Danehill proved to be a sensation Down Under, where he sired five Golden Slipper winners – Danzero, Flying Spur, Merlene, Catbird and Ha Ha – from 1991 to 1998.
Coolmore became involved in a bidding war with Arrowfield and paid $24 million for the sole ownership of the stallion, which made him the most valuable thoroughbred in Australian breeding history.
Danehill, who won four of his nine starts, sired 84 group 1 winners world-wide. Rock Of Gibraltar, Dylan Thomas, Mozart and Westerner were among his better northern hemisphere progeny, and Fairy King Prawn was a Hong Kong superstar.
Other group 1 Australian winners included Redoute’s Choice, Elvstroem, Exceed and Excel, Danewin, Nothing’ Leica Dane, Dane Ripper, Magical Miss and Platinum Scissors, many of which were to become great local stallions.
Juddmonte experienced amazing success in the last decade with their home-breds, notably Frankel, who won all 14 race starts to become the world champion in mid-2000 and has become one of the world’s best stallions.
Dancing Brave was an incredible stayer, and Price Khalid experienced wonderful times with his sensational mare Enable, who won two Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe’s for John Golden and Frankie Dettori.
The owner’s last race meeting he attended was when Enable won the first of her two Longchamp classics in 2018.
Since then Juddmonte produced Kingman, who was a huge success on the track.
The son of Invincible Spirit is among the top echelon of northern hemisphere stallions, and his $1.8 million colt from the Redoute’s Choice mare Florentina was another advertisement for his progeny.
The colt will be trained by Chris Waller.
The sale was great theatre at the Magic Millions Gold Coast complex. Coolmore were involved in a memorable bidding duel which consisted of 30 bids. James Harron was the underbidder on the colt.
Segenhoe Stud with manager Peter O’Brien praised the colt’s owner, John Camilleri, for his foresight in sending his regally bred mare Florentina to Europe for the mating with Kingman.
“We knew he was going to sell well. We knew every one of the big breeders liked him, but you never expect them to sell that well,” O’Brien said.