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Gordon-Watson lands Galileo filly at 1.7 million

Edmond Mahony asked for an opening bid of 800,000gns for the chestnut and although he had to drop to 200,000gns to open proceedings, it didn't take long for bidding to surpass the half million mark.

Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock, Saleh Al Homaizi and Gordon-Watson fought it out from then until Australian owner Paul Makin threw in a single bid of a million. Brown came back in at 1.2 million and was the eventual underbidder.

"She's been bought for Hesmonds Stud and that was a lot more than I expected to pay," said Gordon-Watson. "There are less and less good fillies available and you don't get the opportunity to buy them like that very often.

"When you are starting a new stud and want foundation blood you go for the best. I know the family well and I think Galileo is the best stallion in my lifetime, because of what he has achieved with two-year-olds as well as older horses.

"It is up to him (Bizakov) where she goes into training but he currently has horses with Sir Michael Stoute, Ed Dunlop and Jeremy Noseda."

It was Gordon-Watson who signed for the filly's Sadler's Wells sister at 2.5 million guineasa - a record for a yearling filly at auction - at this sale in 2007, and although she never reached the track, a number of her siblings have been successful led by Fillies Mile winner Listen and Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Sequoyah. The latter is the dam of Henrythenavigator.

Minor winner Brigid has been a real money-spinner for Brittas House Stud, with her yearlings recording total sales of 5.25 million guineas in this ring.





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