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Tattersalls are discussing pushing back the October Sale a day following concerns of a clash with Future Champions Day

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Tatts October sale date change under discussion

PLANS to stage the Tattersalls October Sale a day later than its scheduled dates of October 4 to 7 are currently under discussion as Tattersalls reacts to pressure from members of the bloodstock community seeking to prevent a clash with Future Champions Day at Newmarket.

The current dates mean that should the sale run its usual course of three sessions, vendors would ship their Part 2 yearlings to Park Paddocks on Friday October 7 and be ready show on Saturday - the same day as the Future Champions card.

However, moving the sale back 24 hours would see Saturday become the changeover day, thereby allowing trainers and bloodstock agents free rein to attend Newmarket races.

In turn, Part 2 would be pushed back 24 hours to start on Tuesday 11 October.

Jimmy George, marketing director of Tattersalls, on Friday confirmed that discussions are ongoing but warned that the company's final decision would hinge on the number of yearlings ente

red; Part 2 and 3 contained 1,541 yearlings in 2010 and ran for six sessions, an instance which would make any flexibility virtually impossible.

"It is something that has been and is still being discussed," said George. "A lot of different factors need to be weighed up, and the most important determining factor will be the number of yearlings that we catalogue in the two weeks of the October Yearling Sale.

"While we expect there to be a fall in numbers from 2010, it's still early days and there is no way at this stage of accurately assessing how many we will be offering. As ever our aim is to stage sales which cater to the requirements of both purchaser and vendor in equal measure."

The BHA recently allowed Newmarket to switch it's October 7 card to October 1 following concerns of a clash from the bloodstock community, including prominent vendor Peter Stanley, owner of New England Stud. On Friday he said that he ‘would be surprised' if Tattersalls were to stick with the original dates.

"I can't see the move posing any risk to Tattersalls as the number of foals bred last year fell," he said. "Moving Part 1 back not only takes it 24 hours away from the Arc but also pushes Part 2 further away from Future Champions Day.

"It means that we'd start showing on Sunday, which would allow everybody to attend the Future Champions Day - something that the industry must get behind.

"There has been strong support for the move, as there was when we originally persuaded Newmarket to stage a single day's racing rather than two during that weekend. I would be surprised if Tattersalls didn't support it as well."




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