2005 End of Year Press Statement
December Sale Concludes Monster Year For Tattersalls
At the conclusion of the 2005 Tattersalls December Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;
“Coming into the December Sale we had already enjoyed an exceptional year, but nothing prepared us for the frenzied demand for the breeding stock which has rounded off 2005 in such spectacular fashion. We were confident that we had a good solid catalogue, although perhaps a little short of being a truly vintage one, but the level of trade this week has been truly astounding.
“The whole sale has grossed a massive 74,166,000 guineas which is 40% more than last year, and the total for the breeding stock has been an equally staggering 46,525,800 which is a rise of 46% on last year. The dispersal of Ian Matthews’ mares from Kirsten Rausing’s Lanwades Stud was obviously the highlight of a truly memorable week, but as well as the individual highlights it will be the breathtaking depth to the trade which people will remember for a long while.
“The strong yearling and foal sales clearly engendered huge confidence in the buyers, but the key to the pre-eminence of the Tattersalls December Sale is its ability to attract a global buyer base like no other sale. The sheer number of people at Park Paddocks this week has been phenomenal and the demand, both domestic and international, has been unrelenting.
“Each year throws up new challenges and after a year in which every Tattersalls sale has broken records for turnover we will have a hard act to follow in 2006, but if there is a recurring issue at the moment it is the growing numbers which we are cataloguing in so many of our sales. By common consent the format for our yearling sales this year worked extremely well, but regarding the December Sale it may be that if the numbers continue to grow we may have to make some minor changes to the format to relieve the pressure on the stabling.”