“Trade has been amazing considering that, 48 hours before the sale, people thought the place was going to implode. But it took off on Tuesday morning and the clearance rate is great, even though the point-to-point boys are not buying as many, which is a good thing for the industry. There is very little not making its price at all levels.

“The pedigrees are lovely. It’s not that my clients are specifically looking for French horses. What is happening is that French horses are doing well and Irish pinhookers are cherrypicking the best young stock from France and that’s what’s here.” - Tom Malone, bloodstock agent