Tattersalls Unveils New Sale Race

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Chipotle | Megan Ridgwell

Tattersalls and Newmarket Racecourse will stage the inaugural Tattersalls Somerville Auction S., for 2-year-olds over six furlongs worth £100,000, in August 2022 on the July Course. The race is restricted to graduates of this year's Tattersalls Somerville Yearling Sale, which is set for Newmarket's Park Paddocks on Sept. 7, and prizemoney will be paid down to tenth place, with £55,000 allocated to the winner.

The Tattersalls Somerville Yearling Sale will be held under its new guise for the first time this year; the sale was previously known as the Tattersalls Ascot Yearling Sale, and when the 2020 renewal staged in Newmarket due to COVID-19 restrictions returned records across the board, the decision was made to make it a permanent fixture at Park Paddocks. The sale places an emphasis on forward, athletic yearlings and last year's sale has already produced 17 individual 2-year-old winners headed by Chipotle (GB) (Havana Gold {Ire}), winner of the Listed Windsor Castle S. at Royal Ascot last week. Chipotle cost 10,000gns last year.

Graduates of the Tattersalls Somerville Yearling Sale will be eligible for the Tattersalls Somerville Auction S. and the £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction S.

“Our commitment to rewarding owners in as many innovative ways as we can has resulted in over £6,100,000 in bonus prize money being paid out by Tattersalls in the last five years,” said Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony. “The £100,000 Tattersalls Somerville Auction S. will provide an opportunity for graduates of the Tattersalls Somerville Yearling sale to run for substantial prize money, and further enhance the appeal of the sale which has quickly established a reputation as a consistent source of top-class juvenile talent.”

Chipotle's trainer Eve Johnson Houghton said, “Having bought Chipotle for only 10,000gns at last year's sale, the Tattersalls Somerville Yearling Sale is already in the diary and finding the winner of the new £100,000 Tattersalls Somerville S. will be the aim–as well as another Royal Ascot winner, of course.”

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