Arqana, Tattersalls Ireland and Osarus have agreed to revise their August and September yearling sales due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale will now begin on September 21 and conclude on September 23.

Tattersalls Ireland Chief Executive Officer Matt Mitchell said: “These are unprecedented and difficult times, but all of us at Tattersalls Ireland, Arqana and Osarus are pleased to have been able to agree terms for a revised sales schedule which we strongly believe will work well for all concerned.

“There has been a real spirit of cooperation between our respective firms and discussions have at all times been conducted with the best of interests of Irish and French breeders and the wider bloodstock industry as the primary concern.”

This year’s Arqana August Sale will move to September 24-26 to showcase the best of French-bred stock. The Osarus September Yearling Sale will now be combined with Arqana’s October Yearling Sale that will take place on October 19-23, while a small number of Osarus yearlings will be rerouted to the Arqana Autumn Sale in November.

Eric Hoyeau, President of Arqana, said: “We are delighted to have reached a mutually beneficial agreement with Tattersalls Ireland which has allowed Arqana to reposition the August Yearling Sale without disruption to the smooth running of the European yearling sales calendar.

“We were also conscious that Osarus faced similar challenges with their September Yearling Sale and we are pleased to have been able to accommodate their requirements in the best interests of French breeders at all levels of the market.

Osarus’s Managing Director Emmanuel Viaud added: “The amalgamation of the Osarus September Yearling Sale with the Arqana October Yearling Sale is a wonderful example of the industry working together for the greater good.

“The Osarus team is looking forward to working with Arqana to achieve a vibrant and successful joint fixture in October.”