World-Leading Bloodstock sales

In 2020, British bloodstock auction houses were responsible for 28 winners of 38 Group/Grade 1s globally, up from 18 winners of 25 Group/Grade 1s in 2015.

Leading yearling sale - 2020

Lots sold ≥ 250,000 guineas

Lots sold ≥ 450,000 guineas

Tattersalls Book 1



Arqana Select



Goffs Orby



Acknowledging that 2020 was a difficult year owing to Covid-19, we can also look at the 3-year averages.

Leading yearling sale - 2018-2020

Lots sold ≥ 250,000 guineas

Lots sold ≥ 450,000 guineas

Tattersalls Book 1



Arqana August (2018 & 2019) / Select (2020)



Goffs Orby



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…

£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

£87,059 in 2018

81% bigger than in Ireland and 50% bigger than in France

Britain is home to a vibrant breeze up market

  • Goffs UK Breeze Up Sale has produced 5 Royal Ascot winners since 2016
  • The Craven Sale has produced 49 Group and Listed winners in the last five 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 60 countries purchased young stock, horses in training and mares at Britain’s sales in 2019.

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