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Arqana August Yearling Sale - Monday, August 15, 2016

Follow all the news as it happens with the first European yearling sale of the year in France with the Arqana August Yearling Sale

  • It's the second and final premier day of the Arqana August Sale in Deauville on a Bank Holiday Monday in France.

    Yesterday's opening session recorded quite strong trade, with turnover up on last year's comparative session by around a quarter to €14,116,000 but the average down by around four per cent to €185,737.

    A very encouraging sign of market health was a near 12-point percentage increase in clearance rate year-on-year, with 76 of the 91 lots offered having changed hands, for 84 per cent.

    Progeny of Frankel and Invincible Spirit proved in hot demand, with five lots by the former selling for an average of €412,000 and six lots by the latter making an average of €345,000.

    The top lot was a Frankel half-brother to Group 3-placed La Peinture, from the great Wildenstein family of Peintre Celebre, sold to Shadwell for €850,000.

    The Frankel colt who topped the first session at €850,000

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  • A quick glance at some of the eye-catching pedigrees on day two:

    95) b f Rock Of Gibraltar-Princess Sofia
    A sister to dual Group 1 winner and sire Prince Gibraltar

    97) b f Galileo-Prudenzia
    Half-sister to Irish Oaks winner Chicquita and three million-euro Arqana August yearlings

    99) b f Galileo-Quetsche
    Daughter of the multiple champion sire out of a Group 3 winner

    103) b c New Approach-Reggane
    Son of a Grade 1 EP Taylor Stakes winner

    104) b c Frankel-Restiadargent
    By the sire of the moment, first foal out of Diamond Jubilee Stakes third

    110) br f Camelot-Rumored
    Half-sister to joint-champion two-year-old Dabirsim

    113) b f Frankel-Sasuela
    Half-sister to Group 1 winner Seismos and former Arqana August top lot Fadillah

    114) b f Galileo-Secrete
    Relation to Plumania bred on same Galileo-Cape Cross nick as Australia

    119) b c Invincible Spirit-Soneva
    By a popular sire at Arqana and a half-brother to Qatar Listed winner The Blue Eye

    125) b f Redoute's Choice-Spring Morning
    Half-sister to Group 1 winner and 2,000 Guineas second French Fifteen

    126) b f Invincible Spirit-Strawberry Roan
    Out of a Classic-placed sister to Imagine and half-sister to Generous

    129) b f Invincible Spirit-Sun Bittern
    A sister to recent Prix Maurice de Gheest winner Signs Of Blessing

    137) gr c Dark Angel-Trip To The Moon
    Out of a Listed winner and an expensive pinhook at €230,000

    141) b c Oasis Dream-Vezina
    A half-brother to Group 1 winner Morandi

    142) b f Oasis Dream-Virginia Waters
    Out of a 1,000 Guineas winner

    147) gr f Style Vendome-Wing Stealth
    Half-sister to dual Group 1 heroine Covert Love

    148) ch f Galileo-Withorwithoutyou
    Half-sister to Golden Jubilee Stakes winner Art Connoisseur

    154) b c Le Havre-Absolute Lady
    Brother to this year's dual Classic winner La Cressoniere

    158) gr c Frankel-Alix Road
    Half-brother to Prix Greffulhe winner Sumbal

    160) b c Frankel-Alta Stima
    Out of a Listed-winning daughter of Raven's Pass

    174) b c Dark Angel-Bluebell
    Hails from the family of Lilbourne Lad

    179) ch c Dutch Art-Caesarine
    Half-brother to dual Group 2 winner Cladocera

    187) ch c Lethal Force-Cloghran
    Half-brother to Group 1 winner Robin Of Navan

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  • Lot 95 Rock Of Gibraltar-Princess Sofia (Pennekamp)

    Second session underway with a Rock Of Gibraltar sister to dual Group 1 winner and Haras de Montaigu sire Prince Gibraltar sold for €150,000
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  • Two very well-bred fillies from Ecurie des Monceaux went under the hammer within minutes of each other and both were sold to Coolmore and Mayfair Speculators, the partnership behind the exciting Leopardstown maiden winner Douglas Macarthur, for big prices.

    Lot 97) b f Galileo-Prudenzia (Dansili)

    A remarkable fourth seven-figure yearling for Prudenzia, a Listed-winning daughter of Dansili and Monceaux's foundation mare Platonic, at the Arqana August Yearling Sale - and that's not including Chicquita, who was bought for €600,000 before she went on to win the Irish Oaks.

    This filly's sisters Sinnamary and Truth sold for €1,1m and €1m in 2012 and 2013, while her Invincible Spirit half-brother Craven's Legend sold for €1.1m in 2014. Altogether, Prudenzia's yearlings at Arqana have generated €5.2m; Platonic was bought with Prudenzia in foal for 100,000gns at Tattersalls in December 2004.

    Barry Weisbord and James Delahooke, acting for US celebrity chef Bobby Flay, were underbidders.

    Lot 99) Galileo-Quetsche (Gone West)

    Hubie de Burgh, standing with Australian breeder John Camilleri, tried hard to get this daughter of the Group 3-winning Gone West mare Quetsche, but could not resist the buying power of Coolmore and Mayfair Speculators.

    Peter Doyle, speaking on behalf of the axis that bought both fillies, said:

    They’ve both been bought for the partnership between Mayfair Speculators and Coolmore. Both fillies are gorgeous individuals. We’ll have to decide on which filly goes where, we’re not sure yet. At the moment we have a number of trainers - David Wachman, Aidan O’Brien, Andre Fabre, Nicolas Clement, Richard Hannon, William Haggas - but we’re still to work it all out.

