A world record fee has been paid for a one-year-old filly which became the most expensive horse in history.
Qatari Sheikh Joann Al Thani successfully bid five million guineas (£5.25 million) for the yearling filly at the Tattersalls bloodstock auction in Newmarket.
The as-yet-unnamed filly is the daughter of the most sought-after stallion on the planet, 2001 Derby winner Galileo and Alluring Park, and became the most expensive horse of any age sold at public auction in Europe, beating a record set in 2006 by Magical Romance (4.6m guineas).
Sheikh Al Thani, son of the Emir of Qatar, was much taken by her pedigree, being a sister of 2012 Epsom Oaks winner Was.
He managed to see off Coolmore's John Magnier in the bidding as he flexed his financial muscle.
The agent who bought the filly on the Sheikh's behalf, Mandore International's Nicolas de Watrigant, said she will be trained in France by 24-time champion trainer Andre Fabre.
"She is a magnificent specimen," he said. "We bought her sister last year and we think she could be special.
"We didn't want to miss this one - let's hope she is the next Treve.
"We didn't expect to pay that sort of price, but Al Shaqab Racing is keen to invest.
"She goes into training with Monsieur Fabre."
Al Thani is an emerging powerhouse of the turf and also owns both Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe-winner Treve and top miler Toronado.
Treve was ridden to victory last weekend by French jockey Thiery Jarnet as her latest victory saw her emulate Zarkava's 2008 feat of winning the French Oaks, Prix Vermeille and Arc all in the same season.