Most of the horses that come to Shalfleet arrive as yearlings, late each autumn. Many are bought at the key auctions that run from August to late October in France, America, Ireland and Britain. Europe’s major yearling sale takes place each October at Tattersalls, Newmarket. Jeremy purchases horses based on pedigree research and observations on conformation through personal inspection at the sales. He also trains for owner-breeders and is pleased to be asked to assess them pre-training at the respective farms where they have often been foaled.
The yearling sales provide many yards with their horses for the following season and beyond. But Jeremy has also done very well at the breeze-up sales - auctions each spring for young two-year-olds, who are in training. Buys such as La Chunga and Sander Camillo, from America, and Fleeting Spirit and Strike The Deal, purchased in Newmarket, have gone on to make their mark in top-class races. The Horses-In-Training sale, conducted at Tattersalls, is exactly what it says and takes place late in October.
Buying a horse at the sales can be a less-than-straightforward exercise. The catalogues can often have more than 1,000 lots detailed and it’s tough to know where to start. That’s where Jeremy would be delighted to help you take the first steps towards owning a racehorse. He attends many of the major northern-hemisphere yearling sales and works with a number of experienced bloodstock agents who have scoured the catalogues, and often vast sales grounds, identifying what they believe are the nicest horses, catering for different budgets.