AUCTIONS across Ireland showcase the very best of thoroughbred breeding each year. Hopefully, it is a place for the breeders’ economic reward for their hard work and the beginning of a racing career for the animals they have nurtured thus far.

Both the correct physical and psychological preparation of yearlings is vital if they are to step out on sales day, exhibiting all the potential their breeders designed them to have. These young horses grow from teetering foals to magnificent young racehorses in a relatively short period. Once a yearling circles the sales ring it must have the presence and physique to paint a portrait of the racehorse it will become and in turn catch the bidders’ eye and shake his pocket.