POSTPONEMENTS rarely seem to work in an auction’s favour but three months on from its intended date, the Tattersalls Ireland May Store Sale proved to be a notable beneficiary of being switched to a mid-August slot as it produced its strongest set of figures to date.

First held in 2018, the one-day sale was forced to occupy an August slot 12 months ago, but during at a time when the outlook was bleak to say the least and the future looked hugely uncertain, the auction struggled to perform anywhere close to previous editions.