AN extra 13 lots have been added to the catalogue for next Friday’s Tattersalls Ireland Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale. This brings the catalogue to 225 – still 15 less than last year.
Next week’s sale is highly significant as it is the first year the sale will be staged in Tattersalls Ireland, following the deal struck last summer between Goresbridge and Tattersalls Ireland. The two-year-olds will now breeze at the adjacent Fairyhouse Racecourse on Thursday, instead of at Gowran Park.
Tattersalls Ireland CEO Matt Mitchell said the connection with Goresbridge has not been lost. “Martin Donohoe [Goresbridge Horse Sales] was involved in allocating the horses for the catalogue and we continue to use his brother, Michael of BBA Ireland, in the selection process.”
Acknowledging the unique atmosphere of Goresbridge, Mitchell believes that the move to Meath has its advantages. “The extra stabling here, proximity to the airport, and access to hotel accommodation is undoubtedly a help. That’s what purchasers are telling us.
“We’re very fortunate to have Fairyhouse on our doorstep and we plan to use a strip of ground up the stands side which has not been raced on to any great extent. The horses will have a ‘dry breeze’ on Wednesday and then the real thing from noon on Thursday.” Last year’s sale was topped by the Frankel filly, East, who made €325,000. Trained by Kevin Ryan, she went on to win at Group 3 level, finish second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, and last Sunday she took third spot in the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches.
Mitchell said his team are delighted with the support shown by vendors for this year’s sale. “All the top consignors are supporting us, including Norman Williamson, Con Marnane, Willie Browne, Jim McCartan, Tom Whitehead and the O’Callaghans. As well as targeting the domestic market, we have been working with Irish Thoroughbred Marketing to ensure as many foreign buyers as possible attend and the response has been excellent.”