Thoroughbred Sales

Britain is the home of two of the world’s most internationally renowned thoroughbred auctioneers, Tattersalls (established in 1766) and Doncaster Bloodstock Sales, holding 22 sales between them throughout the year. The quality, value and choice these companies offer is unrivalled and thoroughbreds from these auctions regularly excel on the world stage. Sales types include those for yearlings (between one and two years old), race-ready two-year-olds, horses in training, foals (one year old or younger), broodmares and fillies (breeding stock).

Bloodstock Agent

The role of the modern bloodstock agent within the racing and breeding industry is extremely important, and perhaps even more so when the first time investor is involved. British based agents have developed an international reputation for first class service founded on integrity, expertise and professionalism. A thorough knowledge of the bloodstock market, on both an international and domestic scale, means that they are ideally qualified to offer the best possible advice on the purchase and management of racing and breeding stock and associated services.


Year after year, British horseracing allows you to experience championship races of a vast variety of racecourses that are each diverse. The number of Group 1 races that take plan in Britain exceeds all of its European counterparts, many of these races attract international participants looking to earn the prestige that is gained by winning at the highest level on British soil. Racegoers can revel in quality racing festivals throughout the year, from Newmarket, Chester and York in the Spring, Newmarket’s July Course and Goodwood in high summer, right through to Doncaster and Ayr to an exciting climax at Newmarket in the autumn for the last flat festival.


There are over 5,000 Thoroughbred foals born in Great Britain every year, and over 110,000 born worldwide. Each one can trace their ancestry back through the father’s line to one of three horses – the Godolphin Arabian, the Byerley Turk or the Darley Arabian. Originally bred to cope with endurance tests as mature horses, the nature of the Thoroughbred has changed along with the demands of racing. They have become much larger, faster over shorter distances and are maturing earlier. Thoroughbreds are often highly-strung creatures but it is this nervous energy which enables them to run faster than other breeds of horse. They are capable of clocking approximately 45 miles per hour.

Breeding Racehorses

Thoroughbreds have been bred in Britain for over 300 years. That’s a long time to build a knowledge base on a subject and is one of the reasons foals raised here enjoy a head start in life. Britain boasts around 350 registered stallions, and over 10,000 broodmares produce the annual crop of just under 6,000 foals. There are more than 2,200 commercial stud farms, and these properties account for over 150,000 acres of land. Many British-based stallions feature in the highest echelons of the world echelons of the world classifications and are in constant demand around the globe due to the successes of their progeny at home and in top races around the world.  The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA) is the official body that represents thoroughbred breeders in Britain.

Doncaster Bloodstock Sales (DBS), Yorkshire, England – Auctioneers

Derby and Grand National winning trainer Willie Stephenson joined forces with fellow trainer Ken Oliver and they started Doncaster Bloodstock Sales, a Thoroughbred Auction house, in May 1962.  In 2007 DBS merged with Goffs Bloodstock Sales in Ireland.

DBS sell over 3,500 horses a year.  The day to day running of the Auction House takes place from the company offices in Hawick, in the Scottish Borders, whilst they run ten sales a year from the new state-of-the-art Sales Complex in Doncaster, Yorkshire and one further Sale at another location.

Goffs, Kildare, Ireland – Auctioneers

Robert J. Goff was appointed official auctioneer to the Turf Club in 1866. They hold eight bloodstock sales a year from the Goffs sales complex and in addition stage a Flat Breeze Up sales on at Kempton Racecourse near London and Dundalk Racecourse in Ireland.  .  In 2007 Goffs merged with Doncaster Bloodstock Sales in England.

Tattersalls, Newmarket, England – Auctioneers

Europe’s Largest Bloodstock Auctioneers and the world’s oldest, dating back to 1766. From Park Paddocks in Newmarket, Tattersalls offers more than 5,000 thoroughbreds each year. The nine different sales include market leaders in every category.

Tattersalls Ireland, Fairyhouse, Ireland – Auctioneers

A sister company to Tattersalls in Newmarket, there are nine auctions that take place throughout the year in the complex next door to Fairyhouse racecourse.

Brightwells, England – Auctioneers

Brightwells have been auctioneers since 1846 and operate a number of sales from Ascot Racecourse and Cheltenham

Arqana, France – Auctioneers

There has been a sale at the Deauville since 1887.  In August 2006, the merger of the Agence Française de Vente de Pur-Sang with Goffs France, on the initiative of several investors led by H.H. the Aga Khan, gave birth to the Arqana group.  They hold a number of sales both at their main Deauville complex and at Saint-Cloud racecourse in Paris.

Goresbridge, Kilkenny, Ireland – Auctioneers

Goresbridge Horse Sales were founded in 1968, and have since developed into one of the world’s leading sport horse auction centres and also hold Thoroughbred auctions.

Keeneland Association, Kentucky, USA – Auctioneers

Keeneland was established in 1935 and hosts some of the very biggest and best quality Thoroughbred sales in the world.

Fasig-Tipton, USA – Auctioneers

Formed in 1898 by William B. Fasig and Edward A. Tipton, Fasig-Tipton Co. is North America’s oldest Thoroughbred auction company.  Synergy Investments Ltd., a Dubai-based company headed by Abdulla Al Habbai, purchased Fasig-Tipton Co. in 2008.  They have sales pavilions in Lexington, Saratoga, and Timonium, Maryland.

Ocala Breeders’ Sales (OBS), Florida, USA – Auctioneers

OBS hold a number of Thoroughbred Auctions at their Florida complex.

Barretts Equine, California, USA – Auctioneers

Barretts was founded in 1989. Four auctions are now held annually.

William Inglis & Sons, Australia – Auctioneers

William Inglis & Son commenced operations in 1867 selling farm produce.  The bloodstock operation commenced in 1906 in Newmarket, Randwick, Sydney.  They hold a number of sales from their Sydney and Melbourne sales complexes.

Magic Millions, Australia – Auctioneers

Established in 1986, Magic Millions now has offices on the Gold Coast in Queensland as well as in Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth.

New Zealand Bloodstock (NZB), Karaka, New Zealand – Auctioneers

Established 1927, NZB hold a number of sales each year.

BBAG, Baden-Baden, Germany – Auctioneers

Germany’s leading auction house.

SGA, Italy – Auctioneers

Holds sales in Milan, Rome & Pisa

Bloodstock South Africa , South Africa – Auctioneers

Holds a number of sales across the country.

aBullrich, Argentina – Auctioneers

Holds a number of sales across the country.

Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (CTHS), Ontario, Canada – Auctioneers

Founded in 1906, they hold various sales throughout the year.

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