Tattersalls has made changes to the published dates for this year’s edition of the October yearling sale in England.
The Book 1 portion will start Oct. 5 and run through Oct. 7. Book 2 will begin Oct. 11 and run through Oct. 13. Book 3 will be held Oct. 14, and Book 4, if required because of the number of horses entered, will be held Oct. 28.
“The changes are made on the assumption that our October yearling numbers reflect the smaller British and Irish foal crop,” Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony said in a statement. “We looked long and hard at making these changes last year, but the huge numbers precluded any room for maneuver.
"The reduced foal crop and the reintroduction of a Book 4, if required, allow these minor changes which will make the two weeks of the Tattersalls October yearling sale tighter and easier to work for both purchasers and vendors. The new dates will also mean that Book 1 concludes on the eve of ‘Future Champions Day’ at Newmarket, which will allow people to attend what promises to be an outstanding day of racing at Newmarket before beginning to inspect the Book 2 yearlings in earnest.”