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Arqana Deauville August Yearling Sale (Day One) - Saturday, August 15, 2015

Follow all the news from the first European yearling sale of the year at Arqana

  • Racehorse trainers, owners, breeders and stud staff from around the world have descended on the pretty Normandy seaside town of Deauville for the Arqana August Yearling Sale - the first auction of its kind in Europe of the year.

    This year's sale comes with the added excitement of the first yearlings by unbeaten ten-time Group 1 winner and dual world champion Frankel to go through the ring, as well as a sister to dual Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Treve on offer.

    The premier part of the sale takes place over two days, starting today at 5pm local time (4pm in Britain and Ireland).

    Just shy of €40 million was spent at last year's sale, with a top price of €1.2m paid by Tony Nerses for the Monsun filly Fadillah.

    Some of the lots who, judging by their pedigrees at least, could command the big prices are:

    4) Lawman-Wizz Kid filly
    Ballylinch Stud consigns the Lawman filly who is the first foal out of its Prix de l'Abbaye heroine Wizz Kid

    5) Oasis Dream-Yesterday filly
    The Coulonces Consignment offers this filly, who would eventually make a fine addition to even the glitziest broodmare band as a daughter of Oasis Dream out of Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Yesterday, a close relation to Diamondsandrubies, Quarter Moon etc

    7) Galileo-Zaneton filly
    Haras des Capucines presents the half-sister to Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Zagora

    8) Teofilo-Zeiting filly
    The half-sister to Group winners Combat Zone and Royal Empire, consigned on behalf of breeder Knocktoran Stud, has been noted by many on the grounds as a top physical specimen

    16) Nathaniel-Aquarelliste colt
    Haras du Lieu des Champs preps the first Nathaniel yearling to go through a ring - and the colt is out of the Wildenstein family's great racemare Aquarelliste, no less

    26) Excelebration-Blissful Beat colt
    Another by an exciting first-crop yearling sire, and one with a nice catalogue update - his half-brother Home Of The Brave won the Minstrel Stakes

    39) Sea The Stars-Dance Secretary filly
    Bred by Charles Fipke from the family of Perfect Soul, this filly's three-parts sister by Galileo sold here for €1 million last year

    41) Frankel-Danceabout colt
    This colt out of Sun Chariot Stakes winner Danceabout, bred by Qatar Bloodstock and offered by perennial leading consignor Ecurie des Monceaux, has the honour/burden of being the first yearling to represent his sire in sale ring

    51) Galileo-Ecoutila colt
    Haras d'Etreham offers this half-brother to stakes winners Enticement and Surfrider

    54) Galileo-Enora filly
    Another by the multiple champion sire, this one is out of German Oaks winner Enora and consigned by Newsells Park Stud

    59) Galileo-Fire Lily filly
    The first foal out of high-class racemare Fire Lily, and she hails from the prestigious Kilfrush Stud family of Last Tycoon and Immortal Verse

    85) Myboycharlie-L'Enjoleuse colt
    Ecurie des Monceaux offers this half-brother to last year's superstar miler Charm Spirit, and there is sure to be interest in him, even though he is by a sire not too often represented in premier yearling catalogues
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  • Some of today's lots pictured at their studs

    The Frankel colt out of Danceabout
    The Galileo filly out of Fire Lily 
    The Oasis Dream filly out of Yesterday


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  • Today's non-runners at Arqana:

    2, 17, 18, 28, 29, 36, 40, 53, 61, 72, 83
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  • Perceptive quote about boutique yearling sales from Richard Hughes in his column in today's Racing Post. His quest to find talent in his new career as a trainer starts in Deauville today.

    Deauville is a high-end sale, but I can guarantee there will be plenty of slobs in among the stunners. Some of those slobs will have the most gorgeous pedigrees and it's the best buyers in the world who can recognise that in three months' time the slob won't be a slob.
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  • The auction is just about to start, with racegoers from Deauville racecourse across the road spilling into the sales complex.

    Before we start, here's an update on last year's €1.2 million Arqana August top lot, a Monsun filly from the brilliant family of Samum and Sea The Moon named Fadillah and with Willam Haggas, from purchaser Tony Nerses.

    She's very exciting and has grown into a fine specimen - we are absolutely delighted to have her.  We hope to have her run at the end of the season, we're not in a rush with her.

