Record-priced yearling Parabellum off the mark at Saint-Cloud
The Dubawi colt sold for €2.6 million at Arqana in 2015
Parabellum, the most expensive horse ever sold at Arqana, went some way to justifying his €2.6 million price tag when the three-year-old got off the mark at the third attempt, winning in impressive fashion in a 1m4f maiden at Saint-Cloud on Thursday.
Former Godolphin chief executive John Ferguson was the man responsible for parting with that record sum for the Dubawi colt, who fetched over €1m more than the second-top lot at the 2015 Arqana August Yearling Sale.
Parabellum was bred by the famed French nursery Ecurie Des Monceaux and Lady O'Reilly's Skymarc Farm out of Pacifique, a Group 3-winning daughter of Montjeu out of Monceaux's foundation mare Platonic.
Pacifique's siblings include the Listed-winning Dansili mare Prudenzia, who has produced four successive seven-figure yearlings, among them 2013 Irish Oaks winner Chicquita - who went on to become the most expensive thoroughbred ever sold in Ireland when she realised €6m to the bid of Peter and Ross Doyle when offered as part of the Paulyn Dispersal at Goffs.
Parabellum was not the only sale-topping son of Dubawi to run on Thursday, as Being There, the €1.4m top lot from last year's Goffs Orby Sale made his debut at Newbury. The two-year-old colt, out of French Classic winner Beauty Parlour - a daughter of Deep Impact, showed clear signs of ability amidst greenness, but ultimately had to give best to 80-1 shot Bullington Bandit.