News “Fantastic turnout, wonderful outcome” Tattersalls Stallion Nomination auction raises £147,000

3rd December 2018
A nomination to Oasis Dream, donated by Juddmonte Farms, was top lot (£33,000) at the charity auction and was purchased by Ballylinch Stud.

A charity auction of stallion nominations held at Tattersalls on Sunday night in aid of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) raised £147,000 for British racing’s official charity for the welfare of retired racehorses.

The champagne reception and auction drew a large crowd to the sales ring at Tattersalls, Newmarket on the eve of the December Mares Sale. Television presenter Nick Luck compered the event and the Chairman of Tattersalls, Edmond Mahony, conducted the auction.

The top lot was a nomination to Oasis Dream, donated by Juddmonte Farms, which was knocked down to John O’Connor of Ballylinch Stud for £33,000. While leading owner and breeder Vefa Ibrahim Araci showed his support for the charity buying two nominations, one to Cracksman and one to Nathaniel for £26,000 each. The fourth five-figure nomination was to Saxon Warrior, which was purchased by Gary Middlebrook for £28,000. In total £147,000 was raised from the nine lots

Afterwards, Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive of RoR, expressed her delight: “We are so grateful for the stud farms for generously donating such valuable nominations, as well as to those who showed their support for RoR and bought the nominations, and, of course, Edmond Mahony and his team at Tattersalls for hosting the evening and conducting the auction. There was a fantastic turnout and a wonderful outcome.

“The income raised by the auction will support the on-going expansion of the charity’s activities, in particular the work we do in educating new owners of former racehorses, giving them the best possible advice via RoR’s nationwide network of support which in turn increases the demand among the wider equestrian world for the Thoroughbred.”

RoR and Tattersalls would like to thank the following stud farms for their generous donations; Cheveley Park Stud, Coolmore, Darley Stallions, Juddmonte Farms, Newsells Park Stud and Tweenhills.

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