The four-year-old was knocked down to Sheikh Fahad – her part-owner before she entered the ring – who immediately turned and shook hands with his deputy, David Redvers, and then Teo Ah Khing and Michael Wallace of China Horse Club, which will take a share. The Sheikh has been more than happy to form partnerships during his brief time in racing and bloodstock, as illustrated by this new arrangement.
The luckless underbidders were UK agent James Delahooke and the USA’s Barry Weisbord, who were acting for a syndicate. Weisbord, taking instructions by phone and almost obscured in a condensed bidding area, proved a doughty opponent to Sheikh Fahad, who stood loud and proud in full view of the ring, but it seemed little more than a routine workout for a heavyweight against a lighter opponent.
Sheikh Fahad owned a 75% share of the filly (Lot 1852) in partnership with the Sangster family, so this spell-binding moment in auction history, which took place to dissolve the previous coupling, was always likely to end in his favour.
Of China Horse Club’s new role, Redvers described it as “a one-off with this filly” and added: “They are taking the share that belonged to the Sangsters, and it means we can race the filly for another year and then send her to the world’s finest stallions.”
Being a daughter of Lawman out of a Rainbow Quest mare, Just The Judge would be very welcome in Galileo’s stable, but how about his son, Gr.1 Derby winner Australia, who is part-owned by China Horse Club?
Asked why the Sheikh did not want to retire her now, Redvers said: “She’s sound and has been running as well as ever all year. Only a month ago she won the Gr.1 EP Taylor Stakes. I cannot wait to send her to stud in a year’s time but, in the meantime, she can race at the top level around the world.”
Extract from EBN/www.tattersalls.com (p)