Fury wins last year's £500,000 Tattersalls Millions 2yo TrophyPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Thumbs up for Newmarket card switch
TATTERSALLS expressed their delight on Monday at the BHA's decision to switch the Newmarket card featuring two of the auction house's valuable sales races from Friday, October 7 to Saturday, October 1.
The original date presented concerns over a potential clash with the final day of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale. However, by moving the fixture to October 1, the bloodstock community to spend sufficient time at the sale as well as attend Future Champions' Day on Saturday, October 8. It also allows Tattersalls to stage the company's full Millions series races in the same position as in 2010.
The final two races of the five-strong series, the £500,000 Tattersalls Millions 2yo Trophy and £300,000 Tattersalls Millions 2yo Trophy, were originally scheduled to be run on Saturday, September 24, ten days before the start of the October Yearling Sale. Switching the card, however, means that the races can now be staged at the weekend prior to the sale.
"We are grateful to both Newmarket Racecourses and the BHA," said Edmond Mahony, chairman of Tattersalls. "All parties have worked together in order to get the Tattersalls Millions races back on their original dates for the benefit of all concerned.
"The fixture change also allows far greater flexibility for all those participating in our October Yearling Sales, the vast majority of whom will want to attend 'Future Champions Day' at Newmarket on Saturday, October 8."
Harry Herbert, chairman of British Bloodstock Marketing, added: "We're fully supportive of the creation of the British Champions Series and the new two-year old Future Champions Day, but initially there were some concerns for the timings of the 2011 sales.
"Listening to our views, Newmarket and the BHA have been quick to respond and we're very pleased the series of Tattersalls Millions races will be staged in the same calendar positions as 2010, which will enable purchasers and vendors to go racing and get behind this inaugural Future Champions Day."