Toby Jones has joined the Auctav online auction platform as a bloodstock agent with an emphasis on horses-in-training selection, the company announced on Tuesday. The Englishman, who moved to France 20 years ago where his parents run a stud farm with around 10 National Hunt mares, first gained experience with Julian Ince at Haras du Logis and then with Jean-Marc Lucas at Haras du Berlais. He then began to operate as a bloodstock agent and bought his first horse for a client in 2006.
“We are very happy Toby Jones joins us,” said Auctav General Manager Arnaud Angeliaume in a statement. “When we were looking for a bloodstock agent, we were delighted to be contacted by Toby Jones. We knew he was already convinced by the Auctav concept since he was one of our first buyers. His arrival is great news: Toby will focus on the selection of horses in training.”
“I liked the professionalism of Auctav with its platform and its team,” said Jones. “Online sales are still new and some buyers are still in observation mode towards this type of auction, so there is a lot of potential. In France, where there are few sales of horses in training, I find that this gives everyone the opportunity to be able to sell their horses at the best time. Covid has prompted auction houses to increase online sales, but today it is part of the landscape and it can bring new owners to the game through this method of purchase.”