Elizabeth Browning becomes the highest-priced horse ever sold at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sale when fetching 700,000gns on Monday.
The Galileo filly, who carried the China Horse Club colours when she won a Group at the Curragh in July for trainer Aidan O’Brien, was bought by bloodstock agent Alex Elliott for a European-based client.
"What is not to like about her?" asked Elliott, adding: "She is by Galileo, is a Group 2 winner, won as a juvenile, and is an own-sister to a Group 1 winner in Johannes Vermeer. We are delighted to have bought her. She will not run again, she has done her job."
The bidding opened up at 100,000gns, and Hubie De Burgh and Jimmy George enjoyed the early exchanges. George dropped away at the 500,000gns mark, with Elliott picking up the battle, and he was the one who eventually won the day.
Johannes Vermeer has recently travelled to the southern-hemisphere and finished second in the Ladbrokes Stakes and third in the Caulfield Cup. He is an 8/1 chance for next week's Melbourne Cup.
Harold Kirk bought a number of lots on behalf of trainer Willie Mullins, most notably Fast Buck (150,000gns) and Mister Blue Sky (130,000gns).
A son of Kendargent, Fast Buck has won twice over a mile and a half, the most recent success coming since the catalogue was published. Kirk outpointed a number of NH buyers, including Tessa Greatrex, Eddie O'Leary and finally Tom Malone.
"This horse is just drop dead gorgeous," said Kirk. "He is big and strong, has size and scope. He will jump hurdles and go onto jump a fence - he reminds me a lot of Djakadam. Whatever he might do as a three-year-old, he'll be a better sort going forward. There won't be many by the sire jumping yet, but he is a son of Kendor so it won't be a problem.
"He is for Willie Mullins, we have not got an owner yet!"
Fast Buck was sold by The Castlebridge Consignment on behalf of owner Khalifa Dasmal and trainer Eoghan O'Neill
Kirk bought Mister Blue Sky from Sylvester Kirk's Cedar Lodge Stables. The four-time winner is a son of Royal Applause.
The horse has won over six furlongs to 10 furlongs and last time out finished third to The Statesman, who went went through the ring later in the day.
"He has been purchased as a high-class dual-purpose prospect," said Kirk. "He'll go juvenile hurdling, but he might have a break now.
The Statesman, a triple flat winner who recently made a winning debut over hurdles for the Ian Williams stable, was a wild card entry to the sale and he made 310,000gns when sold to BBA Ireland and Yulong Investments.
Winning Ways, a three-year-old Lope De Vega colt and dual winner for the Jeremy Noseda stable, is heading to Hong Kong after selling to Chris McNulty and Dermot Farrington for 250,000gns.
The sale continues all this week, ending on Friday.
FULL SALE REPORT IN THE IRISH FIELD NEXT WEEKEND