchanged fire with McHale tucked out of sight on auctioneer Henry Beeby’s right, where he was responding to telephonic instructions. Questioned in the wake of the sale as to why he should sell a filly of such enormous distinction, Makin, famed for his sense of sales ring theatre, said he was “selling on the sizzle”. At €6 million (around R87 million!), Chicquita had set an all-time record for any horse sold at auction in Ireland, and as far as our memories serve us, this is an European record for a filly-in-training.
The sobering thing is, with that sort of dosh, you could buy up most of our valley (not including Summerhill of course!) but it just goes to show what this game can do to a rich man’s pocket.
On the other side of the world, the Yoshida family’s Shadai Stallion Station is on the verge of a new world record. A glance at the latest stallion rankings in Japan tells us that no fewer than 14 of the top 15 in the list are resident at the farm, a level of dominance we don’t recall anywhere, not even at Ireland’s Coolmore Stud. Given the size and wealth of Japanese racing, it’s an astonishing achievement, even allowing for the fact that the Yoshidas have been in business for many decades, and have been the dominant force for most of that time. Given that ten of those fourteen are sons of Sunday Silence, the challenge for Shadai going forward, has to be the discovery of the next great foil for this enormous vortex of the blood of the greatest influence any stallion has ever exerted on a domestic sires list.
Symboli Kris S
Zenno Rob Roy
Editor’s note:Deep Impact’s daughter Gentildonna further cemented her sire’s status as the reigning “king” of Japanese stallions, when she made history on Sunday at the Tokyo racecourse by becoming the first horse (and filly) to win back-to-back runnings of the notoriously tough Japan Cup (Gr.1). This win takes Gentildonna’s earnings to 1 billion Yen, and makes her the third most successful female racehorse of all time behind Buena Vista (1.39 billion yen) and Vodka (1.35 billion yen).