Press release from Tattersalls
Commenting on the record breaking Tattersalls December Sales, and a year in which total sales turnover rose 13 percent to the unprecedented level of 137,291,030 guineas, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said:
"The December Sales have very much mirrored the trade that we have seen throughout the year here at Tattersalls. Each of our sales in 2000 have broken new ground, and the December sales have rounded off the year in spectacular fashion, with the highlight being the European record price of 1,700,000 guineas for the broodmare Brocatelle.
"The foal trade in the first week of the sales suggested that the demand for broodmares and fillies would be strong, but we could not have predicted that the smallest December sales catalog for many years would break the 50,000,000 guineas barrier.
"We have been inundated with overseas buyers from every continent in the world this week, and the depth of demand from British and Irish buyers has been an equally significant factor not only at the December sales but throughout the year.
"Quality has always been the key at Tattersalls and never more so than this year. Our vendors have provided us with some vintage catalogs, in particular at the Houghton and October yearling sales, and the results demonstrate the global demand for top quality bloodstock.
"We have also been delighted by the trade at our sister company Tattersalls (Ireland) this year. Already firmly established as the world's premier source of National Hunt stock, turnover at the sales at Fairyhouse rose 38% exceeding IR30,000,000 guineas for the first time."