To date, the only sire to break the pounds 1m barrier is last year's leading second-crop sire, Rock Of Gibraltar
Martin Hannan, author of the book Rock Of Gibraltar
, explained: "I've said it before and I'll say it again - Sir Alex made totally the wrong decision.
The Master of Ballydoyle has already won the race four times, with Desert King (1997), Saffron Walden ('99), Black Minnaloushe (2001) and Rock Of Gibraltar
Unlike Rock Of Gibraltar
, Gatwick does not carry Ferguson's own colours,but runs in the silks of syndicate manager Henry Ponsonby.
Rock Of Gibraltar
, who carried Ferguson's red and white colours to a recordbreaking seven successive Group One races, has been retired to Coolmore Stud in Ireland.
Last night, one leading breeder said: "It is perfectly feasible that when Rock of Gibraltar
showed his early potential the Magniers will have offered to buy Sir Alex's half share - say for pounds 1million.
MICK KINANE experienced the ups and downs of racing as High Chaparral succeeded where Rock of Gibraltar
so narrowly failed with a hard-fought win at the Breeders' Cup in Arlington on Saturday night.
The Irishman was full of praise for Rock of Gibraltar
ALL EYES will be on Rock of Gibraltar
tonight as he bids to end his racing career on the biggest high in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Arlington, Chicago.
It has to be ROCK OF GIBRALTAR
even though stall 10 is hardly the best of draws for Fergie's moneyspinner.
HISTORY has rarely been so easily made as when Rock Of Gibraltar
cantered to victory in the Entenmann's Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh yesterday.
Rock of Gibraltar
is owned by Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson.
Della Francesca, who won an allowance race earlier this year at the Gulfstream Park Winter Meet ran 3rd last year to Rock of Gibraltar
in the Group 1 Irish 2000 Guineas.
The Rock Of Gibraltar
colt, also runner-up in last year's Champion Stakes, was sold out of Ballydoyle for an undisclosed fee at the end of last season.
But their feud over wonder horse Rock Of Gibraltar
nearly brought Ferguson down when Magnier and his business partner, JP McManus, started asking awkward questions about the way United ran their business.