Coolmore snare Shout The Bar for $2.7 million at Inglis Chairman’s Sale

Coolmore’s insatiable appetite to find high-class mares to join their powerful broodmare band hit another level at the Inglis Chairman’s Sale on Friday night when the powerhouse breeding operation’s Tom Magnier purchased dual Group 1-winning mare Shout The Bar (Not A Single Doubt) for an eye-watering $2.7 million.

The mare has been bought for Coolmore’s exciting new stallion Home Affairs (I Am Invincible) – who like Shout The Bar herself – is the winner of two Group 1s and like the stallion she is destined to be covered by, the mare will be given a chance to add more riches to her record with Magnier revealing she will stay in training before retiring to Coolmore at the end of the season.

With Glenesk Thoroughbreds’ Brett Howard looking on from the vendors’ box, the daughter of Not A Single Doubt had barely entered the ring before the bidding board had the magic $1 million mark across it and that continued to steadily climb as Magnier and various underbidders battled for the right to take the mare home.

However, as is mostly always the case at the Sales, Magnier was not in the mood to go home empty handed, showing the sort of fighting spirit that we have become accustomed to expect from Shout The Bar herself on the track and after a spirited bidding war the Coolmore boss was able to outlast his rivals, looking relieved when the gavel fell in his favour.

“We are delighted to get her. She was the standout mare in the catalogue and we have a great crew of clients and investors and they want to buy the best mares for Home Affairs,” said Magnier. “We are on the lookout for him and that’s what we want to do.”

Magnier confirmed the Chris Waller-trained Home Affairs was set for a trip to England, with the G1 Platinum Jubilee S. at Royal Ascot lying in wait and he will look to emulate his future barnmate Merchant Navy, who landed the race – when it was known as the Golden Jubilee S. – in 2019.

“We spoke to Chris (Waller) this morning, the horse is going to Royal Ascot. It is a huge ask of him, but it is really exciting for him to get the chance. We race him with a great bunch of clients, so to get a mare like this is really exciting. Like the old saying goes: `To get the best, you have to breed them to the best,’” said Magnier.

“The plan is to race Shout The Bar in Queensland and she will then go back to the farm and when Home Affairs comes back from his European campaign they will have a date in the breeding barn.”

Trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and, Shout The Bar is out of the winning mare Drinks All Round (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}) and she derives from the same family as dual Group 1 winner Rangirangdoo (NZ) (Pentire {GB}) and Howard said he was honoured to be entrusted with the mare.

“You never know when they walk into the ring how it is going to go. But she is a queen and certainly the most outstanding mare we have been privy to take to an auction and it is good to see the owners rewarded,” said Howard, who who was involved in the selection and purchase of Shout The Bar as a yearling.

“It is a real privilege for both myself and Rachael and our team to be entrusted with a mare like that and to get a result like that it is very fulfilling.

“We are grateful to Coolmore, they have bought themselves a bloody nice mare. We are also grateful to Duncan Grimley and to Yoshida, who I think were the underbidders, and I am disappointed for them that they didn’t manage to get her, but I am grateful to Tom and I am looking forward to seeing the Home Affairs yearling in a couple of years’ time.”

Glenesk Thoroughbreds finished the Sale as the leading vendors by average (with three or more lots sold), selling four mares for $3,955,000 at average of $988,750.

Copy: Thoroughbred Daily News Au / NZ

Images: Inglis

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