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Linamix yearling tops Arqana December sale

comparative figures: arqana december yearling sale
2007 271 257 168 65 1,423,000 8,470 6,000
2008 287 262 165 63 1,248,000 7,564 4,000

A SON of retired stallion Linamix out of DJjenanne from the family of Group 1 winner Shaka made €180,000 to a bid from the French Bloodstock Agency to top the Arqana December yearling sale on Monday. The colt, who was consigned by Haras de la Perelle, was the only offering by Linamix in the catalogue.

The sale set a new record top price for this auction. The €180,000 price tag was more than double the previous record of €77,000 given for a Dalakhani colt and also an Iron Mask filly in 2006.

The second-highest priced lot of the sale was the Haras du Mezeray-consigned colt already named Orife. His pedigree blended influences of two of the best sprinters of 2008, as his sire is Marchand De Sable, sire of Marchand D'Or, and his dam is Entente Cordiale, mother of Equiano. Frederic Sauque was the winning purchaser, going to €60,000 to secure the well-related yearling.

That purchase represented a rare foray into the higher echelons of the market for Sauque, whose prolific purchasing at smaller prices bolstered the sale's bottom line. Besides that one purchase, the French bloodstock agent made 24 other purchases, all priced between €1,500 and €3,000.

With Sauque, Czech agent Chris Richner and Moroccan owner Driss Tarik all active at the lower end of the market, the drop in clearance rate was not nearly as precipitous as at some other yearling sales this winter, dipping from around 65 per cent in 2007 to 63 per cent.

The sale concluded with turnover of €1,247,500, 12 per cent down on 2007's €1,423,000, an average price of €7,561, 11 per cent down from last year's €8,470, and a median price of €4,000, down a third from €6,000.




Galileo £11,526,615
Dark Angel £3,698,431
Dubawi £3,194,696
Frankel £2,697,844
Kodiac £2,224,685
Acclamation £2,088,768
Iffraaj £2,067,853
Sea The Stars £1,923,301
Nathaniel £1,880,694
Invincible Spirit £1,699,882