The Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale will for the second consecutive year be moved from its base at Fairyhouse to Tattersalls's headquarters at Park Paddocks in Newmarket due to ongoing concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic in Ireland, specifically whether international buyers will be able to attend without undergoing lengthy quarantines.
The three-day sale will now take place a week earlier than originally scheduled, with Part I on Sept. 14 and 15 and Part II on Sept. 16.
Tattersalls Ireland Chief Executive Officer Simon Kerins said, “The decision to relocate to Newmarket has not been taken lightly, especially having had to relocate the September Yearling Sale in 2020 but, given the disruption we experienced at the Derby Sale, it is now clear to us that we cannot rely on a 'bubble' which would allow overseas buyers to visit Ireland without onerous quarantine requirements. The September Yearling Sale traditionally attracts large numbers of overseas visitors and at present Britain, while also being the main source of our buyers, is considerably more accessible than Ireland.
“We are hopeful that this will be the last change to our 2021 sales calendar and have taken the decision at this early stage to provide clarity to our loyal vendors prior to entries closing next week. We are confident that relocating the sale to Park Paddocks will again allow Tattersalls Ireland to achieve our constant objective of providing a vibrant market by attracting the widest and most diverse group of buyers that we possibly can. The relocated 2020 Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale returned record breaking figures with a top lot of £325,000 and more horses selling for £150,000 or more than ever before. Vendors have already been supporting the sale this year with their better quality stock and we look forward to another successful renewal of the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale at Park Paddocks in Newmarket.”