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Backed horses
requested for Derby Sale

TATTERSALLS Ireland has written to all vendors at their Derby Sale, which will held on June 24-26, suggesting that their horses are either driving in long reins or lightly backed by the time of sale.

The sales company hopes that the move will remove suspicion among buyers that a broken horse has been tried while offering more forward lots for sale.

George Mernagh, managing director of Tattersalls Ireland, explained the move, saying: "Much has been said by all sectors of the bloodstock industry recently in connection with broken and unbroken stores.Surely what's more important is the knowledge that what the purchaser is buying is as described and that he can move forward with confidence to the next stage.

"Many stores by the time they are presented at a sale as a three or four-year-old has been through at least one sale. From the time the entry form has been completed and normal sale preparation is carried out and with the advent of horse-walkers and turn out rugs these horses are almost ready to be backed.

Mernagh added: "With more relevance geared towards potential savings for the end user, this can only be beneficial, not only on the pocket for the new owner but also for each individual horse and is another step closer to the racecourse. We also believe that the market requires horses that are more mentally and physically mature and that a gradual build up of physical exercise can only assist getting these horses to the racecourse a little earlier.

"Perhaps it's time we all realised that the profile of ownership has altered in recent years and our horses must be presented at these sales a step closer to the racecourse".





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