French Fifteen: potential match for €100,000 buy SinguitaPICTURE: Scoopdyga
Abilene tops day two at Arqana December Sale
THE Wildenstein family's Abilene led the way during the second session of Arqana's Breeding-Stock Sale on Sunday after fetching €270,000 from Ghislain Bozo's Meridian International.
Offered out of training from Haras du Bois Roussel, the three-year-old filly won once this year before joining Francis-Henri Graffard, for whom she finished third in the Listed Prix Solitude at Saint-Cloud last month.
"We have bought her for our Capital Pur-Sang investment," said Bozo. "She will go back into training with Francis as he thinks that she can gain some more black type next year. She has good residual value and we will potentially look at re-selling her in the future."
From one of the Wildensteins' longest-standing families - that of dual Grade 1 winner Angara - the Samum filly is out of the Peintre Celebre mare Altamira, a three-parts sister to multiple Listed winner Aizavoski.
Bozo struck again later when going to €190,000 for Handana, a half-sister to stakes winners Hanabad and Hamairi from the family of Seal Of Approval and Hazarista.
Purchased on behalf of an established French breeder, the Aga Khan Studs-consigned three-year-old was placed third twice from four starts this season for Alain de Royer-Dupre.
"She's a lovely filly who has plenty of updates in her pedigree and we were keen to buy her," said Bozo. "The plan is that she will now retire to stud, although a stallion has not been chosen as yet."
A foal from the third crop of Mastercraftsman was subject to a fierce bidding war in which Liam Norris came out on top at €165,000.
The only lot by the Coolmore sire offered on the day, the Haras du Bois aux Proux-consigned colt is a close relative of Prix de Diane runner-up Tamazirte and Newmarket 1,000 Guineas runner-up Wannabe Grand.
"You have to give a lot for a nice horse and he is outstanding," said Norris, who had the final say over agent Jeremy Brummitt. "He was the pick of the sale for me and a lovely individual. I'll take him home to Clairemont Stud and all being well he will return to the sales next year."
A Haras de Grandcamp-consigned filly from the first crop of Poet's Voice also proved popular when fetching €115,000 from Philipp von Stauffenberg.
A half-sister to Group 2 Prix Noailles winner Grandcamp and this year's Listed scorer Piana, the April-born foal hails from the top German family of Farhh and Fame And Glory.
"She is a lovely foal by a very good racehorse," said Von Stauffenberg afterwards.
Singuita, a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Silvano and Sabiango, will be covered by first-season sire French Fifteen after selling to Alban de Mieulle for €100,000.
Purchased on behalf of Umm Qarn Farm, the Gestüt Fahrhof-consigned mare was sold in foal to their resident stallion Campanologist, who retired to the stud this year.
"She is from a lovely German family and has a good early covering date," said De Mieulle of the four-year-old.
"We have bought her with French Fifteen in mind and I think she will suit him very well."
A daughter of Konigstiger, Singuita's pedigree traces back to Group 1 Fillies' Mile winner Teggiano.
The aggregate of €5,472,500 was up 24 per cent compared to the same session in 2012. The average, median and clearance rate also rose.