Jun 21, 2022

Gavin Sheehan (rider of Itchy Feet and Rouge Vif): “As times move forward, I think this is the best thing to do. You get a good viewing of the horse, you get everything you need, it’s brilliant and very convenient. You could be over in Barbados and bidding, and I think that’s the best thing about it.”    


Barry Geraghty (sourced Grandero Bello) said: "It was an easy recommendation for me to make to be honest. Grandero Bello is a nice individual with a good frame and plenty of size. It was great to see him win first time up and win ThoroughBid's £5,000 Point2Rules bonus, hopefully we can see him progress into a nice chaser in time - he's certainly got the build for it."


Michael Kehoe (sold Maskada for £80,000) said: “ThoroughBid was recommended to us by a close associate in the industry and we couldn’t be happier with the service, it was very professional, and I think as a concept it’s great. We’ll definitely use it again.”

Fergal O’Neill (sold Belfast Banter for £130,000) said: “Being able to sell the horse in its own sale on a specific date has worked well and I’ll definitely be looking to use ThoroughBid again.

“I have been particularly impressed with ThoroughBid’s marketing of the horse and the way they gave the sale such great exposure, it’s been phenomenal. Watching the bids online was a fun experience too and the website worked perfectly well - you couldn’t fault the product.”

David Mullins (Purchased Belfast Banter for £130,000) said: “Funnily enough, soon after I retired from riding, I was thinking about trying to setup something like ThoroughBid, but I just wasn’t in the right place to be doing it at the time. They seemed to have got off to a good start and it looks like the way forward for selling horses.”

Mick Appleby (Champion AW trainer) said: “It’s [ThoroughBid] a really good incentive and it should help attract more owners to have horses on the all-weather.

 “It’s also very welcoming to have ThoroughBid’s All-Weather Sale to look forward to in January, as usually if you’re looking for new horses around that time there isn’t a way to get them, especially not with a bonus attached.”

Charlie Hills (sold Shuraffa) said: “It came as a surprise just how enjoyable Sunday’s sale was. The process itself was very fun and watching the bids come through live throughout the day was a thrilling experience.

“We had hoped to get a good price for Shuraffa who is in foal after being covered by Muhaarar, the sire of this year’s British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes winner Eshaada, and we were not disappointed.

“I can’t wait to get involved in the next sale and am hoping to line up some lots.”

David Pipe (purchased Drag race) said: “I couldn’t be happier with my purchase on Sunday. This was my first experience of buying a horse with ThoroughBid and everything worked really well,”

"There was a good range of lots on there and hopefully Drag Race turns out to be a nice horse on the National Hunt circuit. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for future sales."

James Reveley (French Champion Jockey) said: “I’m really looking forward to working with ThoroughBid, it wasn’t a difficult decision to make when I first heard about their modern concept and efficient way of buying and selling racehorses.

“I can’t wait to get started and provide ThoroughBid’s future sales with quality French National Hunt pedigrees.”

Mark Gichero (sold Jolie Comtesse) 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!”

Patrick Harty (purchased Grandero Bello) said: “We were delighted to pick up Grandero Bello at the Christmas Sale and when it came to picking his first race, we were acutely conscious of ThoroughBid’s Point2Rules bonus.  

 “Trainers are creatures of habit, and we hope they’ll be some more nice types at the March sale, because the regular sales experience can be a bit of an all-day slog so to be able to bid from the comfort of your own office with a cup of coffee or glass of wine is no bad thing.”   


Dan Skelton (purchased Victory Club) said: “When I heard about ThoroughBid’s Point2Rules Bonus, it became mission number one to get a horse to win it with!


“What’s nice is that most people on ThoroughBid know each other, so if you are looking for more information about a lot then you can pick up the phone and have a chat whilst the bidding is going on. I think it’s got a good place in the industry.


“When I bought Victory Club I was in my slippers speaking to Harriet Dickin on the phone with six minutes to go. In this case, I could quickly nip over there and see him, but I watched the videos too and that would have been enough for me to have bought him anyway.


“It’s as easy as it appears. Register to bid, bid on the horse, pay for the horse, go and get the horse and then you’re done – it’s all very straightforward. I think it’s a really handy to platform, particularly as it’s far less restrictive than some of the traditional sales that take place at fixed times of the year.


“Outside the box thinking like this from ThoroughBid can only help the sport and the way in which we all do business.


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