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Sizing Europe: the Arkle Chase winner's owner, Alan Potts, bought top lot

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Potts continues spending spree at Saint-Cloud

ARQANA SUMMER Sale figures (€)
Year Off. Sold % Sold Agg. Ave. Med.
2010 200 133 67
2,521,500 18,959 10,000
2009 205 113 55 2,470,500 21,863 12,000

ALAN POTTS continued his spending spree at Arqana's Saint-Cloud Summer Sale today when trainer Jehan Bertran de Balanda went to €160,000 to secure the top lot, a two year old store on behalf of the owner.

The Yorkshire born businessman is best known for owning Sizing Europe, winner of this year's Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival for Henry De Bromhead. His new six-figure Saint-Cloud purchase is by French Champion Hurdler Questarabad's sire Astarabad, and out of the five-time winner Miss Academy.

"I have trained a lot of the family and love them, and I am very pleased to have bought him." Bertran de Balanda said, before adding "I thought he would make over €100,000 but not this much!" The gelding will now join his Maisons-Laffitte stable.

Wild card entry Amico Mio headed the Horses-In-Training section of the sale when purchased by Paul Nataf for €150,000. Selling from Jean-Marie Beguigne’s stable, the four year old son of Best Of The Bests has won four of his 12 races including a Listed race. The colt recently finished second in a similar event last time.

"I have bought him for Sheikh Al Thani and he will stay in training with Jean-Marie. He will run in a Listed or Group 3 in France and then go to Qatar in November," Nataf said.

Nataf also purchased the highest price two year old breeze-up of the day for €55,000 from Mocklershill Stables, a well bred son of Pivotal out of the Group 1 placed Musicanna.

Anthony Bromley of Highflyer Bloodstock was the leading buyer at the sale and went to €91,000 for the four-year-old gelding Sir Lagrange. The agent had previously bought Triumph Hurdle winner Zaynar at the same sale in 2008.

"I have bought him for the Million In Mind Partnership but a trainer has not yet been allocated. I liked the way he ran when third on his first start over hurdles at Auteuil last time and is a chaser in the making," said Bromley.

Gomez Adams, another wild card entry from Philippe Demercastel’s stable failed to reach his reserve when led out unsold for €100,000.

The sale has already shown an increased aggregate from last year (including private sales), as well as a higher clearance rate, which could finish as the auction’s best since 2006. 

The sale has shown a similar profile to last year, and after a slow start, figures havebeen stable. The general results show an increased clearance rate of 66.5 per cent, the highest since 2006 and up 11.38 per cent from last year. Also up is the overall aggregate (including private sales) slightly at €2,694,800 although the median finished slightly down at €10,000.

When separating the three categories of horses sold, the store horse market has shown the most marked increase in all spheres. The aggregate from this has increased to €525,580 including private sales, compared to €156,500 last year as well as the median by €10,000 and the clearance rate.
Arqana managing director Eric Hoyeau said: "In this period of movement and uncertain times, this was a satisfying result and the figures showed a slight increase. The store horses were encouraging even though things are still a little uneasy in this area.

"The breeze-up results are what we expected and these consolidate last year's figures. In the horses-in-training sector, it was slower than 2008 due to lack of some high profile horses however the clearance rate was satisfactory."




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