"Mystery buyer Louis Bloodstock made an eyebrow-raising splash at the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale in June when the hitherto unknown identity purchased a grand total of 22 yearling fillies for just shy of A$1 million (£588,000/€688,000), to be named the leading buyer at the season-ending auction on the Gold Coast.
However, it now transpires that the figure behind the free-spending Louis Bloodstock outfit is former Magic Millions and Torryburn Stud owner Rob Ferguson - and he is selling all 22 fillies having purchased them during what he described as a ‘medical episode’.
Ferguson, who suffers from a lung condition, was in the midst of being taken off a course of steroids by his doctor, the side-effects of which can be an experience of ‘invulnerability’ and ‘euphoria’.
“It was like having been at the Magic Millions bar all day and then deciding to buy some horses. It felt like a great idea at the time,” Ferguson said, who revealed he conjured up the name ‘Louis Bloodstock’ as it derives from the name of his dog, Louis."