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  • Lot 1) Kitten's Joy-Wave Of Applause colt

    The sale gets off to a good start with a colt by former champion US sire Kitten's Joy - offered by Voute Sales on behalf of the stallion's owner and chief supporters Ken and Sarah Ramsey - knocked down to John Ferguson for €150,000
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  • Lot 4) Lawman-Wizz Kid filly

    Ballylinch Stud sells a Lawman filly who is the first foal out of the operation's Prix de l'Abbaye heroine Wizz Kid for €160,000
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  • Lot 5) Oasis Dream-Yesterday filly

    The beautifully bred filly - her dam, Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Yesterday, hails from the outstanding family of Diamondsandrubies, Quarter Moon, Aussie Rules et al - returns home with her vendor after bidding reached €300,000.
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  • Lot 7) Galileo-Zaneton filly

    The cracking Galileo half-sister to Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Zagora from Haras des Capucines is knocked down to MV Magnier for €480,000.

    The price was a little less than the €650,000 Peter and Ross Doyle paid for her full-sister, the placed Al Anqa, at this sale two years ago.

    Magnier said:
    She's a lovely filly, full of quality. She's a half-sister to a champion and was a great mover. A filly we were really keen to get. We'll get her home now before making any decisions. 


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  • Lot 16) Nathaniel-Aquarelliste colt

    The first yearling by King George and Eclipse hero Nathaniel to go through the ring is knocked down for €90,000.

    The  chestnut colt, offered by Haras du Lieu des Champs, is out of the Wildenstein family's great racemare Aquarelliste - winner of the Prix de Diane, Prix Vermeille and Prix Ganay.
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  • Lot 21) Kendargent-Bedford Hope filly

    The sister to Group 3 winner and Coronation Stakes runner-up Kenhope is bought by Herve Bunel of Agence Fips for €250,000.

    Bunel reported after signing the ticket:

    "She's for a new client. I know the family very well, and she's a very good-looking filly."

    The filly's breeder Guy Pariente has enjoyed immense success with his rags-to-riches stallion Kendargent, who stands at Haras de Colleville in Normandy.

    He has also bred from the Group 2-placed son of Kendor the likes of Restiadargent, Kendam, Goken and, of course, Kenhope - who topped the 2013 Arqana Arc Sale when sold to Cyrus Poonawalla for €900,000.
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  • Lot 27) Invincible Spirit-Brasileira filly

    The first foal out of dual Listed winner Brasileira is knocked down to agent Michel Zerolo on behalf of an undisclosed client for €270,000.

    Invincible Spirit is undoubtedly a big draw - and is held in especially high esteem in France, where he has been represented by the likes of Charm Spirit, Lawman and Moonlight Cloud - but this filly had the added draw of being out of a Dubai Destination mare.

    Dubai Destination's reputation has enjoyed a resurgence this year, as his daughters have produced star performers Golden Horn, Postponed and Kachy.

    Zerolo said of his purchase:

    I like the sire a lot and she had it all, in particular her looks. She's from a fabulous family that has produced plenty of top fillies, which was a big draw.

    I love Dubai Destination as a broodmare sire and he's having a fabulous year. I don't know who will train the filly, but she'll definitely stay in France.



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  • Lot 35) Redoute's Choice-Copernica colt

    John Ferguson pays €450,000 for this colt out of the unraced Galileo mare Copernica, a sister to Beresford Stakes winner David Livingston.

    The sale represents a good pinhooking result for Ballyhane Stud, which bought the colt for 175,000gns at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale.

    Straight after signing the docket, Ferguson dashed off to watch his runner Swivel in the 5.40 at Market Rasen, but promised to tell us what he thought later...

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  • Lot 39) Sea The Stars-Dance Secretary filly

    Huge excitement as the Sea The Stars filly out of a Group 3-placed half-sister to Grade 1 winner Perfect Soul reaches €750,000 - however, it transpires she was a vendor buyback.

    She was bred by Charles Fipke and offered by Haras de la Reboursiere et de Montaigu.
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  • Lot 41) Frankel-Danceabout colt

    The first Frankel yearling to go under the hammer goes the way of Peter and Ross Doyle for €300,000.

    The colt - bred by Qatar Bloodstock and offered by Ecurie des Monceaux - is out of Sun Chariot Stakes heroine Danceabout, making him a half-brother to Listed winner Rainbow Dancing.

    Ross Doyle said:

    He's been bought for Al Shaqab Racing, he looked very racy and the most precocious lot by Frankel in the sale.

    The Frankels are all different shapes and sizes - this horse really moved well and I hope he can be successful.

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  • Back to lot 35, the Redoute's Choice colt bought for €450,000...

