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Arqana August Yearling Sale - Sunday, August 14, 2016

Our live blog brings you all the action from the first European yearling sale of the year from Deauville which plays host to the Arqana August Yearling Sale

    Lot 22 ch c Dutch Art-Girl Power (Key Of Luck)

    Bidding for Slade Power reached only £5,000 when he was offered as a yearling, before he raced for his breeder Sabena Power and developed into a leading sprinter.

    The sale of his brother at Deauville panned out very differently, with Mark Richards of the Hong Kong Jockey Club forced all the way up to €450,000 for the chestnut, consigned by Horse Park Stud.

    It's good to get a nice horse early in the sale. He's bred to be a fast horse, he looks like a fast horse and he's got a great temperament. What I particularly liked about Slade Power was that he did it for so many years. We don't want to buy fast, sharp two-year-olds, we're trying to buy horses that'll last a while. 
    If there was one horse here that I really wanted to go home with it was him so it's nice to have him.  

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    Lot 57 gr c Frankel-Manerbe (Unbridled's Song)

    Becomes the dearest Frankel yearling sold so far today. The grey colt had North American connections as a daughter of the winning Unbridled's Song mare Manerbe and a half-brother to Woodbine Grade 3 winner Marbre Rose, and it is one of the most famous US owners who is taking him home after agent Justin Casse won the day at €410,000.

    Casse said: 

    He'll go back to America. I thought he was debatably the best Frankel in the sale. There's some strong American influence in the pedigree with Unbridled Song, that was the main draw. Obviously with Frankel being as hot as he is, everyone around the world knows the sire and knows how well he's doing, he's a pretty hot commodity right now. 
    I may not be the authority on Frankels but from what I've seen they seem to be mare-dominant, so far as their looks. Unbridled Song himself is a beautiful specimen and I see a lot of Unbridled Song in this horse.

    Asked about the possibility of a Frankel going on dirt, Casse added:

     I think it's a possibility, there's enough in the pedigree to suggest it's a definite probability. He'll definitely start training on dirt as that's all we have to train on in Florida. It'll all depend on which trainer the owners decided on and how he's training. The nice thing about a horse like this is that the pedigree lets you have lot of options as to the surface.

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    Lot 64 b c Camelot-Miss Emma May (Hawk Wing)

    A good result for triple Classic winner and first-season sire Camelot as Coolmore and Mayfair Speculators team up to buy Ecurie des Monceaux's half-brother to Listed-placed Leader Writer.

    The same partnership races Douglas Macarthur, a leading fancy for next year's Classics after dotting up in a Leopardstown maiden last time out.

    Peter Doyle, who signed for the colt with MV Magnier, said:

    He's a very nice horse, he's the nicest Camelot in the sale. We like Camelot, we've seen a lot of nice foals by him. Aidan O'Brien will train him and he'll be owned by the Coolmore team and the Mayfair Speculators. 

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