Neigh High

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

With one sweep­ing glance he scanned all the faces sit­ting across the green patch and then chanted his bid call. “They sprint, they stay. Price­less as­set, ex­cel­lent art. I’m tak­ing (Rs) 6 lakh for this beau­ti­ful mem­ber of a fam­ily of clas­sic win­ners,” said the friendly auc­tion­eer as the in­di­vid­ual in ques­tion—a two-yearold bay colt—trot­ted around him on a sunny af­ter­noon at the Royal Western In­dia Turf Club this past week. It was the sec­ond an­nual horse auc­tion sale in Mum­bai since its come­back af­ter 20 years, and scores of en­thused bid­ders had made their way to Ma­ha­laxmi Race­course. The auc­tion­eer’s con­nec­tion with a bid­der can be a per­sonal one and of­ten a dash of hu­mour, friend­li­ness and the­atrics can en­cour­age that ex­tra bid. “Here’s some liq­uid nour­ish­ment for you as we keep giv­ing you spir­i­tual nour­ish­ment,” said the auc­tion­eer with a grin, as trays of beer and bub­bly went around them in cir­cles. “Now let’s see some hands go up,” he re­quested and then watched with both de­light and dis­may as a bunch of hands did

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