"We've felt all along that it's a good catalogue," says Tattersalls' marketing director Jimmy George. "The quality of European stallions has been as strong as it's ever been and when you have so many of those horses catalogued to one sale, it is going to attract leading buyers from around the world."
Tattersalls have paid out 31 bonuses so far this year, starting back on May 1 when the classy Global Applause won his debut at Newmarket for Dr Johnny Hon, a new owner to British racing.
Bonuses have been won since then by a wide variety of horses. Seven cost 50,000gns or below, including 32,000gns yearling Kilmah, the Prestige Stakes winner who paid for herself in one swoop when successful on her debut at Newmarket.
"There's no doubt that it was well received," says Jimmy George. "But the idea of winning an extra £25,000 was always going to go down well - at the very least that pays a chunk of the training fees and in some cases they paid for themselves. The great thing is that so many of them were bought for 100,000gns or less."
At stud, Milligram was sent to a variety of American and British stallions, to whom she foaled five minor winners from 11 foals. One daughter, Alligram, did come up with the Sun Chariot Stakes winner Kissogram in her first year at stud but today, the line is at its most healthiest through Millennium Dash. By Nashwan, and therefore bred along similar lines to One So Wonderful, she won over 1m2f for Luca Cumani before running down the field on her third and final start in the Princess Royal Stakes.
"She went to Montjeu in his first season and bred Dash To The Top, who ran second in the Yorkshire Oaks and third in the Fillies Mile."
Just days after Dash To The Top had run so well behind Playful Act at Ascot, Meon Valley offered her Diktat half-sister here in Book 1. Despite the update, however, they brought her home when bidding stalled at 75,000gns.
Named Dash To The Front and sent to James Fanshawe, she went on to win the Warwickshire Oaks.
Exactly the same auction fate befell her daughter Speedy Boarding when she came up for sale here three years ago; offered in Book 1, she was bought back for 95,000gns.
"Speedy Boarding was a lovely yearling but wasn't a precocious, two-year-old type," says Weinfeld. "She had a page to start off with, a bonus, so we decided to retain her."
A career in the paddocks now beckons for Speedy Boarding as it does for last year's Prix de la Nonette winner Jazzi Top, who was retired due to injury earlier this year.
The stud is already home to ten members of the One In A Million clan, which also remains home to Dash To The Front, Dash To The Top and Millennium Dash. Milligram died last year at the great age of 31.
"It's wonderful for a vendor to receive a Group 1 update like that," said Gold. "He's immature but a lovely, athletic colt and Sheikh Hamdan liked him a lot. He's by a stallion that we all know about and let's hope we can do as well with the Frankels as everyone else."
"Alfawaris ran very well at Newbury," said Gold. "It was a good performance considering it was his first run and the fact he'd only been in training since May."
We have a nice Frankel filly with David O'Meara," said Foley. "She hasn't run yet but she's nice. We bought another nice Frankel filly at Goffs last week, she's out of Ramruma. I don't think you can have enough Frankels. He's putting an engine into them, and doing things we haven't seen before."She'll go back to Ballyhane to be broken and then we'll decide from there where she'll go."
"Dubawi now has stock on the ground out of mares who are truly exceptional," said Ferguson. "And the situation with this colt is that he's the second foal out of a Coronation Stakes winner."He's a wonderfully balanced, athletic horse. One of the best Dubawis here - top of the range. So he was a horse that was always going to make a lot of money.'
“They were here to be sold and had extremely realistic reverses," said his breeder Philippa Cooper. "I don’t think people quite believed the reserves when they were on the market. No running-up, totally out there and above board.
“I’m so proud for all the others, I know how much it means to the Norrises and how much it means to my team at home, most of which are back home grafting.”
“Fallen For You has a Frankel colt foal and is back in foal to Dubawi. I’ll keep the Frankel colt because I’ve had two mares abort to him. I’ve got a live foal now and I think I deserve to race him.
Asked how she would feel watching him race in someone else’s colours, she said: “I’m so pleased someone else can risk it! I couldn’t afford to keep him. I’ve got 1.1million in nominations to pay this week."
"Make no mistake, 525,000gns is a lot of money," said Goff. "But the reality is that she's a Galileo half-sister to a Classic winner and out of a Rainbow Quest mare. It's a great family."She's not a giant but then she's a May foal. And I thought she was the most magnificent mover. She's come from a great farm and I'm delighted to have bought her."
"He's always been a nice colt," said stud manager Julian Dollar following the sale. "Giants Play was the last horse we bought before Mr Jacobs passed away. She was useful for Sir Michael Stoute and then for Christophe Clement in the US."We took the decision not to offer her first foal Playful Sound. Hopefully, she'll run in the Pride Stakes and I suspect she'll stay in training. I know Sir Michael likes her. It's a very progressive family."
"She's for an international breeder based in the southern hemisphere," said de Burgh. "It's such an international family - you have top horses in the northern hemisphere and absolute champions in the southern hemisphere. The industry is so global nowadays that it makes sense to have a global family."Galileo is also making the most incredible mark as a broodmare sire. You know, unless you have one, you're really not going anywhere. So she has incredible residual value and is a lovely filly herself."
"They're both for Sheikh Obaid," said Varian. "He's a very enthusiastic owner and is enjoying his racing. If he's good enough, it's a good stallions pedigree."