THE Tattersalls Ireland Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale will be staged in Newmarket on July 23rd and 24th.
News broke last night of the decision, which follows the announcement on Thursday that next week’s Derby Sale at Tattersalls Ireland has been put back to August. Both changes have been made due to problems with bringing international visitors to Ireland. Current public health advice is that all arrivals from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days, a measure which effectively rules out British buyers from attending an Irish sale, without attracting negative publicity for the sector.
There are 249 two-year-olds in the Goresbridge catalogue, but approximately 60 have already been withdrawn. Tattersalls in Newmarket has already successfully staged the Craven, Ascot and Guineas Breeze Up Sales in recent weeks.
Tattersalls Ireland chief executive Matt Mitchell observed: "The team at Tattersalls Ireland is doing everything possible to stage a successful breeze-up sale, and by holding our Goresbridge sale in Newmarket it allows all purchasers to attend the sale at the leading breeze-up sale venue in Europe, without the imposition of the travel restrictions currently in place in Ireland.
"We are taking every precaution to make the sale the safest environment for our staff and clients and strict proven protocols will be in place. Live internet bidding, which has proved extremely successful already at Tattersalls, will be available to all purchasers who cannot attend the sale in person as well as telephone bidding on the day of the sale."
Land Rover plan
On Thursday, Tattersalls Ireland took the decision to cancel next week’s Derby Sale and postpone it until August (see story on page 4). For the moment, Goffs are standing their ground with the Land Rover Sale, which is due to be staged on August 4th and 5th.
Goffs CEO Henry Beeby said last night: “As things stand the Goffs Land Rover sale will be held in Kildare Paddocks in August and we are working to ensure that vendors can attend our Goffs UK Summer Sale in Doncaster and the Land Rover in a way that is both safe and compliant with current Government directives.
“Goffs are also working with HRI to deliver protocols to allow UK purchasers to attend the Land Rover Sale within Irish Government directives. We have developed detailed protocols, similar to those which apply at Irish race meetings, to guarantee a safe environment at Kildare Paddocks which are well suited to social distancing.
“Included in those protocols are arrangements which could allow a limited number of overseas visitors to attend sales in a safe and responsible way. We have submitted these proposals to Government through HRI and are seeking clarity that they would be compatible with policy on international travel at the time of the sale. We will communicate any developments as soon as possible and in plenty of time for plans to be confirmed.”