2013 End of Year Press Statement
Tattersalls December Sale Brings Record Tattersalls Year To Successful Conclusion
At the conclusion of the 2013 Tattersalls December Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;
"Tattersalls is a global hub for the bloodstock industry and this year's renewal of the Tattersalls December Sale has reinforced its reputation as probably the most international bloodstock sale in the world. We have been privileged over the years to have sold some true legends of our sport which have attracted huge audiences, but there have been times this week when the ring has been as crowded as we have ever seen. This was a very strong December Mares catalogue, but the sheer number of buyers who have descended on Park Paddocks has been truly overwhelming and a massive tribute not only to the quality of the stock on offer, but also to the enduring reputation of the Tattersalls December Sale as the preeminent sale of its type in Europe.
"The sales of the two magnificent race mares DANCING RAIN, for 4 million guineas, and IMMORTAL VERSE, for a new European record of 4.7 million guineas, will live long in the memories of the huge crowds which witnessed them. It was an honour for Tattersalls to have two such special mares in the same catalogue and we would like to express our gratitude and admiration for the two teams connected with both DANCING RAIN and IMMORTAL VERSE. That gratitude extends to all who have made the 2013 Tattersalls December Sale such a memorable occasion. Vendors and purchasers alike have combined to produce a December Mares Sale which has achieved huge rises in average, median and turnover, as well as a record 22 lots sold for 500,000 guineas or more. The number of mares and fillies sold for 300,000 guineas or more has risen from 25 last year to 41 this year and the total turnover over the past four days has risen from 44 million guineas to 63 million guineas.
"The extraordinary competition for both foals and breeding stock at this year's Tattersalls December Sale has mirrored the sustained demand for quality bloodstock that we have experienced throughout 2013. Every single Tattersalls sale this year has shown growth and the annual turnover of 249 million guineas has comfortably surpassed the previous record achieved at the height of the market in 2007. That is a remarkable statistic and one that reflects the professionalism and commitment of all involved in the bloodstock industry in Britain, Ireland and further afield.
"As we acknowledge the wider industry I would also like to pay tribute to a much respected individual, Philip Myerscough, who steps down from the rostrum at the end of this sale. Philip has achieved so much in so many different areas of the business and we are fortunate to have had the benefit of his expertise and knowledge at Tattersalls and Tattersalls Ireland. Philip's contribution to the company, both on and off the rostrum, has been immense. We wish him well for the future and look forward to seeing him at plenty of sales both here and at Tattersalls Ireland in years to come."