"We have a big opinion of him," says Browne, who will offer seven juveniles, "and he didn't disappoint out there. He breezed very well and did a quick time - one of the quickest of the day I believe."He added: "Ascot [last week] was alright for me. I wouldn't say it was special. But this is a very different sale. It can be a difficult sale - if you don't make the top 15 per cent, it can be tricky. Sometimes here, it's easier to get 200,000gns for a horse than it is 50,000gns. For some reason, the man in the street doesn't want to come here."
"Lonhro was certainly on my radar when I went to Keeneland last year," says Jim McCartan, the vendor of Lightning Thunder and Moheet at this sale in recent years. "I was pleased with the way my colt breezed yesterday. He's still a bit babyish but I thought he was stylish."
"I thought the breeze-ups were getting a bit of a bad press," says Marnane, "and people were starting to put too much emphasis on the clock. The proof is in the pudding - we've had 18 Group 1 horses and 79 stakes runners."We have a very good team of people at home. Year in year out we've had good horses. Last year, it was Robin Of Navan and First Selection and neither were hugely expensive horses."
He adds: "The Helmet colt (39) did a fast time. He's a big, strong, good moving colt. The Kodiac (38) is a really nice colt. The Exchange Rate colt (65) is the first foal out of a good mare [Listed winner Miss Liberty] and is going down well. And the Invincible Spirit filly (53) breezed well and is a nice filly. We've had a lot of his good fillies, including Fleeting Spirit."We knew we had some nice horses coming in and we're happy with the way they breezed."
"Delighted to get him," said Ryan, who bought The Grey Gatsby with Stephen Hillen off Grove Stud at Arqana in 2013. "He's a horse with a lovely action and a great mind - every time we went to see him, he was laid back."Mr Rahman has a number of horses with me and doesn't pressure you to anything quickly with the horses. Hopefully he'll have a couple of runs this year but he's been bought for a three-year-old career in mind."
"He's a very nice horse who breezed very well," said Ferguson. "He's by a stallion who's had two winners already and I'm delighted to have him. We'll decide at the end of the week where he'll go."
"He's been bought for Shadwell and hopefully he can take us to some fancy places," said Crisford. "He breezed very well and looked to have a very good mind."The mare was very good and it's a young family. More Than Ready over Street Cry - it was all looking good."
"He's been bought for Coolmore but I'm not sure who will train him yet," said McCalmont. "He's such a big powerful horse but he walked around there very calmly, nothing fazed him. He's a lovely colt."
"This has been a lucky sale for Mr Araci," said Speers. "Native Khan, who ran third in the 2,000 Guineas, came out of this sale as did [Group 3 winner] Chigun - two proper Group horses."This colt has size and strength and did a very professional breeze. We were underbidder on his winning three-year-old half-brother [Le Juge], so it's a family we know well."He has been bought with the longer term in mind and it's a stallions page. We hope he will develop into a Classic prospect."