Irish Oaks winner Chicquita going through the ring on FridayPICTURE: Patrick McCann
Irish Oaks winner Chicquita sells for €6m
IRISH OAKS winner Chicquita on Friday night became the most expensive horse ever sold at auction in Ireland when selling for €6,000,000 to bloodstock agents Peter and Ross Doyle.
Chiquita was the star lot on offer as part of the dispersal of owner Paul Makin's horses in training, mares, foals and yearlings.
The three-year-old filly was last seen defeating Venus De Milo in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh in July and was also second to subsequent Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Treve in the Prix de Diane.
Bidding started at €3,000,000 for the filly, who had been trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre, and rocketed up to the record figure in front of a packed auction ring.
Peter Doyle, who works with his son Ross, made the final bid taking instructions from an undisclosed client on the phone.
Doyle has been purchasing for big-spending owner Sheikh Joaan Al Thani this year and has a long association with Richard Hannon, who will be handing over his training licence to his son Richard jnr in January, buying the likes of Canford Cliffs and Paco Boy.
Peter Doyle said: "She's a lovely filly, the jewel in the crown. She could race on, the possibility is there."