The big question on Tuesday morning, as it always is I suppose on day one of this sale is will the big spenders spend big?
Reportedly Aidan O'Brien and MV Magnier have been running an eye over a few whilst Sheikh Mohammed was also in town. The effects of Covid-19 and the subsequent financial downturn globally, including of course the far smaller prize-money pots in racing itself this season, have led to a marked drop in bloodstock valuations. Add in a bit of Brexit and things could look bleak for those selling but with the big players prowling about vendors had some hope this morning that a few Guineas may be coming their way.
Day one has ATTRACTED some big bids – that pun will make a little more sense later in the post.
Highlights so far on day one are a full-brother to Elarqam (Frankel colt out of Attraction) who became the first seven-figure yearling at this year's sale knocked down to Godolphin's representative Anthony Stroud for 1,100,000 Guineas.
This was followed by what was described as ‘A titanic bidding war between Godolphin and Coolmore’ with team Godolphin making the winning bid of 2,100,000 Guineas for a Dubawi colt out of Cushion, a G.3-winning daughter of Attraction.
Both lots were consigned by Floors Stud, they are having a very good day!