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The Arqana October Sale concluded on Thursday with three per cent decrease in aggregate and 0.87 per cent decrease in average

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Arqana October ends with minor decreases

SYLVAIN Vidal signed for the top lot on the last day of Arqana's October Yearling Sale when going to €68,000 for a daughter of Hurricane Run on behalf of Gerard Augustin-Normand.

The first foal of the winning Slickly mare Slyta, the filly's pedigree goes back to the Niarchos family of Hector Protector and Bosra Sham. Offeredfrom Anna and Etienne Drion's Coulonces Consignment, the couple also sold 2009 Prix du Jockey-Club winner Le Havre to Augustin-Normand.

"The filly comes from a great maternal family, with good crosses all the way through. I thought she was the best yearling of today's sale, and she will make a nice broodmare prospect as well," Vidal said. Augustin-Normand currently has 117 horses in training in France.

The sale concluded with minor decreases across-the-board with 375 yearlings selling for a total of €10,327,000, down three per cent from 2010. The average dropped 0.87 per cent to €27,539 while the median fell five per cent to €20,000. The clearance rate dropped from 73 per cent to 68 per cent.

Eric Hoyeau, president of Arqana, said: The overall results are similar to those of last year, and the last two days have brought us up to almost equal figures. One of the main differences, however, is the clearance rate, which is at its lowest since 2005.

"We have definitely reached our saturation point in terms of numbers of yearlings catalogued, and we will need to have more raw selection next year.

"It is hard howeveras France is the only country where the number of foals born has not reduced, this coming as a result of the healthiness of our industry."





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