Following the success of the 2020 Tattersalls Ascot Yearling Sale staged at Park Paddocks, the sale will now be a permanent fixture in Newmarket and will be renamed the Tattersalls Somerville Yearling Sale, in recognition of Somerville Tattersall. The inaugural sale will be held on September 7th, combining the same emphasis on carefully selected, precocious yearlings as its Ascot predecessor and the unique advantages of the Tattersalls Park Paddocks complex in the ‘Home of Horseracing’. All Tattersalls Somerville yearlings will also be eligible for the ever-popular £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes.
Famously stepping up to the rostrum for the first time aged twenty two during the 1885 July Sales when his ailing father’s voice failed, Somerville Tattersall was the final member of the eponymous family to lead the company and was pivotal in shaping the modern Tattersalls.
Alongside the innovations that have transformed its physical home, the Tattersalls roster of sales has evolved in tandem with the wider bloodstock world and the Tattersalls Ascot Yearling Sale was launched in 2017 to showcase a select offering of forward, athletic yearlings to purchasers. The sale has quickly established a reputation as a consistent source of top-class juvenile talent.
In the last two years, the sale has produced an impressive 9 Group/Listed performers led by the Group 2 Lowther Stakes winner MISS AMULET and the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes scorer STEEL BULL in 2020. The roll of honour also features Group 2 winner SHADN, Group 3 winner LIBERTY BEACH and five further Listed winners including £2,000 purchase SUMMER SANDS, who was subsequently resold as a two-year-old at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale for 625,000 guineas.
Underpinned by the success of its graduates, the sale has enjoyed remarkable growth year-on-year and last year’s renewal posted a record average, median, top lot and turnover with 17 lots selling for 30,000 guineas or more.
Commenting on the new Tattersalls Somerville Yearling Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said;
“The catalyst for launching the Tattersalls Somerville Yearling Sale at Park Paddocks was the extraordinary vibrance of last year’s relocated Tattersalls Ascot Yearling Sale. The new Tattersalls Somerville Yearling Sale will benefit not only from the outstanding facilities at Park Paddocks, but also from Newmarket’s unique infrastructure and we are confident that the Tattersalls Somerville Yearling Sale, named in honour of one of the central figures in the history of Tattersalls, will harness the momentum established by its predecessor.”
Nominations are currently open for the 2021 Tattersalls Yearling Sales and will close on 26th March.