When did the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Ups first begin?
The first breeze up sale at Tattersalls was in 1989. It was just called the Tattersalls Breeze Up Sale then but has always been during the Craven meeting.
How has the Sale evolved and grown over time (in terms of number of horses and financial turnover)?
In terms of numbers of lots offered, it hasn’t changed that much, but the turnover has risen significantly as buyers have become more confident that they can buy a good horse out of the sale. The turnover quadrupled from 2001 to 2006 and has stayed roughly at that level since, although it’s jumped up again another 30% in the last two years to 13-14m guineas.
Which Breeze Up horses have been the biggest successes in their subsequent careers?
There have been plenty of Group/Grade 1 winners to come out of the sale, most recently the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes winner La Pelosa and the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest winner Brando. Other Group 1 winners have included Contributer, Ventura Storm, Garswood, Rosdhu Queen and Rio De La Plata.
Has the equine flu virus outbreak caused any disruption to plans?
Thankfully no. We naturally have kept a close eye on proceedings but there have been no disruptions. Any horses coming to Tattersalls are required to have vet certs and are required to have received their flu shots.
What work goes on “behind the scenes” to make the Breeze Ups such a success and when does this typically begin?
Nominations for the both the Craven and the Guineas Breeze Up sales close in mid-December and we then go and visit these horses and allocate them to the sale that we think will best suit them. We then finalise the pedigree in consultation with the vendor before pulling the catalogue together and printing the catalogue. Once we have a catalogue, we then start the process of attracting buyers to the sales, via international visits, advertising and catalogue distribution.
How many horses do you anticipate taking part in this year’s sale?
We have catalogued 147 lots into the Craven Breeze Up Sale this year.
Tell me about the £15,000 Craven Breeze Up Bonus – what was the inspiration behind this concept and how will it work?
We have been delighted with how well the £25,000 Tattersalls October Book 1 Bonus has been received by buyers at October Book 1 and the Craven Breeze Up Sale was the obvious other sale that we could launch a similar incentive. It is open to any horse purchased at the Craven Breeze Up Sale, with entries only costing £1,000 and the winning connections pocketing £15,000 if their horse wins a Class 2, 3 or 4 Maiden of Novice in Britain, or an Open Maiden in Ireland within the dates specified in the catalogue.
2018 delivered some spectacular results for Tattersalls – how much of a challenge is it to follow what happened?
Both 2017 and 2018 have been spectacular years in terms of turnover, but our challenges each year are the same and that is to attract the best bloodstock available to each of our sales and to find buyers for those horses at all levels of the market. The yearling sales were especially exciting in 2018, with fourteen million guineas yearlings and the highest price in the world for the seventh successive year, both of which will be hard acts to follow. However, we will soon start the process of inspecting the yearling entries for this year and hope that Book 1 will once again provide the cream of the European yearlings to come to market.
Is Brexit and economic uncertainty causing any consternation or is it simply changing the locations of clientele, on the basis of exchange rates?
It is difficult to estimate what the effect of Brexit is or will be, but the uncertainly at the moment probably helps no one. One of the short-term benefits has been the devaluation of sterling which has made it cheaper for overseas based buyers to buy in Britain. The biggest concern is the movement of horses which is integral to the British, Irish and French industries, and we look forward to resolving any issues which may arise with help from DEFRA and the TBA.
Are there any new stallion progeny you are particularly looking forward to this year?
It looks an especially exciting group of first season sires that are represented in the Craven Breeze Up Sale including the US Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh, the 2,000 Guineas winners Gleneagles and Night of Thunder, the Derby winner Golden Horn and the Champion Sprinter Muhaarar.
What are your main hopes for 2019 and what are you most looking forward to?
I hope that the demand for top quality bloodstock continues. On the racing front I love seeing the three-year-old crop develop and seeing who the top colts and fillies are.
How can people get involved or view the Breeze Up Sales?
Catalogues are available from Tattersalls and Tattersalls representatives and also online at www.tattersalls.com. The breeze and the sale will be streamed live on Sale Day Live on our website and all breezes will be available to be viewed on our website shortly after the breeze is completed. The breeze will also be shown live on Racing TV.