MICHAEL Donohoe has a CV as a bloodstock agent that screams expertise, know-how and bang for your buck, and the secret undoubtedly lies in his upbringing.

The 39-year-old enjoyed a holistic education in horses as the son of Edward and Catherine Donohoe, who established Goresbridge Horse Sales in 1968. Hearing the auctioneer’s gavel is one of his earliest memories and he was stuck in the middle of it as soon as he could walk.