It’s the equine sale of the century, where the rich and famous gather to spend over $1 million a time on horses and rub shoulders with royalty in the grounds of the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. CNN has reported that The Goffs London Sale has become the unofficial curtain riser to Royal Ascot, as well as a who’s who of the horse-racing world and prospective horse owners. Last year, 33 countries were represented at the sale and winning bidders have the unique chance to see their new purchase run in their own colors at the ensuing Royal Ascot.
Henry Beeby is the chief executive of Goffs and will be the auctioneer-in-chief on Monday night at the orangery at Kensington Palace, situated in the heart of London.
“This is a sale like no other,” he explains.
“It’s unique in that we have horses with 19 entries into Royal Ascot, so you can have a horse run in your colors as soon as 24 hours later in some cases.
“Also, it’s not in the countryside but in the heart of London, in the grounds of a Royal Palace. Previously, we’ve had Princess of Michael of Kent here and she’s been invited again so it’s a chance to mix with royalty. It really is the most glamorous bloodstock sale in the world.”
Now in its fourth year, none of the lots have yet spawned a winner in the immediate days afterward at Ascot, although Beeby is hopeful “this year’s the year.”
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