News: Most expensive yearling filly in history sold at auction for $8.5 million

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According to, the hefty price tag reflected the as-yet-unnamed 1-year-old filly's premium bloodlines. She is the daughter of the most sought-after stallion in the world, Galileo, a successful racehorse who also sired the unbeaten English superhorse Frankel.

She was purchased at an auction last week in Newmarket by bloodstock agents Mandore International for Al Shaqab Racing, which is owned by Sheikh Joaan Al Thani of Qatar. Al Thani is an emerging powerhouse of the turf and also owns both Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe-winner Treve and top miler Toronado.

“We didn't expect to pay that sort of price, but Al Shaqab Racing is keen to invest. She is a magnificent specimen,” Mandore's Nicolas de Watrigant told auctioneer Tattersall's website.


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