Bidding war looms over Ouija’s colt

By DAVID MILNES

Last updated at 00:45 28 June 2007


Ouija Board will be

harbouring a cargo that

could smash all records

in the sales ring when

she returns from America

next month.

Scans have confirmed that Lord

Derby's mare, who retired in December

after winning seven Group One

races, is carrying a colt by Kingmambo.

Her first foal could spark a bidding

war between rivals Coolmore and the

Maktoums in 2009.

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Lord Derby

As a commercial breeder, Lord

Derby was always likely to sell any

male offspring and he was shrewd to

send Ouija Board to Kentucky-based

Kingmambo.

The stallion is neither owned or

part-owned by the Maktoums or

Coolmore, so his stock are fair game

for both parties in the sales ring

where, on the whole, each organisation

currently boycotts each others'

produce.

Kingmambo's stock are enjoying a

good year on the racecourse, with Epsom Oaks winner Light Shift,

trained by Henry Cecil, leading the

way.

Lord Derby said: "Ouija Board is in

colt to Kingmambo and is currently

in isolation in Kentucky. She is due

to return to the Britain on July 15.

We believe she is carrying a colt foal

and in the past we have predominantly

sold the colts and kept the

fillies."

Bloodstock agent David Metcalfe

said: "If everything is in the

right place confirmation wise, a

colt such as this could make as

much as £10million in the sales

ring.

"Kingmambo is a top sire and

Ouija Board, apart from her exploits

on the track, comes from an excellent

family."

The current world record price for

a horse sold at public auction is the

$16m (about £8m) that Coolmore

paid for The Green Monkey in

Florida last spring.

He is set to make his much postponed

debut in the US shortly.

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