Sep 15, 2021

ThoroughBid’s inaugural online auction sets promising foundations for future sales


Trueshan’s half-sister Jolie Comtesse topped the bill at ThoroughBid’s first sale on Sunday 12th September, with the online hammer coming down at £60,000.


The Evasive mare who is in foal to Planteur was one of seven completed sales, which included five horses in-training from the yards of Richard Hannon, Andrew Balding, Jamie Osborne, Jim Boyle and J Carayon.


The inaugural sale from ThoroughBid, UK racing’s first dedicated online auction house, saw horses being sold from the UK, Ireland and France. While one bidder from Kuwait, representing Future Racing, secured the Balding-trained Imperial Force, who finished third in the 2020 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, for £10,000.


Feedback from both vendors and buyers has been very complimentary, including Mark Gichero of MG Bloodstock, who acted as the agent for Jolie Comtesse. Gichero, said: “I am delighted with the sale of Jolie Comtesse and the overall experience using ThoroughBid was great.

“It was exciting to see the bids fly in throughout the day and I even ended up buying one for myself!” - Gichero purchased Demonstration, a Stakes placed filly in-training in France.


Will Kinsey, co-founder of ThoroughBid, said: “We are delighted with the way our first ever auction has gone. It produced a good price for an exciting top lot in Jolie Comtesse, several happy trainers and hopefully some even happier new owners.


“We’re particularly pleased at seeing the international bidders from Ireland, France and Kuwait, and we’ve had some very positive feedback from all of the trainers who sold horses on Sunday too.


“From a technical perspective everything ran very smoothly, the interest and awareness of ThoroughBid appears to be growing every day, and we’re already planning a second sale.”


The second-highest price paid was for Lot 7, Kilbarchan. The five-year-old Jukebox Jury mare, in-foal to Blue Bresil, was picked up for £21,000 by former point-to-point champion jockey Richard Burton.


Burton, said: “I have recently set up a small business called Longner Bloodstock to run a few mares and foals from the farm at home. Will [Kinsey] suggested I take a look at her as she is by a very popular stallion in Jukebox Jury and has a very commercial cover by Blue Bresil. I liked what I saw and was delighted to get her. All being well, the plan will be to sell the stock either as foals or as stores.”


For all of the results from Sunday’s first ThoroughBid auction, visit:

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