2017 End of Year Press Statement
Tattersalls December Sale Concludes
At the conclusion of the 2017 Tattersalls December Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;
"The 2017 Tattersalls December Sale will live long in the memories of the huge number of people who have all contributed to another outstanding sale here at Park Paddocks. The cumulative total December Sale turnover of more than 105 million guineas is a new record for this historic sale and brings an extraordinary year at Tattersalls to a fitting conclusion. The demand for quality bloodstock at Tattersalls has been unprecedented throughout 2017. Every single Tattersalls sale this year has achieved record figures and last year’s best ever annual turnover of 265 million guineas has soared to a truly remarkable 331 million guineas.
"Individual highlights have come thick and fast throughout our Autumn sales season. The 4 million guineas October Book 1 sale topper was the highest price for a yearling in the world this year and was followed by record top prices at Book 2 of the October Yearling Sale and the Autumn Horses in Training Sale. Nothing, however, compares with the pure theatre of the Tuesday evening session of this week's December Mares Sale. All of us lucky enough to have witnessed and participated in such a spectacular sale will have memories to treasure. Each of the eleven fillies and mares who sold for 1 million guineas or more was exceptional, but the new European record of 6 million guineas for the dual Group 1 winning filly MARSHA was genuinely unforgettable and a wonderful reward for the Elite Racing Club, her trainer Sir Mark Prescott and all associated with such a special race filly.
"Equally memorable was the final episode in the history of the Weinstock family's legendary Ballymacoll Stud, appropriately played out in front of a packed sale ring. We have been immensely proud to have conducted the dispersal on behalf of the trustees of Ballymacoll Stud. In its rich 58 year history Ballymacoll Stud has achieved greatness and the success of the dispersal was a magnificent tribute to an impeccably run and uniquely successful breeding operation.
"Wider tribute should also be paid to each and every vendor and purchaser, all of whom have made important contributions. We recognise that not every sector of the industry is flourishing, but we continue to explore as many overseas markets as possible and we are enormously grateful to everyone who has helped to make the 2017 December Mares Sale a record breaking renewal. We knew that we had a catalogue of real depth and quality, but we could still not have predicted the extraordinary global demand that has been the feature of the week. The Tattersalls December Sale has long been regarded as uniquely international and buyers from every continent in the world have yet again shown that the finest European bloodstock continues to be held in the very highest esteem."