When dressage superstar Totilas was sold in 2010, speculation was rife as to his price tag, with suggestions it was in the region of 10 million Euros. But now a showjumper has been sold for what's reputed to be an even bigger amount, which would make him the most expensive sport horse in the world.
Palloubet d'Halong, the former ride of Janika Sprunger, has been sold to Jan Tops for a reported 11 million Euros.
Former international showjumper Jan is the mastermind of the Global Champions Tour and the husband of Edwina Tops-Alexander, who rode for Australia at the London 2012 Olympics and is currently ranked 14th in the world.
The 10-year-old Selle Francais gelding Palloubet d'Halong has risen to the very top echelons of the sport in his four years with Swiss rider Sprunger. They finished second in the Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen this year, and seventh individually at the FEI European Jumping Championships in August.
It remains to be seen whether the chestnut gelding will have the same success with his new rider, as high-profile sales do not automatically guarantee results.
After Totilas was sold to Paul Schockemohle and Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff, the ride passed from Dutch rider Edward Gal to Germany's Matthias Rath.
The new partnership did not achieve the same high scores in competition as Totilas had regularly produced with his former rider. Following an injury to the black stallion during his covering duties, Rath and Totilas have not been seen at top competition since Hagen in April 2012.
Latest reports suggest Totilas won't return to the dressage arena until the 2014 season, with the long term goal of the Rio Olympics in 2016.