Tattersalls February Sale Goes Virtual 

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The sales ring will return to action on Mar. 31 | Tattersalls

Tattersalls will be holding its first sale of 2021 as a “live virtual” event as strict lockdown measures remain in place in Britain and Ireland.

Scheduled to run on Feb. 4 and 5, the mixed sale of almost 500 lots will take place online, with bids being taken through the live internet bidding platform or via telephone to a member of the Tattersalls team. No horses or vendors will be at Park Paddocks. Tattersalls also plans to stage an extra sale on Wednesday, Mar. 31 and Thursday, Apr. 1 to cater for any vendors who prefer to take part in a conventional sale on site.

“The decision to stage the Tattersalls February Sale in a live virtual format has been taken in the best interests of all concerned and reflects our commitment to providing the best possible working environment for participants at all of our sales, in whatever capacity they may be attending,” said Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony.

“The decision also recognises the increased difficulties surrounding domestic and international travel and it was felt that the prudent option was to stage the February Sale in a manner which allows vendors and purchasers alike to participate with confidence and in full compliance with prevailing rules and regulations. Our live internet bidding platform proved to hugely popular with buyers throughout last year, particularly at mixed sales similar to the February Sale, and we are confident that this live virtual format is the best option under the current difficult circumstances which we all continue to endure. In addition to promoting the February Sale to as many prospective buyers as possible, our bloodstock sales team will liaise with vendors with regard to the requirements of the live virtual sale model.”

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to play havoc with the bloodstock sales calendar, Goffs has already announced that its February Sale in Ireland on Feb. 9 and 10 will be an online sale for breeding stock, older horses and 2-year-olds, with a session of weanlings scheduled to sell at its Kildare Paddocks on Tuesday, Mar. 2. The Goffs UK January Sale will offer National Hunt mares and horses in training online on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and the National Hunt weanlings and point-to-pointers will now be offered at the Doncaster sales complex on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

The Tattersalls February Sale will begin each day at 1oam and the catalogue can now be viewed online.

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