A colt by champion sire Snitzel out of the speedy Ichihara heads the leader board at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney, fetching $2,8 million on the first day.
He was consigned by Corumbene Stud which owns his three-quarter brother Menari and bought by James Harron Bloodstock.
His price tag makes him the highest-priced yearling sold at auction in Australia this year and the most expensive by champion stallion Snitzel.
He will be trained by Peter and Paul Snowden.
“He's a very special horse,” Harron told Sky Racing.
“He's probably the best yearling I've seen for a very long time.
“He's got a beautiful pedigree, a beautiful physique and a temperament to match.”
The colt's dam Grito is a half sister to Sung, the dam of Saturday's Sires' Produce Stakes winner Microphone.
Of the 11 most expensive yearlings on the opening day, eight were colts and three were fillies.