    Ferguson said, after returning from watching his runner, Swivel, finish second at Market Rasen:

    Redoute's Choice has been a phenomenal success in Australia and there is no reason why he won't prove himself in the northern hemisphere. This colt was a very athletic horse and had the looks to match. He has a stallion's pedigree and we're delighted to get a relative of High Chaparral.

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  • Lot 44) Invincible Spirit-Demurely filly

    This filly - bred jointly by Qatar Bloodstock and Ecurie des Monceaux, the team behind the first Frankel yearling colt sold - is knocked down to Hubie de Burgh for €610,000.

    She was being carried by Demurely - a Galileo half-sister to Irish Oaks heroine Moonstone who raced for Coolmore - when she was knocked down to Monceaux for 600,000gns at the 2013 Tattersalls December Breeding-Stock Sale.

    Hubie de Burgh said:

    She's for an international client, a big breeder who likes international pedigrees - and that's what she has.

    I've been coming here for years and done very well. It's a lovely sale and we always buy really sound horses.

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  • Lot 50) Invincible Spirit-Dubai Rose filly

    Another top result for perennial leading vendor Ecurie des Monceaux, as the daughter of German Listed winner Dubai Rose - by in-vogue broodmare sire Dubai Destination - is knocked down to a new partnership between Coolmore and Mayfair Speculators for €550,000.

    At last year's sale Mayfair Speculators bought the filly's half-sister - now named The Juliet Rose - for €650,000.

    South African agent Derek Brugman, who shops at Arqana assisted by Peter Doyle, said:

    She's a high-quality filly, and Dubai Destination is going to make it as a broodmare sire. 

    We bought the half-sister by Monsun here last year, she's in training with Nicolas Clement. 

    I'll speak to the Coolmore guys to see where she's going.

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  • Lot 59) Galileo-Fire Lily filly

    This Feburary-born filly, a daughter of the Group-winning Fire Lily - who was twice placed in the highest company at two - went the way of Hubie de Burgh at €410,000.

    Galileo's a great stallion and Fire Lily was a very good racemare from a really nice family. Plus, the Galileo/Danehill cross works really well.


    by Katherine Fidler edited by Martin Stevens 8/15/2015 6:10:44 PM
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  • Lot 77) Oasis Dream-Jane Eyre filly

    Ted Voute, who bought Dewhurst winner Belardo on behalf of Prince Faisal for €100,000 at this sale two years ago, is the winning bidder at €100,000 for this filly out of Jane Eyre, a daughter of Sadler's Wells and three-time Group 1 winner Albanova.
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  • Lot 85) Myboycharlie-LEnjoleuse colt

    The half-brother to last year's crack miler Charm Spirit - by Myboycharlie, who stands at just €5,000 - is knocked down to Freddy Head, dining in the restaurant, for €220,000.

    Yet another fine result for vendors par excellence, Ecurie des Monceaux.
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  • Lot 89) Shamardal-Lavande Violet colt

    A new top lot late in the day as  Darley buyer John Ferguson has to stretch to €720,000 to win a bidding war with Jehan Malherbe, standing with fellow South African Derek Brugman, for this Shamardal colt who is the second foal out of Lavande Violet, a winning half-sister to dual Classic winner and promising sire Lope De Vega, who is also by Shamardal.

    Ferguson said with ironic understatement that "he liked the sire", before adding:

    Shamardal is an extraordinary sire - he gets so many winners at different distances and they are all just such honest horses.

    Not only that, but this colt was just a really good individual out of a sister to a Classic winner who has got a Dewhurst winner [Belardo] in his first crop. The combination of that and the fact he is out of a lovely young mare - it just all fitted together.

    We saw him on the farm in Germany in May and were impressed, and it looks as though he has continued to thrive.

    The sale paid a huge compliment to the colt's breeder Dietrich von Boetticher of Gestut Ammerland, who also bred and raced Lope De Vega, and also Lavande Violet's sire Hurricane Run.

    In fact, Dietrich von Boetticher has said that it was the fact that Shamardal beat Hurricane Run in the 2005 Prix du Jockey Club that inspired him to send Lady Vettori, the dam of Lope De Vega and Lavande Violet, to the winner when he retired to stud.
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  • Today's sale closes with lot 94, a Teofilo colt out of Listed-placed Lumiere Astrale, hammered down for €110,000
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  • Day one statistics

    Trade on the opening day ended with turnover of €11,792,000, down 27 per cent compared with the corresponding session last year, which included two seven-figure lots. There were none today.

    The average dipped by 25 per cent to €190,194 and the median was down nine per cent at €155,000.

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