The Newmarket season has begun with The Craven Meeting taking place last week and the highly anticipated QIPCO Guineas Festival taking place at the Rowley Mile Racecourse on 6th and 7th May! Not only does the racing season bring with it some fantastic excitement on the racecourse, but also at Europe’s largest bloodstock auctioneers with the Tattersalls Sales.
Everyone loves a good race, but not so many of us understand just how the careers of these equine stars begin.
The next sale to take place will be the Guineas Breeze Up Sale, on 4th and 5th May, and will coincide with the aforementioned Guineas Festival. This sale will see 213 breeze up two year olds and 91 horses in training going under the hammer and with 48 of their sires already siring Classic or Group 1 winners, there could well be a future champ among them.
At the Tattersalls Sales, members of the public are welcome to come along and watch the excitement unfold which is an amazing experience in itself, however, why not take it one-step further with our Tattersalls Tour on Thursday 4th May?
This exclusive tour only takes place on sales days and will give you an unrivalled insight. One of our expert guides will be with you every step of the way, telling you the history of the auctioneers as well as offering tips and guidance as to exactly what some of the most prestigious buyers in the world are looking for when purchasing a thoroughbred.
Below is a typical itinerary (please note that this is subject to change):
09.00 – Meet your Discover Newmarket tour guide.
09.10 – 10.20 – Time to enjoy and experience Newmarket’s world famous training grounds where you will see the day’s second ‘lots’ being ridden out on Warren Hill. If a ‘work’ morning (usually a Wednesday or Saturday), your tour guide will also take you to Rowley Mile and/or Lime Kilns, depending on which gallops are being used.
10.30 – 11.20 – A behind-the-scenes view of a busy working racing yard. Your trainer or their representative will show you around, introduce you to the horses, outline the yard routines, feeding regimes, and answer any questions you might have. We will confirm your trainer two weeks before your trip, enough time to check out their form.
11.30 – 13.00 – Time to visit the newly opened National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art which is situated in Charles II’s sporting palace and stables and spans five acres in the heart of Newmarket. It comprises of three complementary attractions; a new National Horseracing Museum, a National Art Gallery of British Sporting Art, and a chance to meet former racehorses and learn what they do after racing, in the flagship home of Retraining of Racehorses.
13.00 – 14.00 – Enjoy lunch at the Heritage Centre
14.10 – 16.00 – Time to head up to Tattersalls for a behind-the-scenes tour and learn what bloodstock agents and buyers are looking for when picking a horse to bid on. You will get to sit in the famous Tattersalls ring and witness the the adrenaline and excitement as horses are paraded and bid on for thousands of Guineas.
So, what are you waiting for? Experience all of the excitement of the Tattersalls Sales for yourself! Book your spot on the Discover Newmarket Tattersalls Tour today! Call 0344 748 9200, or click here.
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