She Will Be Loved, purchased for $2.4 million, picture Magic Millions.
Hong Kong based Deborah Ho outbid the team from Patinack Farm to secure She Will Be Loved after a good old fashioned bidding duel at Wednesday's third session of the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.
Flanked by Trelawney Stud's Cherry Taylor, her long time friend and bloodstock agent, Ho went to $2.4 million to secure the Group winning Strategic mare who was confirmed to be carrying a colt by super sire Redoute's Choice.
Not long after the mare's price soared into seven figure territory, the fight for the more was down to two.
Ho and Taylor, seated immediately in front of the sale ring, were left holding the bid when auctioneer Clint Donavon brought the hammer down.
The Patinack team of Roger Langley, Andrew Bowcock and Brett Howard failed to big again and the mare had a new owner.
"She's a really lovely mare," Ho said. "She might only be a Group Two winner, but she's a beautiful mare and is carrying a colt by Redoute's Choice."
"She's a good type of mare and I was really keen to buy her," Ho added.
Taylor said Ho was delighted to be able to get one of her star offerings after a few close misses during the sale.
"We got El Pauji earlier in the day, but we were underbidders on Litter today and Divine Madonna on the first day," said Taylor.
"She Will Be Loved will go to Coolmore Stud now and foal down her colt and she'll be booked in again to Redoute's Choice," she added.
"She is a really lovely natured mare too - a real gem!"
From the family of Hong Kong's Group One winning sprinter All Thrills Too, She Will Be Loved has come a long way since being purchased by Henry Plumptre for $110,000 as a yearling.
On the track she scored an upset win in the Group Two Edward Manifold Stakes as a three-year-old.
Her other win, also at Flemington, was registered when a two-year-old.
She Will Be Loved is the second highest priced horse ever sold in the Magic Millions sale ring.
The highest price came on Monday when four time Group One winning mare Divine Madonna made $2.7 million to the bid of Bill Mitchell on behalf of Darley Australia.
The team from Patinack Farm bounced back from being the underbidders on She Will Be Loved by buying the sensationally related mare Volted In for $920,000 during the late stages of the third session.
A daughter of former champion sire and influential broodmare sire Rory's Jester, Volted In was the subject of major interest when the six-year-old entered the ring.
Carrying a positive test to Danehill's record breaking sire son Rock of Gibraltar, Volted In was catalogued for the auction by Kitchwin Hills and catalogued as Lot 1488.
A placegetter as a two-year-old Volted In is a half sister to Group One winners Drum and Anamato as well as the dams of fellow Group One winners Grand Armee and Dealer Principal.
Patinack Farm director Roger Langley said his team was thrilled to be able to secure the blue blooded mare for their growing band of broodmares.
"She's a really nice mare with a sensational pedigree," Langley said. "She's from one of the best families in the Stud Book."
"With her pedigree, she gives us great options with a number of our stallions."
He said the fact the mare was carrying an September foal by Rock of Gibraltar was an added bonus.
"Rock of Gibraltar is doing the job as a sire - he's got a great stakes winners to runners percentage," Langley added.
"And she's got a Red Ransom and two Redoute's Choice's coming through as well. There is plenty of upside."
Patinack Farm purchased a number of quality mares on Wednesday including last Saturday's Eagle Farm stakes winner Litter for $860,000, the proven stakes producer Our Side Show for $250,000 and Flying Spur's stakes winning daughter Oomph for $260,000.
Wednesday's purchases pushed the three day Patinack Farm buy to 24 mares at a spend of $4.494 million.
Team Patinack spent more than a million dollars more than the next biggest spending buyer - Hong Kong based breeder Deborah Ho who spent $3.48 million on four lots.
The statistics for the sale are as follows:
Lots Sold: 406
Sale Aggregate: $34,872,750
Average Price: $85,893
Top Price: $2,700,000
Lots Withdrawn: 99
Lots Passed: 132
Lots Catalogued: 637
Sold %: 75.5
LATEST SALE TOP SELLERS
$2,700,000 - Divine Madonna - FW Mitchell (Vic)
$2,400,000 - She Will Be Loved - Deborah Ho (NZ)
$1,050,000 - Shalt Not - Marcus Corban Bloodstock (NZ)
$1,000,000 - Musidora - Mark Pilkington Bloodstock (Vic)
$920,000 - Volted In - Patinack Farm Pty Ltd (Qld)
$875,000 - Zagalia - Magic Millions as agent (NSW)
$860,000 - Litter - Patinack Farm Pty Ltd (Qld)
$825,000 - They Say - Strawberry Hill Stud (NSW)
$500,000 - Sharp - Accomac Holdings Pty Ltd (NSW)
$490,000 - El Pauji - Deborah Ho (NZ)
$455,000 - Vegas Showgirl - Colm Santry Bloodstock (NSW)
$390,000 - Purde - Reavill Farm (NSW)
$340,000 - Armanjena - Deborah Ho (NZ)
$340,000 - Madam Bligh - Patinack Farm Pty Ltd (Qld)
$340,000 - Regard - Steve Brem (NSW)
$325,000 - Superfly - Blue Sky Thoroughbreds (Qld)
$310,000 - Diamond Cove - Steve Brem (NSW)
$310,000 - Harmony Hall - Robert Roulston Bloodstock (Vic)
$300,000 - Class Success - Belmont Bloodstock Agency (Vic)
(ranked by total spend)
$4,494,000 - Patinack Farm Pty Ltd (Qld) - 24 lots
$3,480,000 - Deborah Ho (NZ) - 4 lots
$2,700,000 - Darley Australia (NSW) - 1 lot
$1,487,000 - Marcus Corban Bloodstock (NZ) - 5 lots
$1,205,000 - Colm Santry Bloodstock (NSW) - 11 lots
$1,128,500 - Belmont Bloodstock Agency (Vic) - 11 lots
$1,005,000 - Strawberry Hill Stud (NSW) - 2 lots
$1,000,000 - Mark Pilkington Bloodstock (Vic) - 1 lot
$967,000 - Blue Sky Thoroughbreds (Qld) - 8 lots
$715,000 - Accomac Holdings Pty Ltd (NSW) - 3 lots
$655,500 - Steve Brem (NSW) - 3 lots
$555,500 - David Kirk (Qld) - 10 lots