A charity auction of stallion nominations, including recently retired stars Cracksman and Saxon Warrior, is to be hosted by Tattersalls on the eve of the 2018 December Mare Sale. The proceeds from the auction will go to British racing's own charity for the welfare of retired racehorses, Retraining of Racehorses (RoR).
The champagne reception and auction will be held in the sales ring at Tattersalls, Newmarket on Sunday, Dec. 2. The event will be compered by Nick Luck and the nine nominations will be auctioned by the chairman of Tattersalls, Edmond Mahony.
Included are nominations to established stallions Oasis Dream, courtesy of Juddmonte Farms, and Nathaniel, who stands at Newsells Park Stud. Both stallions enjoyed notable successes in 2018, the latter being responsible for the Arc and Breeders' Cup heroine, Enable, while Oasis Dream was represented by the Group One winners Polydream and Pretty Pollyana.
The auction also includes nominations to a trio of Group 1 winners from 2018, three recently retired stallions who will be covering their first books of mares in 2019. They are headed by the world champion Cracksman, officially the highest rated horse in the world, who now stands at Darley's Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket.
Joining Cracksman are the winners of two of the top mile races run in Europe. Saxon Warrior, who stands at Coolmore, was the impressive winner of the 2018 G1 2000 Guineas, while Lightning Spear won the G1 Sussex Stakes en route to retiring to stand at Tweenhills, the home of Qatar Racing stallions.
Cheveley Park Stud have generously donated nominations to four of their stallions, Garswood, Mayson, Twilight Son and Unfortunately, all of which boast Group 1 successes on the track and are proving popular with breeders.
Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive of RoR, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the stud farms who have shown their support for the charity by donating nominations to stallions. Thanks to their generosity, the quality of stallions on offer is remarkable and I have no doubt that the nine lots being auctioned will be of great interest to breeders, with the added bonus that their investment goes to a good cause.
“Special thanks must go to Edmond Mahony and the board of Tattersalls for their support and for hosting the event on the eve of one of the biggest sales in Europe. There is increasing awareness amongst the auction houses and breeders of the work RoR does in providing fulfilling second careers for thoroughbreds when their racing days are over. As we all know, not every horse gets to retire to stud.”
Edmond Mahony, chairman of Tattersalls, said: “In association with RoR, we are delighted to again be hosting such a worthwhile event on the eve of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale. The stallion farms have been enormously generous in their support and it looks set to be an enjoyable curtain raiser to Europe's premier breeding stock sale.”
Di Arbuthnot added: “Tattersalls has sponsored the 'The RoR Thoroughbred Show Horse Series' for more than ten years and their support of this auction of nominations once more emphasises their commitment to such an important cause.”
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