THE link below will bring you to the full list of 79 individual stallions for whom nominations have been donated to help two great causes.
For 24 hours only, starting at noon on Monday, February 20th and ending at noon on Tuesday, you will have a chance to purchase a nomination, the full proceeds of which will go to support ‘Giving to Ukraine’ and the Turkish-Syrian Earthquake appeal. The sale will take place on the Tattersalls Online portal.
An honest and forthright Oliver St Lawrence, who is spearheading this sale, said: “It’s for good causes, so I hope bidders will not bid in as canny and last-minute a manner as we often see, and which I’m guilty of at times.
“I am happy to say that we have a few stallions for whom we have been donated more than one nomination, which we then hope to sell to the underbidder. In total, we have about £700,000 worth of advertised nomination fees, all generously donated by stallion farms and shareholder/breeding right holders.
“This shows tremendous support from the bloodstock industry across Ireland, Britain and France.”
Most nominations are being sold non-VAT, which should help bidders’ cash flow. All nominations are to be paid for straight after the sale as the charities need the funds now, but are sold on a ‘No Foal Free Return’ basis. So, if the mare does not go in foal or does not produce a live foal, then you can send a mare back to the same stallion in 2024.
St Lawrence added: “We now desperately need to get breeders from across Europe to support the sale on Monday and Tuesday. I plead with them to come and get involved and support the victims.
“Anyone interested in buying needs to register with Tattersalls Online before the sale to be able to bid, just like their usual sales. Nothing is different, and Tattersalls are not charging any fees. The sale will be conducted in pounds and not guineas.
“Everything has been rather last minute, but such is the nature of the troubles that have most recently befallen the people of Turkey and Syria. Tattersalls will have the most up-to-the-minute list of lots on their website this weekend.”
Stephen Byrnes, an osteopath who trades as Back On Form, is the person who suggested this idea to Oliver St Lawrence, and helped secure everything that been done to date. He left yesterday on his fourth trip, driving a lorry of aid to the Polish-Ukrainian border as part of a convoy representing Giving To Ukraine (givingtoukraine.com).