A full-brother to Secret Gesture set a new European record for a yearling sold at auction as John Magnier paid 3.6million guineas at Tattersalls in Newmarket on Tuesday.

The colt, bred by Newsells Park Stud, attracted an opening bid of 1m gns, but it was Magnier who emerged on top after first David Redvers, then owner Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, tried to secure the son of Galileo.

"He has the pedigree, he ticks all the right boxes, he is by Galileo out of a Danehill mare - let's hope he has an engine," said MV Magnier, the Coolmore supremo's son.

"Galileo, of course, speaks for himself, but you'd never think you'd have to go that far."

River Dancer, who set the previous yearling record when he changed hands for 3.4m guineas at this sale in 2000, won a Leopardstown maiden and the Group 3 Prix La Force at Chantilly when he ran under the tutelage of Aidan O’Brien as Diaghilev.

His biggest win came in the Group 1 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup at Sha Tin in Hong Kong.

The son of Saddler’s Wells never recouped his purchase price on the racecourse and missed out on a chance at a stud career after being gelded.