It’s very rare to see dams from Derby winners available on the open market, especially a mare that has produced a dam that scored in the Irish equivalent, but that’s exactly what happened with Harzand’s dam Hazariya during the second select session at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale.
M.V. Magnier of Coolmore and Sheikh Fahad got into a bidding war for Harzand’s dam, with the former edging out the latter with a winning bid of 2 million guineas ($2,625,000).
“She’s a lovely mare; any mare that breeds a Derby winner is special,” said Magnier. “Dermot Weld was also praising her 2-year-old (Haripour) to me. We’ll bring her home and she’ll go to Galileo. She’s for my parents, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Mayfair Speculators.”
Vendor Newsells Park Stud purchased the 14-year-old daughter of Xaar at Goffs in 2015 for €480,000 ($600,000), so they saw a nice return on their initial investment.
“She was good commercial business. She’s a lovely mare who has been a pleasure and a privilege to look after the past couple of years,” said Newsells Park General Manager Julian Dollar. “The guys at the farm have done a lovely job with her; she looked a picture. We’ve got two lovely fillies to race out of her and we wish the team at Coolmore all the best. She’s going to good hands.
“The (Investec) Derby (Eng-I) victory changed the whole thing and we felt she was a 14-year-old mare. It was now or never; it was this year or we keep her. We’re a self-sufficient operation, we don’t get any injection of funds and we have to make it work. As sad as it was, it makes a lot of sense to put her through the ring.”