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Grands Crus' brother was the star attraction on the first day at Arqana


Grands Crus brother tops Arqana day one

GEVREY CHAMBERTIN, a brother to Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle winner Grands Crus, will be heading to David Pipe after topping day one of Arqana's Summer Sale at Saint-Cloud on Tuesday when making €150,000.

Offered by trainer Emmanuel Clayeux, the grey Dom Alco three-year-old was bought by Hubert Barbe on behalf of Roger Stanley and Yvonne Reynolds, also the owners of the Grade 1 World Hurdle and Liverpool Hurdle runner-up.

"He was the one we came for, among others - I hope he is half as good as Grands Crus," Pipe said, adding: "Gevrey Chambertin breezed really well and is a lovely looking horse. He made a lot of money, but we thought that his price would be in that bracket.

Of his stable star, Pipe continued: "Grands Crus is now out in the field enjoying himself after a long season, and the plan is to go novice chasing with him in the autumn."

Split into two days for the first time, the sales company recorded a solid 75 per cent clearance rate for the first session, which was mainly National Hunt Stores. The aggregate reached €1,267,500 including private sales, with an average of 23,472 and a median of €16,000.

Marc-Antoine Berghgracht's MAB Agency ended the day as leading buyer, purchasing 12 horses from the Claude Cohen dispersal on behalf of trainer Thomas Trapenard.





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