Due to the ongoing lockdown in Britain and Ireland, Tattersalls has announced that it will now stage its February Sale as a live virtual auction on the scheduled dates of February 4 and 5.

No horses, vendors or purchasers will be on site at Park Paddocks with all bidding to take place online through the Tattersalls live internet bidding platform or telephone bidding through members of the Tattersalls team.

Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said: “The decision to stage the Tattersalls February Sale in a live virtual format has been taken in the best interests of all concerned and reflects our commitment to providing the best possible working environment for participants at all of our sales, in whatever capacity they may be attending.

“The decision also recognises the increased difficulties surrounding domestic and international travel and it was felt that the prudent option was to stage the February Sale in a manner which allows vendors and purchasers alike to participate with confidence and in full compliance with prevailing rules and regulations.

“Our live internet bidding platform proved to be hugely popular with buyers throughout last year, particularly at mixed sales similar to the February Sale, and we are confident that this live virtual format is the best option under the current difficulty circumstances which we all continue to endure.

“In addition to promoting the February Sale to as many prospective buyers as possible our bloodstock sales team will liaise with vendors with regard to the requirements of the live virtual sale model.”