Any dream will do: Record £3.675m paid for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s colt
Qatari bloodstock owner Sheikh Fahad paid £3.675 million for a yearling colt by Dubawi at Tattersalls in Newmarket – a record price for a yearling sold anywhere in the world this year.
The record-breaking deal for the colt out of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stud capped what Tattersalls called “an incredibly strong” spell of trade at Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale.
A packed sale ring greeted the handsome colt out of broodmare Dar Re Mi, the full-brother to Too Darn Hot, an impressive winner of this year's Champagne Stakes (G2) and current favourite for this weekend’s Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes.
Sheikh Fahad’s racing manager David Redvers said: “This is the sort of horse that Sheikh Fahad and his brothers want to own; they want to participate at the highest level and have had a taste of it this year with Roaring Lion.
“The colt is out of an exceptional mare and by an exception stallion. It is very hard to put a value on horse such as this; you can see lovely horses selling for good money and yet they still are not the best.
"We are looking to make commercial stallions; let's hope that he goes out and lives up to all the potential that he has. He could look a cheap buy in future.”
The colt was bred and sold by Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber's Watership Down Stud and Madeleine Lloyd Webber was ringside to witness the sale.
She said: “We are so very lucky to have a mare such as Dar Re Mi, who is breeding horses who are put together with such perfection. This horse is very similar to Too Darn Hot – a little more mature if anything.
“The farm's policy is to sell the colts and keep the fillies. We were unable to sell Too Darn Hot last year, in the end thank God – but we kept to the overall plan.
“It has been a nerve-wracking six months, but Terry Doherty, our stud manager, has produced him brilliantly. Watching that sale was a little like an opening night with all the critics in; in fact, it is all very much like show business!”
• PHOTOGRAPH: This one-year-old by stallion Dubawi sold at Tattersalls for a record £3.675m. Picture courtesy Tattersalls.