GBRI to boost efforts of British breeze-up consignors

Great British Racing International has committed to ensuring that British-based consignors of horses in all breeze-up sales this year receive as much digital marketing support as their Irish counterparts.

GBRI will work with Tattersalls, Tattersalls Ireland and Goffs UK (along with their 2020 sale partner, Arqana) to arrange a financial contribution towards the suite of professional videos that are currently being made of all British breeze-up entries.

In the majority of cases, the contribution of £30 per horse will be arranged directly with the British-based videographers who have been commissioned for the project. In cases where consignors have already produced a professional video, a reimbursement of £30 will be arranged via the sales house, subject to the footage meeting the required standard.

Amanda Prior, General Manager of Great British Racing International, commented: “It has been fantastic to see Europe’s bloodstock auction houses and the industry’s representative bodies taking a collaborative approach during this very challenging period to ensure the breeze-up sales take place in as effective a format as possible.

“It is vital that, collectively, we do all we can to get these horses sold, so that all vendors across all of the breeze-up sector can return to our yearling sales later in the year and play a key role once again.

“We are delighted to be working with the sales houses in supporting the growing British breeze-up community, both by part-funding the professional video footage of their horses and assisting with the promotion and distribution of this footage once it is ready to go.”

Tattersalls and Goffs Announce Commencement of Yearling Inspections

Tattersalls and Goffs have agreed a set of safety protocols to be implemented on farms during upcoming yearling inspections which will commence in the UK and Ireland on Monday 18th May under the phased return of outdoor workers outlined in the recently published British and Irish governments’ Covid-19 directives.

The safety procedures will be strictly followed by both inspection teams and comply with all government guidance relating to social distancing, hand sanitation, and the wearing of appropriate personal protective equipment to ensure the safety and welfare of vendors, their staff and the sales company personnel.  Vendors will receive details of the safety protocols from Tattersalls, Tattersalls Ireland, Goffs and Goffs UK in advance of the respective agent’s visit.

In a joint statement, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony and Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said:

“The primary focus of Goffs and Tattersalls is the health and wellbeing of our clients and staff.  In these challenging times, we have a particular duty of care to the farms that we visit and are following the advice and directives of the authorities in the UK and Ireland to provide a safe environment during inspections.

“Both bloodstock teams are looking forward to getting on the road for yearling visits as we continue to prepare for the autumn sales season.  This is a hugely enjoyable and important time in the yearling sale process and, we hope, a small step towards some degree of “normality” returning for our vendors and the wider industry.

“Notwithstanding the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we both hope that the autumn sales calendar can follow the published dates, however we will closely monitor the situation and adapt with contingency plans if required.  We acknowledge the importance of the bloodstock industry coming together in difficult times, and the sales companies will continue to liaise and work in harmony where appropriate to provide the best opportunities to buy and sell thoroughbred racehorses”.

British Racing welcomes government timeline for return of sport


Senior executives from British horseracing have welcomed the publication of a timeline for the potential resumption of sporting events by the UK government today.

In its document, Our Plan to Rebuild, the government said it planned for sporting and cultural events to resume behind closed doors as part of the second step of lifting the current restrictions.

This will take place from Monday 1st June at the earliest. Until this time, it says, restrictions currently in place around such events will continue.

This date is subject to an assessment by public health officials of the risks posed by the virus at that time and is conditional on the fulfilment of the government’s five tests for easing lockdown measures.

Racing’s Executive Committee, which includes the British Horseracing Authority, the Racecourse Association, The Racehorse Owners’ Association and the National Trainers Federation (on behalf of licensed personnel), committed to plan for resumption on June 1st.

They agreed that a timeline setting out what racing would need to do to meet that date will be published within the next seven days.

The Resumption of Racing Group will meet later this week and ensure that race planning and the provisional fixture programme, including the scheduling of the Classics and other flagship races, meet the new government timeline.

Racing has already drawn up plans for resumption based on minimising risk for participants through robust social distancing and strict infection control measures. Discussions with Public Health England and Chief Medical Officers from sports including horseracing will also continue.

This has involved the development of new processes and protocols, which will require significant adjustments to ‘normal’ race-day practices. The sport will be focusing its efforts during the remainder of May on finalising and agreeing these changes across the industry and supporting everyone to understand and adopt them.

The document also says that reopening venues that attract large crowds, such as sports stadia, ‘may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections’ but it gives no specific timeline.

The UK Government says it is working with the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales to coordinate the easing of lockdown restrictions where possible. The BHA’s Public Affairs team continues to liaise with politicians and officials in Scotland and Wales to progress resumption at the earliest opportunity.


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