The first foal by leading racehorse Frankel to be auctioned is among the lots on offer at a thoroughbred sale at Kensington Palace in London next week.
The Goffs London Sale in association with Qipco, on Monday, June 16 at The Orangery at Kensington Palace is now at full capacity, the auctioneer says.
Horses will not be parading around the city grounds, instead going through their paces at Kempton Park Racecourse on June 14 from 10.30am, with footage shown in real time on big screens at The Orangery as well as online at goffs.com. Horses will be available for inspection at Kempton Park over the weekend, and on the day of the sale.
Bid-spotters at Kempton will be located to relay any bids live to the auctioneer at The Orangery. All breeze up horses and several of the Horses In Training will be paraded at Kempton during the sale.
Goffs Chief Executive Henry Beeby said the excitement in the build up to the Goffs London Sale had been phenomenal. He said there were excellent unraced two-year-olds (“breezers”) and horses in training on offer, as well as the lifetime breeding rights to Invincible Spirit, and the first time a Frankel foal had been offered for sale anywhere in the world.
“While we are delighted that this unique sale has generated such enthusiasm around the world, we are limited under Palace guidelines in terms of the numbers that can attend the venue but will, of course, ensure that all potential bidders are properly accommodated,” Beeby said.
A limited number of places at Kensington Palace are reserved for pre-approved potential buyers.
Qipco Holding is a private investment company owned by members of the Qatar royal family, including Sheikh Fahad bin Abdullah bin Khalifa al Thani, whose Qatar Racing operation has been one of the world’s biggest investors in the thoroughbred industry in recent times.
Sheikh Fahad is also involved with the breeding of racehorses through his Pearl Bloodstock operation.