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Sister to Chichi Creasy stars at Arqana

A FILLY from the final French crop of Vision d'Etat's sire Chichicastenango was the highlight of a low key third sessionof the Arqana October Yearling Sale in Deauville on Wednesday.

Since the four-day sale was graded for the first time this year, yesterday's 195-strong session comprised the first of two Part 2 sessions. In contrast to Part 1, during which ten lots sold for six figures, it took a bid of €80,000 from trainer John Hammond to secure the session-topper, a sister to Prix de Fontainebleau winner Chichi Creasy.

Out of multiple scorer Folle Garde and a half-sister to four winners from as many foals of racing age, the filly was one of just two yearlings to be offered during the week by Haras de la Gisloterie.

Her sire, Chichicastenango, was based at Haras de Victot before changing hands to Shadai Farm in Japan in late 2008.

During a day buoyed by the expenditure of French trainers, Henri-Alex Pantall went to €75,000 for the day's dearest colt, a son of Kahyasi from Haras de Colleville. Already named Lord Drop, the colt hails from a family of exceptional jumpers, namely his dam, Group 1 Prix Alain de Breil winner Lina Drop, and granddam, Triumph Hurdle winner Snow Drop.

British and Irish buyers were active throughout the day, none more so than Highflyer Bloodstock who came away with 12 yearlings worth €313,000. They were topped by a son of King's Theatre, who was knocked down to the agency for €55,000 on behalf of Ffos Las owner Dai Walters. Consigned by Harasde Saint Pair, the colt is a half-brother to German Listed winner Quadrupa and classy hurdlers Quirino and Quartano.

All told, 134 yearlings were sold during the session for a total of €2,410,000, average of €17,785 and median of €15,000.




King's Theatre £1,142,569
Presenting £1,058,475
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,012
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,044
Midnight Legend £595,332
Stowaway £503,470