The promising Classical Wave headed the Tattersalls Online May Sale on Tuesday when selling to Oliver St Lawrence on behalf of Fawzi Nass for 240,000gns.
A three-parts brother to Weekender, Classical Wave was previously trained by Henri Devin in France before transferring to the yard of Peter Charalambous in Newmarket.
Under Charalambous’ care, Classic Wave won his first two starts on the all-weather earlier this year before finishing second at Lingfield last month.
After that run, Classical Wave was first past the post in a 1m2f handicap at Windsor but was judged to have interfered with Maiden Castle and was subsequently disqualified and placed second.
Speaking to the Racing Post Highfield Bloodstock’s James Clutterbuck said: “It’s brilliant, although it’s sad at the same time as I helped his trainer Peter Charalambous all the way through, but it is what it is and it’s what he was bought for. It’s been a massive team effort and Charlie [Pigram, part owner] is over the moon.
“He’ll go to Roger Varian for Fawzi Nass. He was bought to do exactly what he’s done and he’s done it. People have tried so hard to buy him since winning his first race and none of them offered anywhere near what we got today.”
St Lawrence added: “He’s been purchased on behalf of Fawzi Nass with the Bahrain International and the King’s Cup next year in mind. He looks a progressive horse and he may have a run or two in Britain. It’s the first time I’ve used Tattersalls Online and I found the whole process very easy and efficient.”
The Listed-winning National Hunt mare Vegas Blue, offered in foal to Nathaniel, went the way of Coolmara Stables’ Kieran Mariga during the auction.
Maria said: “The mare was bred a mile away from us and has a good pedigree with siblings including a full-brother to come. She’s obviously a Listed winner which we try to buy and I thought her cover by Nathaniel was a great cover and am delighted with our purchase.”
In total, 19 lots sold for 493,8000gns with the number of registered bidders increasing 29 per cent on the previous online sale.
Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony added: “The Tattersalls Online platform continues to grow with a new record for a colt/gelding in training of 240,000gns for Classical Wave and a head-to-head battle between Middle Eastern and Australian interests.
“The number of interested bidders continues to increase as does the quality and the quantity of the horses on offer.
“This is only the fourth Tattersalls Online Sale and the positive response from both vendors and purchasers is encouraging for the future development of Tattersalls Online Sales which have already clearly demonstrated their appeal to domestic and international buyers.”