As most of us slept last night, probably the two most expensive thoroughbreds on the planet were in the back of a truck heading along the narrow winding roads towards a small NSW country town called Jerrys Plains.
Between them, they are worth around $58 million.
They are of course racetrack superstars Justify and American Pharaoh and they have landed safely at Coolmore Australia to get ready for their southern hemisphere breeding season.
They both arrived in sensational health and took to the Aussie grass immediately.
And both have books of mares out of this world planned already.
They, both being Kentucky Derby winners, means Coolmore Australia will stand this year 2 x Kentucky Derby winners, alongside 2 x Cox Plate winners (Adelaide, So You Think), as well as 2 x Golden Slipper winners in Vancouver and Pierro, oh and perennial superstar Fastnet Rock is there also among a galaxy of star stallions.
Star mares already confirmed in the last month to Justify is the Gr 1 winner Savvy Coup, along with multiple Group winner Eckstein, Invincible Star who fetched $1.45million in May at sale, I’ll have A Bit who has earned $450,000 in prizemoney and Miss Que.
He will also cover dual Gr 1 winner Global Glamour.
Coolmore’s boss, Tom Magnier, teamed up with Baramul Stud’s Gerry Harvey and Bloodstock Agent James Bester, who bought Global Glamour as a yearling, to purchase the star mare from the Widden Stud draft back in May also, for $1.55 million in foal to Widden’s leading young sire Zoustar.
“She has a lot of quality,” a delighted Tom Magnier reported. “And she was a great race filly. Perfect for Justify.”
Magnier in May, also spent $875,000 for the mare Extra Olives, who is by Redoute’s Choice and in foal to I Am Invincible.
She too will visit Justify.