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Deauville yearling sale concludes on a high

Year Catalogued Offered Sold Aggregate Average Median
2009 157 145 112 5,180,000 46,250 40,000
2008 173 157 121 5,538,000 45,769 40,000
Year Catalogued Offered Sold Aggregate Average Median
2009 502 459 343 39,369,000 114,778 75,000
2008 515 469 360 39,967,000 111,019 70,000

THE FOURTH and final session of the Arqana August yearling sale at Deauville ended tonight as it had begun on Friday – on a buoyant note, with the average up on the corresponding day at last year's renewal.

The Arqana management have plenty to celebrate, with the average for the whole sale finishing at €114,778, an increase of 3.4 per cent on last year's renewal. The median was €75,000 compared to €70,000 last year, but the clearance rate was down slightly, from 76.8 per cent to 74.7 per cent.

Domestic buyers dominated the top of the market on the final day, with agent Alain Decrion paying €140,000 for a filly by Enrique from the family of last year's German 1,000 Guineas heroine Briseida on behalf of French owner Jean-Claude Seroul, whose colours are carried by high-class pair Tiza and Gris De Gris.

Decrion also signed for an American Post colt out of Group 3-placed Si Symphonie and a Hurricane Run colt from the family of Cheveley Park Stakes runner-up Absurde who both cost €95,000, as well as a daughter of Ad Valorem for €72,000.

Agent Paul Nataf signed the docket for the Haras de la Louviere's Medicean daughter of Medicean out of the Listed-placedGrand Lodge mare Sandbox. At €135,000 the filly, who will be trained by Jean-Marie Beguigne for Libyan owner Salah El Mabruk, was the most expensive of Nataf's nine purchases over the last four days.

One day after Goldikova'sscintillating Prix Jacques-le-Marois victory, her trainer Freddie Head struck for a daughter of Elusive City – the sire responsible for Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Elusive Wave and a new recruit to the French stallion ranks next year – from the family of top-notch middle-distance performers Indian Creek and Sun On The Sea.

The hammer came down at €72,000 for the filly, who was the only yearling Head signed for in his own name at the sale.

Pinhooker Con Marnane was another who kept his powder dry for the final day of the sale.

Marnane had not signed for a yearling in his own name since Friday, but yesterday he bought seven for a total of €275,000, consisting of progeny by first-crop yearling sires Iffraaj, Layman, Iffraaj and Aussie Rules, two by last year's champion sprinter Marchand D'Or's sire, the recently deceased Marchand De Sable, and an Oasis Dream colt whose grand-dam is Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Forest Flower.

A full analysis of the Arqana August Yearling sale, with tables of leading vendors, buyers and sires, will appear in Thursday's Racing Post




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