Mark Popham

  • Montjeu Filly Tops Tattersalls' First Session

    Europe's premier yearling sale -- the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale (Part 1), enjoyed an excellent start in Newmarket, England, on Tuesday, with the very first lot making the top price of the first of four days selling.

  • Goffs Orby Sale Shows Gains from 2004

    The lure of valuable sale races helped Ireland's premier yearling auction put a couple of disappointing recent renewals behind itself with a hugely successful revamped Goffs Orby Million Sale Sept. 26-28.

  • Goffs Orby Sale Closes Out Successful Run

    The Maktoum brothers may not currently be purchasing the progeny of Coolmore stallions, but an eclectic group of buyers helped that Irish stud supply all the top lots during Wednesday's final session of a highly-successful revamped Goffs Orby Million yearling sale in Ireland.

  • Sheikh Hamdan Again Tops Goffs Orby Sale Session

    Sheikh Hamdan again led the way on the middle day of Goffs' Orby Million Sale in Co Kildare, Ireland, Tuesday when paying 1.8 million euros for a U.S.-bred son of Kingmambo consigned via Ciaran Conroy's Co Tipperary-based Glenvale Stud.

  • Alhaarth Colt Tops Opening Goffs Session

    Sheikh Hamdan, attending in person, led the way on day one of Goffs' Orby Million sale in Ireland on Monday when paying 550,000 euros for a yearling colt by his stallion Alhaarth.

  • Drop In Demand Blamed for Deauville Dip

    L'Agence Francaise president Phillipe Augier blamed buyers' selectivity and reduced home-based demand for a drop in figures at the Deauville, France company's flagship August yearling sale which took place Aug. 21-24.

  • Development Plan at Curragh Given Initial Go-Ahead

    The Irish Turf Club has been granted planning permission to realign 1.1 kilometers (about 0.68 miles) of the major road to the north of the existing Curragh Racecourse, Ireland's most prestigious, enabling a redevelopment that will cost 70 million euros to go ahead.

  • Tattersalls July Sale Ends With Records

    Tattersalls' largest ever July mixed auction finished Thursday night in England with a sale record gross of 6,316,400 guineas, a 14,621-guinea average that beat the previous best by 3%, and a record median of 9,000 guineas, up 13% from last year.

  • Forty Niner Mare Brings Six Figures in England

    The 13-year-old U.S.-bred mare Amizatte (by Forty Niner), offered with her April 8 colt Montjeu foal, topped day one of Tattersalls July sale when bought by Irish agent John O'Byrne for 150,000 guineas Tuesday in England. The mare, on whom John McCormack was the underbidder, was offered in foal to Coolmore Stud freshman sire One Cool Cat.

  • Kieren Fallon to ride for Aidan O'Brien in 2005.

    Fallon Signs On With Ballydoyle Team

    Kieren Fallon, who cut short his recent riding stint in Florida, could be appearing more in American races following his decision to sign up as retained jockey to owners John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith on Feb. 25.

  • Newbury Announces All-Weather Track

    Newbury, one of Britain's most prominent racecourses, has announced plans for a 15-furlong all-weather (dirt) course with five and six-furlong straight races and a chute for contests over seven furlongs and a mile.

  • Endless Summer Disqualified; Mitchell Penalized

    Prince Khalid Abdullah's 2000 Group II Richmond Stakes winner Endless Summer was disqualified from that race at a Feb. 11 British Jockey Club hearing Feb. 11 after it was discovered the colt was technically three when winning the contest for 2-year-olds.

  • Juddmonte Repeats as Leading British Breeder

    For the third year in succession, Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms has won the Queen's Silver Cup as leading British-based flat breeder for 2004. The British Thoroughbred Breeders Association Awards were announced Dec. 13.

  • Tattersalls Chairman Upbeat Despite Dip

    Tatersalls' December Sale finished Thursday with a turnover of 52.9 million gns, down 10.2 million gns on 2003. The company's annual turnover was 149.35 million gns, down from 163.1 million gns in 2003.

  • Ipi Tombe, brought top price at Tuesday's session of Tattersalls' December sale.

    Ipi Tombe Tops Tattersalls Second Session

    It may have lacked a seven-figure lot, but Tuesday's second breeding stock session of the Tattersalls December Sale at Newmarket, England saw a fantastic trade resulting in figures that just fell short of the same day 12 months ago.

  • Tattersalls December Foal Sale Rebounds

    Any fears that an indifferent start would deter pinhookers as Tattersalls' December Foal Sale came to life Thursday were soon banished after a day of strong trade that all but matched the record-breaking 2003 figures.

  • Database Rights Ruling Hinders BHB Plan

    The British Horseracing Board's future funding strategy was thrown into disarray when the European Court of Justice Nov. 9 ruled in favor of bookmaker William Hill's challenge over database rights.

  • Tattersalls Autumn Sale Closes Impressively

    The Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sale record price of 525,000gns was equaled Thursday on the final day of the 2004 auction when progressive handicapper Kehaar (GB) (Cadeaux Genereux {GB}) was bought by John Ferguson on behalf of Godolphin.

  • Embossed Headed to O'Callaghan's Stable

    Kentucky-based Irishman Niall O'Callaghan will take charge of 2-year-old Embossed (Ire) (Mark Of Esteem{Ire}) after the colt sold for 250,000gns at Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sale in Newmarket Wednesday.

  • Pleasantly Perfect Half-Brother Tops Tattersalls Session

    Swagger Stick (Cozzene), a half-brother to Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Pleasantly Perfect (Pleasant Colony), topped day two of Tattersalls' Autumn Horses In Training Sale in Newmarket Tuesday when bought for 220,000gns to race in the US.

  • Connections of Ticker Tape Return to Tattersalls

    The connections of grade I Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup and grade I American Oaks heroine Ticker Tape (by Royal Applause), bought for 100,000 guineas at last year's Tattersalls autumn horses In training sale, collected a juvenile by the same sire at the opening session of the 2004 auction.