2001 End of Year Press Statement
Records Tumble At Tattersalls December Sale
At the conclusion of the 2001 Tattersalls December Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;
"This has been a truly extraordinary sale. There cannot have been one single pundit who would have predicted the trade we have seen here at Park Paddocks over the past two weeks. Yearlings, then foals and finally the breeding stock have all reached record levels and the smallest Tattersalls December Sale for many years has become only the third to achieve turnover in excess of 50 million guineas.
"We could not have been more delighted by the strength of the foal sale, and we knew that the breeding stock catalogue had been well received throughout the world, but we have been overwhelmed by the sheer number and diversity of buyers who have all contributed to a record sale.
"Quality has never been more sought after with a record 102 six figure prices, but the key element to this year's December Sale has been the consistency of the demand. Of course there have been individual highlights, most notably the 1.1 million guineas own sister to GALILEO last week and ZIBILENE who, at 1.5 million guineas, was Eydon Hall Farm's second consecutive December Sale topping mare, but the depth of the trade at all levels of the market has set this sale apart from others.
"2001 has not always been an easy year with Foot and Mouth overshadowing the early months, and global economic uncertainty dominating the news in the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11th, but our annual turnover has only been bettered twice before, and it has been a great boost to the industry to end on such a high note."