The Goffs UK/Arqana 2020 Breeze-Up Sales will be held in Doncaster after all with the breeze to be held on Doncaster Racecourse on Sunday 28th June and the sale at the Doncaster Sales Complex on Wednesday 1st July.
Provisional plans had been made to hold the sales in Ireland but the return to Doncaster follows in depth discussions with Tattersalls to simplify logistics for all vendors and purchasers across all UK Breeze-Up Sales whilst the dates react to the recently announced racing programme for the resumption of British racing that sees racing at Doncaster on Friday 26th June.
Due to COVID-19, restrictions will be placed on the number of people attending the sale at Doncaster and all buyers who wish to attend must first register their interest with Goffs UK. Strict social distancing protocols in accordance with UK Government directives will be in place for the duration of the sale whilst BHA race day protocols will be implemented for the breeze on Doncaster Racecourse. Goffs UK will circulate details to all potential attendees in the near future whilst accommodation has been arranged with local hotels which can be booked directly with the hotel via a link from Goffs UK.
To acknowledge one of the key differences between Goffs UK and Arqana’s payment and billing conditions, a 5% Agents levy will be deducted from the sales proceeds of each lot sold from the Goffs UK and Arqana Breeze-Up catalogues, and paid to the purchasing Agent. Full details will be available in the modified Conditions of Sale which will be available closer to the sale. Those Conditions will apply to both catalogues to ensure all 2YOs are sold on the same basis and include the standard Goffs commission rates for both sales.
Goffs UK Managing Director Tim Kent commented: “The teams at Arqana and Goffs UK are doing everything we can to stage successful Breeze-Up Sales so holding them in Doncaster will make logistics far simpler. We are taking every precaution to make the sale as safe as possible and so we ask that all prospective buyers contact Goffs UK and/or Arqana to register their interest in attending.
“The extra time between breeze and sale acknowledges the additional challenges for buyers this year and we have worked with GBRI and ITM to provide conformation footage of all the two year olds to aid pre-sale decision making. In addition we will be offering a new on-line sale facility for those who cannot attend for which registrations will be taken in the week prior to sale. We will also have the full Goffs UK and Arqana teams on site to take phone bids, meaning bids can be taken in one of three ways, in person as usual, over the phone or via the internet.
“In advance we would like to thank BHA and all at Doncaster Racecourse for their help and positivity whilst acknowledging the offer of Naas Racecourse and HRI who were prepared to assist in hosting the breeze had that been necessary. We have also been pleased to work with Tattersalls to make the process as easy as possible for our many mutual vendors and purchasers”.
Arqana Executive Director Freddy Powell added: “The current context requires agility and cooperation, and this is what we are trying to deliver along with Goffs UK and Tattersalls. By holding all European breeze-ups in the same country, utilizing an on-line platform and providing a choice of bidding options, we are hoping to make buyers and vendors’ lives easier and give the sale every chance to succeed.”