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Darysina tops Arqana opener at €800,000

DARYSINA topped a solid first session of the Arqana December Breeding-Stock Sale on Saturdayy when selling for €800,000 to Johnny McKeever on behalf of owner-breeder Philip Brown.

Offered from the Aga Khan Studs' draft, McKeever held off stiff competition from Steve W Young, who was acting on behalf of US clients, for the three-year-old daughter of Smart Strike.

Out of dual Group 1 winner Daryaba, Darysina is a half-sister to Hong Kong Vase winner Daryakana in addition to stakes winner Daramsar, as well as this year's Prix des Chenes third Daraybi.

"I'm delighted to have been able to purchase her, as I really wanted to buy into the Aga Khan's bloodlines," said Brown. "I board quite a few of my mares at Watership Down Stud and she will now go back there. We will then do some genetic testing to determine which stallion we will use."

Trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre, Darysina was placed twice from five starts this year.

Having qualified as an organic chemist, Brown went into publishing and became interested in racing about eight years ago. He has two horses in training and around six broodmares, having also purchased Zibeling at the sale for €280,000.

Wildcard entry Merville, a three-parts sister to this year's Group 1 Criterium International winner Ectot and a half-sister to 2012 St James's Palace Stakes victor Most Improved, will be joining the Wertheimers' broodmare band after making €620,000.

A daughter of Montjeu from Anna and Etienne Drion's Coulonces Consignment, the dual winning five-year-old was offered in foal to Lawman.

"There isn't much that I can say about her which isn't obvious," racing manager Pierre-Yves Bureau said. "You have to pay that kind of money for this sort of mare and we are very happy to have her."

Nicolas de Watrigant was active during the day for Sheikh Joaan Al Thani's Al Shaqab Racing when going to €600,000 to secure Plumba, a sister to Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud winner Plumania.

From the family of the Wertheimers' Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner Falco, who also consigned the three-year-old, the daughter of Anabaa is set to join the Qatari's broodmare band.

"She has a fantastic pedigree and she was one we wanted," said stud manager Benoit Jeffroy.

"It is most likely that she will be covered by either Al Kazeem or Planteur but nothing has been decided."

Robert Nataf, acting on behalf of David and Diane Nagle's Barronstown Stud, also went to €600,000 for the Aga Khan Studs-consigned Vadawina.

The winner of four of her five starts including the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary for the Aga Khan and Andre Fabre in 2005, the 11-year-old is already the dam of Prix du Conseil de Paris victor Vadamar.

From the Lagardere family of Valixir, Vadawina was offered in foal to Redoute's Choice.

The third lot to reach €600,000 was Where, a daughter of 1,000 Guineas heroine Virginia Waters, who was sold to Young for the same interests who he had been underbidder on for the top lot.

By Danehill Dancer, the three-year-old was placed once as a juvenile, before being covered by Galileo this year.

"We are delighted to have bought her at this price which is what you would expect for her quality," said Young. "She is a very good-looking mare and will go back to the US."

The sale continues today at 10am local time.




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