BOTH Goffs and Tattersalls Ireland have moved some February sales to early March, following confirmation that the Government's Covid-19 restrictions are likely to remain in place until March 5th.
While Part 1 of the Goffs February Sale goes ahead on February 9th and 10th as a live online sale (of breeding stock, older horses and two-year-olds), Part 2 (a standalone day of yearlings) has been delayed from March 2nd to March 11th.
If it becomes clear that a sale at Kildare Paddocks will still not be possible on March 11th, it will be cancelled no later than the end of February with the yearlings redirected to Goffs yearling sales in the autumn.
Tattersalls Ireland's February National Hunt Sale will now be held at Fairyhouse on Tuesday, March 9th. The catalogue will be available to view online next week.
Simon Kerins, CEO of Tattersalls Ireland, commented: "It is unfortunate that we have had to make yet another change to the dates for the February National Hunt Sale, but we are constantly having to respond to the evolving situation and to the latest Government guidelines.
"Although matters are out of our control we will continue to monitor the situation and look at any and all options as matters evolve to provide the best possible opportunities to sell and buy.
"We have consulted with Goffs to ensure that any changes to our sales schedule are in harmony with their plans to ensure we deliver a workable solution for all of our mutual clients."
Goffs' CEO Henry Beeby said: "It is unfortunate to have to further delay this sale date but we believe that another week will make an onsite sale possible at Kildare Paddocks, and that the strong interest from potential purchasers since publication of the catalogue will lead to trade that mirrors our successful November Foal Sale."
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