Tattersalls Ireland postpone May & July Store Sales

The Tattersalls Ireland May & July Store Sale will be postponed until Tuesday August 10 and Wednesday August 11, with the August NH Sale following directly after on Thursday 12 August.

The postponement follows consultation from vendors and purchasers, and reacts to concerns that overseas purchasers, in particular those from the UK, will be unable to visit Ireland without quarantine until International Travel is permitted once again from July 19th. This is based on the latest guidance from the Irish Government as detailed on gov.ie here.

A superb selection of 204 stores have been selected for the Tattersalls Ireland May Store Sale with 255 stores selected for the July Store Sale. The catalogue for the May Store Sale is available to view online here and the catalogue for the July Store Sale is available to view online here.

The May Store Sale celebrated Cheltenham success this year with Telmesomethingirl putting in a stellar performance to land the Grade 2 Mares Novice Hurdle under Rachael Blackmore for Henry De Bromhead. Hometown Boy claimed Grade 3 victory at the Aintree Festival as well as Nada To Prada and Star Gate landing black type honours this season.

Commenting on the changes to the sales calendar, Tattersalls Ireland CEO Simon Kerins said: 

“In light of the enormous challenges faced this week with our loyal UK purchasers being informed at the 11th hour that they were not permitted to attend the Derby Sale, we have made the decision to move the May and July Store Sale to August. We feel that it is not in the best interests of our vendors or purchasers who have supported us with a quality selection of store horses to proceed with a sale in just over two weeks’ time.

It is expected that from July 19th the Irish Government will launch the EU’s Covid-19 digital passport that aims to facilitate the movement of people within the EU and from that date, Ireland will also broadly align itself to the EU approach to non-essential travel into the EU from third countries such as the UK. Specifically, from that date if a passenger has valid proof of vaccination, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary. The Covid-19 landscape is fluid and constantly changing but it is of the up most importance to us that there is no barrier for any purchaser coming to the sale, and we feel that can be best achieved by waiting for the changes above to come into effect.

A decision on the location of the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale will be made early next week and we will continue to discuss all aspects of this with key stakeholders over the coming days before making a definitive decision.”