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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

  • Welcome to the opening session of the Arqana August Yearling Sale, one of the most glamorous auctions on the circuit and blessed this year by glorious sunshine.

    There are usually fireworks at this sale - there certainly were last year when a Dubawi colt out of Pacifique sold for a record-breaking €2.6 million to John Ferguson and a sister to Treve went to seven figures but returned home with her breeders and vendors, the Head family.

    With nine yearlings by the red-hot Frankel, five by his outstanding sire Galileo and one by the always in-demand Dubawi on offer, there is bound to be lots of sales ring drama again.

    The session starts at 5.30pm local time, 4.30pm BST.
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  • Some of the more obviously eye-catching pedigrees up for sale on day one include . . .

    2) b c Nathaniel - Danaskaya (Danehill)
    A half-brother to champion two-year-old and Lockinge hero Belardo

    6) b f Sea The Stars-Diamond Tango (Acatenango)
    A Sea The Stars filly out of Prix de Pomone winner Diamond Tango

    17) b c Frankel-Faithfilly (Red Clubs)
    The first foal out of a Listed winner and by the sire of the moment

    18) ch f Le Havre-First Fleet (Woodman)
    A half-sister to Group 3 winners French Navy and Sea Lord

    21) dk b c Frankel-Funny Girl (Darshaan)
    By Frankel and a half-brother to stakes winners Laugh Out Loud

    25) b f Dubawi-Gracefully (Orpen)
    The only representative of her sire in the sale and a half-sister to Falmouth Stakes winner Giofra

    27) b c Invincible Spirit - Green Swallow (Green Tune)
    A half-brother to Prix de Malleret winner Yellow And Green

    34) b f Sea The Stars - Jessica's Dream (Desert Style)
    Out of a Group 3 winner and a half-sister to Group 1 winner Havana Gold

    37) b c Lawman - Kartica (Rainbow Quest)
    A half-brother to this season's dual Group 1 winner Qemah

    43) b c Frankel-L'Ancresse (Darshaan)
    Out of Irish Oaks and Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf second L'Ancresse

    44) b c Invincible Spirit-L'Enjoleuse (Montjeu)
    A brother to top miler and sire Charm Spirit

    66) ch c Exceed And Excel-Molly Malone (Lomitas)
    Out of a Prix du Cadran winner

    77) b f Camelot-Necklace (Darshaan)
    By an interesting first-season sire out of a Moyglare Stud Stakes winner

    86) b c Big Bad Bob-On Fair Stage (Sadler's Wells)
    Half-brother to Prix du Jockey Club winner Reliable Man

    92) ch c Frankel-Pertinence (Fasliyev)
    A half-brother to Group 3-placed La Peinture

    93) b f Intello-Platonic (Zafonic)
    By another intriguing first-season sire and from a commercially popular family

    94) ch c Reliable Man-Pride (Peintre Celebre)
    Out of a brilliant racemare and a half-brother to a Group 2 winner

    The Big Bad Bob half-brother to Reliable Man in the sunshine 

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  • Here's a reminder of some articles to whet your appetite for the sale that we've published in recent days.

    Henri Bozo talks about Platonic, the money-spinning foundation mare for Ecurie des Monceaux

    Agents Marc-Antoine Berghgracht, Richard Brown, Charlie Gordon-Watson, Stephen Hillen and Rob Speers give their predictions for trade

    Feature on Haras du Cadran, which consigns a half-brother to dual Group 1 heroine Qemah

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  • Lot 2 b c Nathaniel-Danaskaya (Danehill)

    An early lot always bound to fetch a big price, as a half-brother to Lockinge winner and €100,000 Arqana August graduate Belardo, and does not disappoint when selling to Charlie Gordon-Watson for €250,000.

    Gordon-Watson reported:

    He's going to Ed Dunlop and he's been bought for Dr Johnny Hon from Hong Kong, who bought the Galileo here at the breeze-up sale. I think Nathaniel is definitely going to come good, by the time of Book 1 the Nathaniels might cost a bit more. 

    He's a mid-April foal so he's going to improve a lot, these Deauville August yearlings just transform. And he's a half-brother to Belardo!

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  • Lot 17 b c Frankel-Faithfilly (Red Clubs)

    The consensus was buyers would be made to dig deeper for Frankel yearlings after the excellent start the dual world champion has made with his early two-year-old runners, and the first of his representatives at Arqana this year bore out that presumption.

    Angus Gold of Shadwell was made to go to €300,000 for this colt who is the first foal out of the Listed-winning Red Clubs mare Faithfilly, from the ever-popular Ecurie des Monceaux.

    Gold said: 

    He's a very solid little horse that looks like more of a two-year-old than some of the Frankels we've seen. Obviously it's very exciting what the stallion is doing, particularly as they didn't look precocious individuals last year. It seems to me they're not doing it because they're fast, they're doing it because they've got class, which is the exciting thing. 
    I got it completely wrong and thought they'd all make three-year-olds, which shows what I know. 
    It's nice that Sheikh Hamdan is back here, he hasn't been for a few years. He'll make all the final decisions but they'll head back to England first. 

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  • 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 25 b f Dubawi-Gracefully (Orpen)

    All eyes were on this lot from Ecurie des Monceaux, a brilliantly bred Dubawi half-sister to Falmouth Stakes heroine Giofra and three other stakes winners, and when bidding quickly raced up to €1 million it looked like we were in for fireworks.

