THE sales season in Ireland got off to a perfectly satisfactory start earlier this week when the Tattersalls Ireland February National Hunt Sale returned a set of figures that were able to keep pace with the record-breaking results from 12 months ago.

In 2019, this sale produced a top price of €80,000 and 14 transactions of €30,000 or more. This time around the top price came back to €60,000, while there were 12 horses who fetched at least €30,000, but this didn’t impact on the final returns for the one-day sale with the aggregate of just over €1.9 million essentially on a par with 2019.