World-Leading Bloodstock sales

In 2021, British bloodstock auction houses were responsible for 23 winners of 37 Group/Grade 1s globally, up from 18 winners of 25 Group/Grade 1s in 2015.

Leading yearling sale 2021

Lots sold ≥ 250,000 guineas


Lots sold ≥ 450,000 guineas


Tattersalls Book 1

119

42

Arqana August

41

14

Goffs Orby

28

8

Acknowledging that 2020 and 2021 were difficult years owing to Covid-19, we can also look at the 3-year averages.

Leading yearling sale average

2019 - 2021

Lots sold ≥ 250,000 guineas

Lots sold ≥ 450,000 guineas

Tattersalls Book 1

114

47

Arqana August (2019 & 2021) / Select (2020)

34

14

Goffs Orby

23

6

No disrespect to Japan or Australia or anywhere else for that matter, this is the best sale in the world for top-class grass horses.

Mike Ryan

The strength of trade here is wonderful

John O’Connor, managing director, Ballylinch Stud, Ireland

The buying bench across all Britain’s yearling sales is deep.

The demand at these sales, relative to sales in neighbouring Ireland and France, is getting stronger and stronger each year:

Average yearling value across Tattersalls, Tattersalls Ascot and Goffs UK yearling sales was…

£80,033 in 2021

74% bigger than in Ireland and 56% bigger than in France

£74,271 in 2020

109% bigger than in Ireland and 32% bigger than in France

£84,470 in 2019

97% bigger than in Ireland and 33% bigger than in France

Britain is home to a vibrant breeze up market

  • Goffs UK Breeze Up Sale has produced 6 Royal Ascot winners since 2016
  • The Craven Sale has produced 61 Group and Listed winners in the last six years

Britain’s mare sales have a phenomenal global impact

The progeny of mares sold at Tattersalls’ prestigious mare sales consistently win Group 1s in at least 9 countries worldwide each year.

The global thoroughbred industry congregates in Newmarket in December, that’s because of the quality of the horses on offer.

Olly Tait, owner, Twin Hills Stud, Australia

And over 50 countries purchased young stock, horses in training and mares at Britain’s sales in 2021.

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