COPLOW, the dam of the 1000 Guineas and Sun Chariot Stakes winner Billesdon Brook, was sold for 2.1 million guineas at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale on Tuesday.
She was sold by Stowell Hill Stud and is carrying a colt by Kingman.
Underbidders included James Delahooke and Ross Doyle, who bid to two million guineas, but she was bought one one bid by M.V. Magnier.
"She has done it already, let's hope she can continue. She is in foal to a hot stallion," said Magnier. "I will imagine she will go to Galileo, but I will have to speak with the lads."
Vendor Jeanette McCreery, wife of the late Bob, said: "I found that more nerve-wracking beforehand. She was very popular all around the ring. We have so many members of the family that something had to be sold to keep it all running. It is a great credit to Bob, but credit goes to the Hannons who have made this family."
Coplow's 2014 Dick Turpin daughter Billesdon Bess, a Listed winner for Richard Hannon, was bought here last year for 800,000gns by LTS Agent for Erdenheim Farm. The mare's 2017 Sepoy filly called Bruisa is in training with Richard Hannon, while her 2019 Dubawi colt has been retained and will go to Hannon as well. Billesdon Brook stays in training for 2020.
MABS CROSS UNSOLD
Earlier in the afternoon the 2018 Prix de l'Abbaye winner Mabs Cross was offered for sale but she was retained by the Armstrong family after bidding stalled at 1.1 million guineas.
Tweenhills Farm & Stud sold the Group 3 Prix Sigy winner Big Brothers Pride (by Invincible Spirit), for 975,000gns.
She is from a Wertheimer-produced family and is out of the listed-winning and Group 3-placed Green Tune mare Polygreen.
She is dam of Polydream (Oasis Dream), winner of the 2018 renewal of Prix Maurice de Gheest, Evaporation (Red Ransom), a listed winner and multiple group race placed, and the listed placed Ankle (Shamardal).
Successful buyer was Eamonn Reilly of BBA Ireland, who said: "She is for a US buyer and she goes to America. She won't race on and will be syndicated to bred. She is from bloodlines that rarely come onto the market."
Big Brothers Pride was bred by Ecurie Des Monceaux, Framont Limited and Beauregard Bloodstock and was bought by Meridian International and David Redvers Bloodstock as a yearling for €400,000.
The 825,000gns Guerriere (by Invincible Spirit out of Mathematicienne) was a third purchase of the evening by Rob Speers on behalf of Ibrahim Araci's Old Mill Stud, the buyer adding to the previous purchases of Butterscotch, by Galileo and out of Lesson In Humility, and Predawn, by Fastnet Rock out of Perihelion.
Butterscotch cost the buyer 700,000gns and Predawn was a 600,000gns purchase.
"We have bought three very nice well-related mares from young families," said Speers. "They are all in-foal to exciting stallions. They are all going to Old Mill Stud, which Mr Araci has recently purchased. We are planning to put together a quality broodmare band."
Guerriere is in-foal to Lope De Vega, Butterscotch to Justify and Predawn is carrying to No Nay Never.
Shambolic, the listed-placed daughter of Shamardal, was bought by Hadden Bloodstock for 800,000gns.
"She is for Craig Bennett's Merry Fox Stud," said Gary Hadden, bloodstock advisor to Bennett. "This was the only mare we were interested in – she is a stakes-performing daughter of Shamardal and there will not be many of those available in future.
"Her purchase was a no brainer – she is a half-sister to two Group 1 winners, and she is a beautiful model. We have no plans as yet as regard stallions, but she will be option to many options. Hopefully, we can continue with the pedigree."
She was sold by Highclere Stud on behalf of Floors Stud, the 10th Duke of Roxburghe having died in August.
Terre, the full-sister to Treve, the two-time Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner, sold for 680,000gns. She was bought by Charlie Vigors of Hillwood Stud. Charlie Gordon-Watson, standing with Simon Marsh of Watership Down Stud, were the underbidders.
"She is for an existing client," said Vigors. "He is keen to upgrade his broodmares and you can't get much better than a winning mare who is a full-sister to one of the best race mares there has been. She is from fantastic breeders and has a fantastic page already there and with the promise of much more to come – it is young family. The progeny will be offered for resale."
Terre was sold in-foal to Siyouni and Vigors added: "We don't know whether it is a colt or a filly, but we don't mind. We have not discussed future stallions yet."
Treve herself has a Shalaa yearling and a filly foal this year also by Siyouni. She is in-foal to Sea The Stars.
Criquette Head of Haras du Quesnay said: "I am thrilled. We have lots of fillies at home who are producing well so we were happy to sell."
The sale continues on Wednesday morning and concludes on Thursday.
FULL BLOODSTOCK SALES COVERAGE IN THE IRISH FIELD NEXT WEEKEND