The Sport Of Kings is often perceived solely as the playground of the super rich but if Blandford purchases over the last two decades have shown anything, it’s that you don’t have to pay a King’s ransom to buy a top class racehorse – so the joy of successful ownership is closer to hand than you think – if you receive the best advice.

Desert Crown winning The Derby (Gr.1)

Queen Elizabeth II with Ryan Moore

Most racehorses are purchased at public auction prior to racing either as foals, yearlings or two-year-old Breeze-Up horses while some horses may be purchased privately at anytime during their careers.  Breeding stock / broodmares may also go through an auction ring but many change hands privately.  In any of these cases, Blandford agents, with their unrivalled market knowledge and contacts, are ideally placed to assist you whatever your requirements.

If you are starting out on the road of racehorse ownership for the first time, many administrative details need to be completed such as registration of your horse / horses with Weatherbys and selection of racing colours, while an introduction to suitable trainers is of paramount importance.  There will also be financial decisions related to VAT management.  Again, Blandford has enormous experience with these processes and can provide you with the best advice.

Bargain buy Glen Shiel wins on Champions Day

Elusive Kate winning the Prix Marcel Boussac

When you buy a horse at public auction, you may decide to set aside a certain amount of money for expenditure.  Our role is to source the best horse / horses available to suit any budget.  We will compile a short list for you at the sale which takes into account pedigree, conformation and athleticism of the horses catalogued, following inspection by our experts.


A veterinary surgeon can be consulted, as at many major auctions horses are subject to X-Ray analysis and throat / airway endoscopic examination.  When all relevant points are covered, we are then ready to bid on your behalf.  Some buyers prefer to attend the sale in person while many others receive our advice via phone; a number of long standing clients are happy to leave the entire process to us.

To familiarise you with the international sales calendar, we now detail below the main auctions month by month.


JANUARYKeeneland January Horses of all Ages SaleUSA
Goffs UK Horses In Training SaleUK
Fasig-Tipton Mid Atlantic Winter Mixed SaleUSA
Magic Millions Yearling SaleAustralia
Cape Premier Yearling SaleSouth Africa

FEBRUARYTattersalls February SaleUK
Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed SaleUSA
Goffs February SaleIreland
Arqana February Mixed SaleFrance

MARCHFasig-Tipton Florida Two-Year-Olds in Training SaleUSA

APRILTattersalls Ireland Ascot Breeze-Up SaleUK
Keeneland Two-Year-Olds in Training SaleUSA
National Yearling SaleSouth Africa
Goffs UK Breeze-Up SaleUK
Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up SaleUK
Osarus Breeze-Up SaleFrance

MAYTattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up SaleUK
Arqana Breeze-Up SaleFrance
Fasig-Tipton Two-Year-Olds in Training SaleUSA
Goffs UK Spring National Hunt Store SaleUK
Goresbridge Breeze-Up SaleIreland
BBAG Breeze-Up SaleGermany

JUNEGoffs Land Rover Store SaleIreland
Goffs London SaleUK
Tattersalls Ireland Derby SaleIreland

JULYArqana Summer SaleFrance
Fasig-Tipton July SaleUSA

AUGUSTFasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling SaleUSA
Goffs UK August Store and HIT SaleUK
Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York Bred Yearling SaleUSA
Arqana August Yearling SaleFrance
Goffs UK Premier Yearling SaleUK
BBAG Yearling SaleGermany

SEPTEMBERTattersalls Ireland Ascot Yearling SaleUK
Keeneland September Yearling SaleUSA
Osarus Yearling SaleFrance
SGA Yearling SaleItaly
Tattersalls Ireland Yearling SaleIreland
Goffs Orby Yearling SaleIreland

OCTOBERArqana Arc SaleFrance
Tattersalls October Yearling Sales Books 1, 2 & 3UK
BBAG Mixed SaleGermany
Arqana October Yearling SaleFrance
Fasig-Tipton October SaleUSA
Tattersalls Autumn Horses In TrainingUK

NOVEMBERFasig-Tipton November SaleUSA
Keeneland November SaleUSA
Goffs UK Autumn Horses In Training SaleUK
Tattersalls Ireland November Hunt SaleIreland
Goffs November SaleIreland
Tattersalls December Yearling SaleUK
Tattersalls December Foal SaleUK

DECEMBERTattersalls December Mare SaleUK
Arqana December Breeding Stock SaleFrance
Goffs December National Hunt Foal SaleIreland