Arqana Mixed Sale improves upon 2009
ARQANA kicked off their season with its mixed sale at Saint-Cloud yesterday, where the average, aggregate and median were all above last year's figures.
The aggregate (€1,128,000/£998,230) was a 38 per cent improvement on 2009, whereas the average (€9,024/£7,986) was up 59 per cent and the median (€4,000/£3,000) climbed 33 per cent, although the clearance rate was 58 per cent, compared to 68 per cent in 2009.
A total of 237 lots were catalogued, of which the first 27 were from the dispersal of the late Zakaria Hakam's bloodstock interests.
The Hakam draft consisted of yearlings, horses of racing age and broodmares, and between them 20 were sold at an aggregate of €487,000 (£430,973), average of €24,350 (£21,549) and a median of €14,000 (£12,389).
The sale-topper was a Muhtathir two-year-old filly named Ivory Pearl, who was bought by agent and Haras de la Cauviniere owner Sylvain Vidal for €77,000 (£68,142).
Vidal was busy at last year's yearling and breeding stock sales buying fillies and mares with which to support new Cauviniere stallion Le Havre.
Ivory Pearl is out of the unraced Peintre Celebre mare Ivory Coast, whose three runners have all won, including the triple-winning juvenile colt from last season Ivory Land, who has already won at Listed level.
The nine-year-old Ivory Coast was sold earlier in the session for €54,000 (£47,788) to bloodstock agent David Redvers.
David Redvers: bought Ivory Coast for €54,000PICTURE: CAROLINE NORRIS
The smartly-bred four-year-old filly Absolute Lady changed hands for €40,000 (£35,398), with Vidal again having the final say. Consigned by Haras du Logis, she is a daughter of Galileo out of the Nell Gwyn Stakes winner Lil's Jessy, although her best effort on the track was when only fourth of 17 at Clairefontaine from six starts at three.
Bidding for the Grade 2-placed Blue Bresil reached €76,000, with Agence FIPS securing the entire.
The five-year-old son of Smadoun has won three races to date, and has also placed at both Grade 3 and Listed level, although he was well beaten in the Prix du Jockey Club and the Arc.
More recently Blue Bresil has been tried over hurdles, filling the runner-up spot, at Grade 2 and 3 level, on the first three of his five runs at in that sphere at Auteuil. He was sold by Freddy Tondelier.
The final lot on offer, a one-fortieth share in the stallion Tomorrow's Cat, was not sold.
Guy Petit bought 13 lots for a total of €77,500 (£68,584). He said: "There was a good market, every horse that was worth something was sold. The better lots sold well - we are going the right way; once we get rid of the bad horses trade will be strong."
Petit bought two of the Hakam dispersal draft, a Whywhywhy yearling filly out of the Listed-placed Zaynab, and a Hold That Tiger colt named Zack Tiger out of juvenile winner Energetic Star. Petit added: "The Hakam dispersal horses achieved good prices. The two I bought will go to the leading Swiss trainer Miroslav Weiss."