Melbourne Cup winning trainer Mark Kavanagh described Makybe Diva's daughter as "the nicest filly" he'd ever laid eyes on before shelling out $1,2 million for the filly at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale at Newmarket on Tuesday.
Bidding commenced on the daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus at $500,000 and increased in $50,000 increments until reaching $600,000 when it quickly skyrocketed with bids of $100,000 until Kavanagh was the last man standing.
"It's the nicest filly I've seen and I've had a bit of luck with the breed [Fusaichi Pegasus]," Kavanagh said. "She is a beautifully balanced filly with a lovely nature."
Kavanagh said it was the "most" he'd ever spent securing a yearling and added it was "unfair" to ask what he was willing to pay on behalf of two existing stable clients.
"There is still a piece swinging [for sale]," he said.
The chestnut filly was the second foal out the three time Melbourne Cup winning mare and Kavanagh said he'd been impressed by watching her brother by Galileo going through his paces for rival trainer Danny O'Brien.
"I'd been noting her brother going pretty well at Flemington," Kavanagh said.
O'Brien paid $1.5 million last year for the colt who remains unnamed.
Makybe Diva also has an Encosta De Lago weanling colt and is in foal to More Than Ready.
By Clinton Payne - www.racenet.com.au