2011 End of Year Press Statement
Tattersalls December Sale Exceeds Expectations
At the conclusion of the 2011 Tattersalls December Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;
“From start to finish the 2011 Tattersalls sales season has outperformed expectation and the December Sale has continued the momentum bringing the year to a highly successful conclusion. Last week’s December Foal Sale produced returns bettered only twice this century and set the tone for the breeding stock this week. Total sale turnover in excess of 70,000,000 guineas is the fourth highest ever for the December Sale, and the average and median have both also risen dramatically. Despite a climate of continuing economic uncertainty, the Tattersalls December Sale has yet again demonstrated the extraordinary resilience of the bloodstock industry and also enhanced its reputation as probably the most international bloodstock sale in the world. The sheer diversity of the participants at Park Paddocks this week has, as ever, been the feature of the sale with buyers drawn from every continent in a shared quest for quality breeding stock.
“The four seven figure lots were the obvious highlights of the sale and between them they encapsulated the essence of the December Sale. These four outstanding fillies and mares matched vendors from Britain, Ireland France and America with buyers from Ireland, Japan, Kuwait and Kazakhstan. Bloodstock is a global currency and nowhere is this more evident than at the December Sale which year after year serves up an international catalogue for an international audience. Overseas demand at all levels of the market is the hallmark of so many sales at Tattersalls and to see buyers here in such numbers this week is a wonderful tribute to the enduring reputation of European bloodstock. In the course of the last twelve months our team have visited more than 30 different countries building up contacts and relationships throughout the world and we will continue to explore as many overseas markets, both established and emerging, as possible.
“As each sales season concludes it gives us an opportunity to thank all our clients for their continued support. This year I would also like to pay tribute to our bloodstock sales director Martin Mitchell who retires at the end of the year after 40 years with the company. Martin has made a huge contribution not only to Tattersalls but also to the wider industry and we wish him well for a long and happy retirement.”