Goffs and Tattersalls have combined to produce a revised schedule for the delayed National Hunt store sales season in Britain and Ireland.
The new schedule will allow vendors time to quarantine between the Goffs UK Summer Sale and the Irish store sales, which will be held at Goffs and Tattersalls Ireland so that they comply with the Irish government’s quarantine requirements.
In order to accommodate the quarantine protocols in Ireland, a two-week gap will fall between the Goffs UK Summer Sale in Doncaster and the Goffs Land Rover Sale at Kildare Paddocks. The Tattersalls Ireland Derby and May Sale will then follow with the Tattersalls Ireland August Sale to follow at the end of next month.
The new dates are as follows:
Goffs UK Summer Sale – July 27-29
Goffs Land Rover Sale – August 12-13
Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale – August 18-19
Tattersalls Ireland May Sale – August 20
Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale – August 27-28
In a joint statement, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony and Henry Beeby, Goffs Group Chief Executive, said: “The bloodstock community, like the rest of the world, is having to adapt and react quickly to an ever-evolving situation caused by this awful pandemic.
“However, we have come together to make these changes to assist the vendors who have entries in more than one Goffs and Tattersalls catalogue and need to attend several locations.
“The revised dates allow the Doncaster sale to be completed and be followed by an appropriate gap before sales take place in Ireland. Both companies are mindful of current government directives and have developed detailed protocols to ensure the safety and well-being of all attendees at each sales venue.
“We recognise the concern surrounding the participation of overseas buyers and are working with HRI to deliver protocols to allow UK purchasers to attend future sales within Irish government directives.
“To that end we have developed detailed protocols, similar to those which apply at Irish race meetings, to guarantee a safe environment on Irish sales grounds which are well suited to social distancing. We will communicate any developments as soon as possible and in plenty of time for plans to be confirmed.
“We would like to emphasise that our joint decision to accommodate a limited number of extra store horses in the Goffs UK Summer Sale is in response to unique circumstances and taken in the best interests of as many of our mutual vendors as possible.
“So many of us are encountering situations that we have never faced before, but Tattersalls and Goffs are committed to working collaboratively in a determined effort to deliver the most vibrant marketplace we possibly can for each horse entrusted to us.
“This will include a jointly branded supplementary catalogue for the Doncaster Summer Sale, some coordinated marketing and perhaps even a new face on the Doncaster rostrum on this occasion.”