Tattersalls, Goffs Reach Sale Dates Agreement

Tattersalls in England and Goffs in Ireland have reached an agreement for 2004 that will eliminate any conflicts in sale dates.The Goffs Orby & Challenge sales will take place from Monday, Sept. 27 through Friday, Oct. 1 and will incorporate the former Autumn Bonus sale. The Tattersalls Houghton and October yearling sale part 1 will be merged and will take place from Tuesday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 8. Part 2 of the Tattersalls yearling sale will follow, beginning either Monday, Oct. 11 or Tuesday, Oct. 12, depending on numbers, and ending on Saturday, Oct. 16.

Commenting on the agreement, Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony and Goffs managing firector Matt Mitchell issued a joint statement saying: "We are pleased to have resolved any outstanding issues, and, with valuable input from both the British and Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Associations, to have negotiated a settlement which we firmly believe to be in the long term interests not only of Tattersalls and Goffs, but also, most importantly, of the vendors and purchasers".