FOLLOWING last week’s announcement by the Irish Government, Tattersalls Ireland regrets to announce the cancellation of the February National Hunt (NH) Sale, which was due to take place on Wednesday, April 7. Having explored all possible options to hold the sale, Tattersalls Ireland was informed by the Irish Department of Agriculture that staging a bloodstock sale in Ireland under the current circumstances would not be permitted.
Lots catalogued for the February NH Sale will be offered a place in the yearling section of the illustrious November NH Sale, which provided vendors with extraordinary results last year. Headlining the yearling section in 2020 was the Ballyreddin Stud consigned son of ‘Blue Bresil’, who was knocked down for €80,000 to Ballincurrig Stud.
Announcing the cancellation, Tattersalls Ireland CEO Simon Kerins said: “It is extremely disappointing to have been informed by the (Irish) Department of Agriculture that we are not permitted to hold the rescheduled February NH Sale. We explored every avenue to hold the sale and to offer vendors the chance to sell their stock, but unfortunately it is not possible to hold a physical sale while the country remains in Level 5 lockdown. We have received positive feedback from vendors, who understand why we needed to make this decision and we would like to thank our clients for working with us and remaining incredibly patient through these turbulent times.
“We recognise that there are no easy solutions to the challenges which we were all hoping would no longer exist in April 2021, and we have reacted as quickly as possible to provide clarity for all concerned. As ever, the team at Tattersalls Ireland continues to work tirelessly to provide the best opportunities to sell and buy quality bloodstock. We eagerly anticipate our flagship Derby Sale, which will take place at Tattersalls Ireland on Wednesday, June 23 and Thursday, June 24 and we look forward to releasing what already looks to be our strongest catalogue ever assembled.”
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