Following the decision to hold the Orby Sale at Goffs’ British complex in Doncaster, the auction house has announced that the yearling sale will start a day earlier than announced after consulting with a number of vendors.

Now scheduled to begin a two-day run on September 30, the change ensures that all lots for the Orby Sale will receive maximum time and attention from potential purchasers. It also allows vendors who are selling at Doncaster and the following weeks’ Tattersalls Book 1 an additional 24 hours to travel between the two venues.

The revised schedule for the Goffs Orby and Sportsman’s Sales are as follows:

  • Sportsman’s Sale – September 24-25
  • Orby yearlings arrive – September 27
  • Orby yearlings viewing – September 28-30
  • Orby Sale – September 30-October 1

Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said: “Our job is to deliver the greatest opportunity for every lot with which we are entrusted.

“Feedback from a wide range of Orby vendors since Friday was that the timing between Orby and Tattersalls Book 1 was too tight and we were asked to revisit the dates both for vendor logistics and to ensure that every lot receives the full attention of the maximum number of potential purchasers for the most time.

“At this difficult time we are mindful of working for everyone in the industry and so, after discussing the matter at length with Edmond Mahony at Tattersalls, we have decided to move the Orby Sale back 24 hours whilst we will also turn the complex around in 24 hours following the Sportsman’s Sale to ensure the stables are ready for the Orby yearlings that much earlier, so allowing them to settle in before showing starts.

“Every hour counts for these world class yearlings and we have listened carefully to the feedback and request that have come from all our vendors, many of whom will also be selling the following week.

“An extra 24-hour window might make all the difference at the end of our sale so having the stables ready a day earlier will also be important. On both counts the Goffs team will do whatever it takes to deliver.”