Rumours fly as to how Sydney Press negotiates with the TBA, when not all of his Northfields yearlings are accepted for the Select Evening at the National Sale. It is said that Press shows intent to hold a sale all of his own if no change is made.

The upshot of it is that the Select numbers are increased from 80 to 99 – including all of Coromandel’s Northfields yearlings. The revised Select List becomes a major source of discussion all around the country. As someone put it: “The TBA has ceased to represent the breeders. Like all bureaucracies, it only serves itself”.

The Futures Game (SA Racehorse, February 1986)
National Sale - a perspective (SA Racehorse May 1986)
Jonathan Irwin – the Irish View (SA Racehorse May 1986)

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