Tattersalls, the England-based auction company, will reinstate the Guineas breeze up sale in 2012 after a hiatus this year. In addition, Tattersalls will introduce a new dimension to the juvenile auction by adding a session for older horses in training.
The sale, which will be known as the Tattersalls Guineas breeze up and horses in training auction, will take place at the company’s Park Paddocks complex May 4. The pre-sale breeze show is scheduled for May 3 at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse.
“This year we reorganized our breeze up schedule by staging the Craven breeze up as usual, followed by a new sale at Tattersalls Ireland in Guineas Week,” said Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony. “While the Craven breeze up produced increased turnover on the 2010 sale, the Tattersalls Ireland breeze up did not manage to replicate the appeal of the sale it was replacing and feedback from our vendors indicates they would like to see the Guineas Week fixture at headquarters (Tattersalls’ base in England) rather than at Tattersalls Ireland.
“At the same time,” Mahony continued, “we felt that there was a demand for a new sale for horses in training to fill the existing gap between our February sale and the July sale. The recent Tattersalls July sale showed yet again the enduring international appeal of horses in training sales at Park Paddocks. By combining the Guineas breeze up with a horses in training session we will have a sale which will appeal to an even wider cross section of buyers. The aim will be to catalog around 100 2-year-olds in training which will be preceded by approximately 150 horses in training.”
Said prominent breeze up consignor Emma O’Gorman: “We have always been supporters of the Tattersalls guineas breeze up since its inception in 2007 and the addition of a horses in training session will add further appeal to the sale. There have been some smart performers come out the sale in recent years and we will be looking to send a quality consignment next year.”
The 2012 Tattersalls Craven breeze up auction will take place April 17– 19.