Racing: Spinning Queen breaks sales record

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Spinning Queen, who caused a surprise last month when winning the Group One Sun Chariot Stakes as the 12-1 outsider of the field, created another stir in Newmarket last night when she became the most expensive filly ever sold at public auction in Europe.

The three-year-old went under the hammer for 3m guineas, sold to the bloodstock agent James Wigan who was acting on behalf of an undisclosed buyer.

She is the second most expensive horse sold in Europe, after a Sadler's Wells yearling colt that reached 3.4m guineas in 2000.