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$5.3M filly sets world record at Tattersalls

10/12/2007

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A $5,330,000 Sadler's Wells filly out of the mare Brigid set a world-record price for a yearling filly at auction Friday at the final session of the Tattersalls October Book 1 yearling sale in Newmarket, England.

The filly sold for 2.5 million guineas to former mobile phone executive Craig Bennett, who also owns leading Melbourne Cup contender Purple Moon. Bennett was represented in the bidding by agent Charlie Gordon-Watson.

The price shattered the previous world-record price of $4.4 million for the yearling filly Moon's Whisper when she sold to Shadwell Estate at the 2000 Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington.

Bennett said the filly eventually will join his string with Newmarket-based trainer Luca Cumani.

Oaks Farm Stables, agent, sold the filly on behalf of Brittas House Stud. The filly is a full sister to 2000 Irish champion juvenile filly Sequoyah and to the 2007 Group 1-winning filly Listen. Her dam, Brigid, a winning daughter of Irish River, also has produced stakes winner Oyster Catcher, by Bluebird.