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Posted 2024-02-05 19:12:43  
Sir Alex and other pay world record price for horse

Beneath the National Hunt landscape, a significant shift occurred on Monday afternoon as Andy and Gemma Brown bid farewell to the sport, selling their entire jumps string. The remarkable dispersal unfolded at Tattersalls Ireland, where 29 lots, including the highly touted Caldwell Potter, were offered without reserve. The shockwaves reverberated through the racing world as the Grade 1 winner and Cheltenham Festival contender fetched €740,000, landing in the hands of Anthony Bromley from Highflyer Bloodstock.

Gordon Elliott, left crestfallen as the underbidder, saw Paul Nicholls seize the opportunity for a consortium featuring Sir Alex Ferguson, John Hales, Ged Mason, and Peter Done.

The auction hall fell into an almost eerie silence as auctioneer Simon Kerins sought an opening bid. After a suspenseful wait, Martin Tedham, standing beside Jonjo O’Neill, initiated proceedings at €100,000. Gold Cup-winning rider Bryan Cooper joined the bidding, quickly elevating the price to half a million euros.

Elliott, positioned on the top deck, entered the fray with a €25,000 increase, matched by Bromley on the opposite side. The bidding reached €650,000 before a whistle signaled Elliott's additional €25,000 bid. Amid a brief moment of confusion, Bromley secured the lead at €700,000.

Elliott, in intense consultation with Eddie O’Leary and Aidan ‘Mouse’ O’Ryan, faced a protracted deliberation, during which Kerins lightened the mood with a remark about the bank holiday. Despite Elliott's final €20,000 raise, Bromley swiftly countered, leaving Elliott shaking his head as the hammer fell.

Bromley, reflecting on the nerve-wracking moment, expressed satisfaction in purchasing for longstanding clients, including John Hales, Ged Mason, Sir Alex Ferguson, and Peter Done. Notably, three of them shared ownership of Hermes Allen, lost over the weekend.

Caldwell Potter, the strapping grey, last seen triumphing at Leopardstown, holds promising odds for the Cheltenham Festival after his Grade 1 Future Champions Novice Hurdle win on December 27. Bromley emphasized the long-term strategy behind this acquisition despite the horse's current short odds.

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