The Tattersalls July Sale has long been renowned as a tried and trusted source of equine quality.
Taking place during the Newmarket July Festival, it is always well attended and its timing has global appeal.
Course Specialist recently caught up with Jason Singh, Marketing Manager at Tattersall, to look ahead to this year’s renewal.
What dates does the July Sale take place this year?
The Tattersalls July Sale takes from July 10th – 12th.
How many horses are typically likely to be consigned and what are the elements of the sale (in terms of horses in training / yearlings etc.?
We are still finalising the catalogue, but we hope to catalogue around 850-900 lots. The sale is a mix of Horses and Fillies in training as well as broodmares including large consignments from Godolphin, Shadwell Estates and Juddmonte amongst others.
Why is July such an important time to hold a sale and how well does this particular sale tie-in with the July Festival at Newmarket Racecourse?
Since the start of the millennium, the Tattersalls July Sale has doubled in size and more than quadrupled in turnover. The July Festival is a great time to be in Newmarket with top class racing and the international crowd enjoy the mix of sales and racing. It’s also important to give both studs and stables an outlet to sell at during the year rather than at the more established sales later in the year. We also find that some buyers, such as those from the Middle East often prefer to buy in July as it give their purchasers more time to acclimatise before their racing seasons start.
Does July hold more significance for southern hemisphere buyers too?
The one thing the July Sale offers southern hemisphere buyers is the chance to pick up a well-bred filly that can then be covered shortly after to southern hemisphere time. With the likes of Kingman and Frankel doing so well and not shuttling to Australia it’s the perfect opportunity for southern Hemisphere buyers to secure a potential mate for them.
Which July Sales graduates have been the most famous / successful subsequently on the racecourse?
Recent July Sale purchases to have hit the headlines include Seeking Solace who was purchased for 65,000 guineas and who is the dam of Group 1 Middle Park Stakes winner Ten Sovereigns, Queenofthefairies, dam of Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Fairyland and purchased for 32,000 guineas and Little Book, purchased for just 7,000 guineas and dam of the Japanese Derby winner Roger Barows.
I understand that Tattersalls is extending its sponsorship involvement at Newmarket in 2019. What races will this include and strategically, why have you decided to make this move?
Tattersalls are delighted to increase our presence at the prestigious Moët & Chandon July Festival, not only continuing their support of the Group 1 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes for fillies and mares but adding the Group 2 Tattersalls July Stakes, for two-year-old colts and geldings, and the Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes, a 12-furlong contest for three-year-olds and upwards. Our sponsorship reinforces our commitment not only to Newmarket Racecourses, but also to supporting British racing in as many ways as we can.
Given the continued political and economic uncertainty of Brexit, how is 2019 shaping up in the sales ring so far this year?
It’s hard to say what effect Brexit is having on the market, other than depressing the pound which is making it more attractive for overseas buyers to buy here. The market at the top is as strong as it has ever been, as is the quality of the stallions standing in the UK and Ireland. Over production is a problem though and whilst we’ll be trying to find as many buyers as we can for the stock in all of our sales, there will be some pain until the production levels return to a more sustainable level.