    It wasn't to be, however, as bidding quickly stalled at €1m and it emerged the filly - the only representative of the sire in the catalogue - had been bought back.

    Ecurie des Monceaux principal Henri Bozo reported:
    “She's from a fantastic family and at that price we would rather keep her as a broodmare prospect.”

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  • Lot 39 b c Al Kazeem-Keene Dancer (Danehil Dancer)

    The sole lot on offer from the subfertility-curtailed first crop of Al Kazeem was bought on behalf of Macau Jockey Club chief executive Thomas Li for €360,000, with Hugo Palmer the underbidder.

    As well as his rarity value, he hails from one of his vendor Newsells Park Stud's best families, as he is out of Keene Dancer, a winning daughter of Danehill Dancer and the operation's Prix de l'Opera heroine Kinnaird.

    Kinnaird has produced Group 2 winner Kinnaird and the dam of dual Group 2-winning two-year-old Ivawood.

    George Ma, who signed the docket on behalf of Li, reported:

    I bought the horse on behalf of Macau Jockey Club chief executive Thomas Li. We loved the horse a lot, a lot of the Dubawi line horses look like he does. He's by a freshman sire but most of Dubawi's sire sons are proven so we have confidence in Al Kazeem. The horse will stay in France for a short break and then we'll think about his future

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  • Lot 41 b c Invincible Spirit-Kiltubber (Sadler's Wells)

    Up-and-coming trainer George Scott has an extremely well-bred horse to go to war with after he and Alex Elliott saw off all opposition for an Invincible Spirit brother to Concorde Stakes winner Anam Allta and half-brother to Group-winning stayers Fox Hunt and Opinion with a bid of €420,000.

    Elliott was tight-lipped about whose silks the grandson of Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Priory Belle would carry.

    He said: "He's been bought to go to George Scott for a new client – George is absolutely flying so he's an easy sell at the moment. This horse has a fantastic pedigree and comes from a very good farm."

    Scott, who recently celebrated a winner at Glorious Goodwood with Illusive, added: “He was my pick of the sale so I'm delighted to get him.”

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  • Lot 44 b c Invincible Spirit-L'Enjoleuse (Montjeu)

    Fresh from his noble effort in the Mongol Derby, Sheikh Fahad made a splash when having the final say on the brother to three-time Group 1-winning miler Charm Spirit.

    Charm Spirit was campaigned by Sheikh Fahad's close relations and stands under the Qatar Racing banner in partnership with the Aga Khan Studs. The winning buyer was happy to return to a happy hunting ground.

    Sheikh Fahad said:

    "He's as nice as his brother, maybe even a bit nicer. You can never have enough of a good thing. I think it's a fair price for him - a full-brother to a stallion. It's too early to say who'll train him, we'll decide that around December."

    He added the Mongol Derby was "a great challenge - I really enjoyed it"
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  • Lot 59 b c Invincible Spirit-Marvada (Elusive City)

    Another fine result for Invincible Spirit as MV Magnier signs at €475,000 for an Invincible Spirit colt out of Marvada, a Group 3-winning daughter of Elusive City, from Grove Stud.

    Magnier said:

    He looks a very good horse, he's a good mover and Invincible Spirit is capable of getting a good horse. All the guys liked him so let's hope he's a good one

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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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  • Lot 84 ch c Intello-Nuit Polaire (Kheleyf)

    Amanda Skiffington goes to €320,000 to buy a chestnut colt from the first crop of Intello from a strong German family that includes Group 1-winning siblings Nutan and Nymphea.

    He was another in-demand lot from Ecurie des Monceaux.

    Skiffington said:

    He has real presence and is very well-balanced. We've been lucky with our first-crop sires. I reckon if we wait for them to be proven we can't afford them if they're that nice!"

    Among the top horses by first-season sires Skiffington has bought for Carmichael Jennings are Saturday's Washington Singer Stakes winner Escobar (by Famous Name, cost €280,000) and Ivawood (by Zebedee, cost 220,000gns)

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  • Lot 92 ch c Frankel-Pertinence (Fasliyev)

    The first session top lot comes late in the day as, three lots from the end, the May-born half-brother to Group 3-placed La Peinture sells to Angus Gold of Shadwell for €850,000.

    All five Frankels offered in the first of the sale's two sessions changed hands for six-figure prices.

    “This Frankel is a very athletic individual,” said Gold of the May-born chestnut from Ecurie des Monceaux. “We've had a bit of luck buying from Monceaux before - they do a great job - and the mare has bred a good filly already.

    “He's not an early sort but he's very elegant, very light on his feet when we trotted him up, and he seems to have a lovely attitude on him. Hopefully this time next year we'll see him out on the track.

    Gold accepted that the frenzy surrounding Frankel's first crop had placed a premium on his offspring.

    “Three months ago we'd have probably bought him for €400,000 but that's the fashion when the stallion is on a roll,” he said. “We were underbidder on two others so Sheikh Hamdan thought he'd save his powder for this fellow.

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    At the end of the first session, 76 lots from 91 offered had changed hands for a clearance rate of 84 per cent – up sharply from last year's comparative tally of 72 per cent.

    Turnover came in at €14,116,000, an increase of 26 per cent from last year, although the average price dropped by four per cent to €185,737.

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