Irish Yearling Sales Relocate To England
21 August 2020
Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions in place in Ireland, yearling sales traditionally held at Tattersalls Ireland and Goffs will this year take place in England. This once-off move aims to provide greater access for overseas buyers and an optimal market place for vendors in unprecedented circumstances.
The Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale is to be relocated from Tattersalls Ireland in Fairyhouse to Tattersalls UK in Newmarket. The 630-lot sale will take place as scheduled from Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 September.
The Goffs Orby Sale will be held at Goffs UK in Doncaster on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 October. The Sportsman’s Sale, which normally follows on from the Orby, will be held a week earlier on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 September, again in Doncaster.
Commenting on the change of location for the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale, Tattersalls Ireland CEO Matt Mitchell said:
“The decision to relocate the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale to the Tattersalls headquarters in Newmarket has not been an easy one, but the sale traditionally attracts large numbers of overseas visitors and at present Britain, while also being the source of many of our buyers, is significantly more accessible than Ireland. The primary objective at Tattersalls Ireland since the outbreak of the global pandemic has been to deliver sales which combine the minimum of disruption with the optimal conditions for both vendors and purchasers alike. We are confident that, bearing in mind the prevailing COVID-19 related restrictions in Ireland, this difficult decision allows us to fulfil this objective and to provide as vibrant a market as we possibly can.”
Commenting on the change of dates and location for the Goffs Orby and Sportsman's Sales, Goffs Group Chief Executive, Henry Beeby said:
“Naturally our first preference would have been to hold what is the flagship Irish National Yearling Sale in Kildare Paddocks but, given the current issues caused by Covid-19, we judge that is not in the best interests of our vendors who have supported us with a stellar selection of wonderful yearlings. Our job is to attract the widest and most diverse group of buyers to our sales and we feel that can best be achieved in 2020 by moving our yearling sales to our UK site as a one-off to deal with the uniquely challenging problems caused by Covid-19. Our sales complex in Doncaster is the newest in the world and has been universally praised for its horse and customer friendly layout since it was opened in 2008. It is certainly fit for purpose in selling the best as has been clearly demonstrated by selling the world’s highest priced NH horse ever last May (£620,000) and this year’s top priced European Breeze-Up two-year-old when we hosted the Arqana Breeze-Up Sale on 1st July (£650,000). The showing areas for the yearlings are second to none and we will ensure that the facilities for attendees are enhanced as much as possible once we have taken the UK Government’s directives into account. In addition Doncaster is easily accessible from every part of the UK and is just 1½ hours from central London by train whilst our superb network of international agents will continue to promote these world class Orby yearlings around the globe. Alongside that Goffs Online will allow absent buyers to participate in the sale and we will ensure that clear videos of yearlings are available for inspection as well as accommodating any buyers who want to bid by telephone. In short, Orby and Sportsman’s will provide their usual world class service and the only difference will be geographical on this occasion”.
Irish Thoroughbred Marketing will continue to support the Sales and facilitate the engagement of our network of foreign clients. Brian Kavanagh, Horse Racing Ireland Chief Executive confirmed ITM’s involvement saying:
“We would far prefer that the Orby and Sportsman’s Sales be held in Ireland but regrettably, that is not realistic in the current uncertain climate. Horse Racing Ireland understands Goffs’ decision to relocate the sales on a once off basis and will support Goffs and Irish breeders in these unique circumstances through the continued and proactive work of our subsidiary, Irish Thoroughbred Marketing.”