MV Magnier splashes out $2.4m on well-related War Front colt
'A lovely horse with all the right credentials'
A War Front colt became the new sale-topper at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale when Coolmore Stud's MV Magnier went to $2.4 million during Tuesday's second session.
Consigned by John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, the colt is out of the Grade 1-winning Smart Strike mare Streaming, a half-sister to stakes winners Treasuring and Cascading.
"He's a lovely horse with all the right credentials," Magnier said. "We'll bring him back to Ireland and hopefully he'll end up being a good one.
"He's by one of the best stallions in America and from one of the best families in America. It's a lot of money to pay for a horse but he deserved it. Let's hope we made the right decision."
The colt was bred in Kentucky by Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings and Stretch Run Ventures.
"When you sell a really high-end horse, it's just a matter of who teams up and we knew he had the potential to be a breakout horse but after a million dollars it's guess work," said John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale.
"The War Fronts are going very well; sire power, distaff, pedigree, quality physical horse, all the parts were there."
Alicia Wincze Hughes and Meredith Daugherty contributed to this report
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