2012 End of Year Press Statement
Tattersalls December Sale Exceeds Expectations
At the conclusion of the 2012 Tattersalls December Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;
“The bloodstock industry is a truly global business and nowhere is this more apparent than at the Tattersalls December Sale. Every year the December Sale attracts buyers from all corners of the globe and the 2012 renewal has yet again enhanced its reputation as the most international sale of its type in the world.
“Buyers have flocked to Tattersalls in huge numbers this week and they have combined to produce trade which has mirrored the extraordinary demand we experienced at our October Yearling Sale. Remarkably the success of the December Sale, and the entire Tattersalls 2012 sales season, has come at a time of continuing economic uncertainty, and this week’s sale has shown that the worldwide appetite for British and Irish bloodstock is arguably at an all - time high. We were conscious that perhaps this year’s December Mares catalogue was not a vintage one, but competition at every level of the market has seen the key indicators all but match last year’s considerable gains, more six-figure transactions, and most significantly, the highest clearance rate this century.
“The four top lots of the sale exemplify the essence of the Tattersalls December Sale. The 1.7 million guineas TWYLA THARP was consigned from a British owned Irish farm and sold to a French agent. BANIMPIRE, who sold for 1.5 million guineas, was consigned by a French team on behalf of an American owner and sold to an American agent. The one million guineas mare BLUE SYMPHONY came from a Newmarket farm and will now head to Ireland and the 985,000 guineas filly WILD COCO was sold by German owners to a Japanese buyer. The diversity of the December Sale market never ceases to amaze and in addition to the obvious highlights we have also welcomed a party of Korean breeders for the first time and sold breeding stock to more than 30 different countries and every continent.
“As ever, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to our vendors and purchasers alike, as well as British Bloodstock Marketing. They have all played a major part in helping our annual turnover to break the 200 million guineas mark for only the third time and we will continue to explore as many overseas markets as possible in the year ahead.”