    A naturally delighted Henri Bozo, principal of Ecurie des Monceaux, said:

    It’s nice to be able to relax, we were confident coming into today that we had two really smashing fillies - they’re both by the stallion of the century. We’re very grateful to the regular clients MV [Magnier] and Markus Jooste for supporting us.

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  • Lot 104) b c Frankel-Restiadargent

    The Frankel show continues as a colt from Haras de Colleville who is the first foal out of Group 2 winner and Diamond Jubilee Stakes third Restiadargent is sold to trainer Pascal Bary for €520,000.

    Bary reported:

    We were underbidder on the top lot from yesterday, these Frankels are proving very difficult to buy. The one last night was more of a Classic type but this one is much more of a two-year-old. He’s not over big but he’s got very good conformation. Obviously the mare was very good too.

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  • Lot 113) b f Frankel-Sasuela (Dashing Blade)

    Yet another Frankel brings an eye-catching price, with the Monceaux-consigned filly out of Sasuela fetching €600,000.

    Japanese agent Takashi Iiyama signed the docket, and he said: 

    She’s going back to Japan where Keiji Yoshimura will train her. My owner - Kenji Ryotokuji - is starting his own breeding operation so she’s been bought with that in mind.

    She’s not the biggest but she’s very well put together. I saw Frankel in Newmarket and he’s similar - good bodied and a nice mover.

    This is my first time in Deauville - there’s nice weather, nice restaurants and a lot of good horses so I’m very happy.

    The filly boasts a strong German page, with smart stayer Seismos and Group 3 Grosse Europa Meile winner Samba Brazil the most prominent of her eight winning half-siblings. Further back it is the family of Schiaparelli and Sea The Moon.
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  • Lot 129) b f Invincible Spirit-Sunbittern

    Consignor Haras du Mezeray were blessed with a big update the week before the sale when this filly's full-brother Signs Of Blessing landed the Prix Maurice de Gheest.

    Ted Voute landed the daughter of Invincible Spirit on behalf of Prince Faisal, for whom he picked up Lockinge Stakes hero Belardo for €100,000 at this sale three years ago.
    Voute said:

    She’s been bought for Prince Faisal’s Nawara Stud. We’ll bring her home but as she has French premiums she’s likely to come back to France. We’ve only got one trainer and that’s Andre [Fabre].

    She’s very athletic and has a very good mind on her. The prince looks at all the videos online and picks out the ones he wants me to look at. He led me to her and then it's just my job to make sure everything is in the right place.

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  • Lot 135) dk b f Teofilo-Tres Ravi (Monsun)

    Arqana has so far been the Galileo and Frankel show, but another son of Galileo provided a big price when Teofilo's daughter out of Group 3-placed Tres Ravi, making her a half-sister to Group winners Tres Blue and Tres Rock Danaon.

    Angus Gold of Shadwell was the winning bidder at €500,000. He reported:

    She’s a lovely filly, very athletic. Obviously she’s going to stay, being by Teofilo out of a Monsun mare, but I thought she had real quality and for a filly that’s bred to stay, she looked to have a bit of something about her.

    The mare’s done very well, she’s an old mare but this certainly isn’t an old mare’s foal. She has a lovely attitude, thoroughly genuine. All the trainers loved her so I’m thrilled to buy her.

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  • Lot 154) b c Le Havre-Absolute Lady (Galileo)

    A full-sibling to a dual Classic winner was always going to be in strong demand, and so it proved when Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock was forced all the way up to €520,000 for the brother to this year's Poule d'Essai des Pouliches and Prix de Diane heroine La Cressonniere.

    John Gosden will be the recipient of the well-bred colt, who was offered by the Coulonces Consignment on behalf of breeder Gerard Augustin-Normand.

    Brown said:

    The pedigree is pretty obvious, he’s a full-brother to a Classic winner. I’m a big fan of the stallion and I loved him as an individual - I’ve seen him a number of times. John will train him and he liked the horse very much as well. I’m delighted to get him.

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  • Lot 172) b f Lope De Vega-Biswa (Kafwain)

    Richard Brown lands the Lope De Vega sister to Prix Djebel winner Ride Like The Wind, bred by SF Bloodstock and consigned by Ecurie des Monceaux.

    Brown, who was acting on behalf of an existing client, reported:

    I love the stallion and she's a full-sister to a decent sort. It's a family I know well as Ariege [Santa Anita Oaks winner, a half-sister to the dam Biswa] was the first Grade 1 winner I ever bought.

    She was a big, strong imposing type with a great action and she hails from a good family of fillies.

    I don't know any plans yet.

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  • Lot 182) b f Redoute's Choice-Chanterelle (Trempolino)

    A big late strike from Angus Gold of Shadwell, who gives €500,000 for this Redoute's Choice filly out of a sister to Grade 3 scorer Cox Orange, the dam of 1,000 Guineas third Vista Bella, and half-sister to Prix Marcel Boussac winner Amonita.

    Gold said:

    We really liked her as an individual, she’s a nice, scopey filly from one of the best Mezeray pedigrees. She’s got a very strong female family further back and she’s by one of the great stallions of the world. We’ve had a lot of luck with Redoute’s Choice in Australia. We also bred seven mares to him a few years ago to northern hemisphere time and brought them back here and four of them won stakes races. We haven’t seen that many Redoute’s Choices in Europe but the ones we’ve had we’ve had a lot of luck with and hopefully we can do it again.

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  • Average and median down

    Over the first two premier days of trade, 140 lots from 172 offered changed hands for a clearance rate of 81 per cent – up from 77 per cent last year.

    Turnover excluding private sales clocked in at €29,861,000, down five per cent from 2015, while the average dropped 14 per cent to €213,293.

    The median fell to €150,000 from €160,000 in the preceding year.

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