Meanwhile at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale, two-time winner La Isla Mujeres, by Lope De Vega, realised 330,000gns to Jason Kelly and Paddy Twomey.

“Imperium was something I’d wanted to do for a long time,” says Elliott. “One thing that doing so much work in the States taught me is that presenting horses well is invaluable.

“I’d seen other agents Brad Weisbord [of ELiTE Sales] and Jacob West [of Highgate Sales] do it in the US. So I’d had it in my mind to do it for a while – I just wanted to have a group of horses to be proud of. I said to my assistant Lucy Ryan ‘I want to do this’ and she just got it done. Lucy is a massive part of everything. When I started buying a lot of yearlings, she came to be via Mathilde Texier and she’s been a game changer. There’s a lot of admin and she thinks two steps ahead for me the whole time.”

Several of the draft have already gone on to acquit themselves well. They include Redemption Time, who won the Binaa Cup in Bahrain for Al Adiyat Racing following his sale for 150,000gns to SackvilleDonald.

He adds: “All I wanted to do was train and that night, to put your own brand on there and watch them walk up there, that was just as close as I’ll get to training. That was a proud moment, especially for the team as a whole. It was like everything had finally come together in a way.”