Arqana's top price falls but sale performs well
LAST year's Arqana October Yearling Sale first session top-price of €300,000 was not remotely challenged at this year's renewal.
Only one lot broke the €100,000 barrier and ten yearlings made €50,000 or over compared to 2007's record-breaking first session when 15 yearlings fetched €50,000 or more.
However, despite the lack of big prices yesterday, the average registered throughout selling was only below 2007's first session by 13 per cent, and the median was €24,000 as opposed to €23,000 registered in 2007. The clearance rate, in the light of some returns at recent European yearling sales, was also a reasonably healthy 72 per cent.
The top price was achieved by the very last lot through the ring - a Green Tune filly out of the Nashwan mare Nanty. She was consigned by Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard and is half-sister to this year's Prix de la Nonette fourth, Turning For Home. She was bought by Broadhurst Agency.
A Titus Livius colt consigned by Haras de la Louviere fetched €80,000. Out of a winning Darshaan mare, the colt, who was bought by MAB Agency, is from the family of Prix de l'Opera runner-up Misbegotten and this year's Falmouth and Lowther Stakes winner Nahoodh.
A Danehill Dancer colt out of the Persian Heights mare Life On the Road sold by Haras d'Etreham and bought by Robert Collett for €77,000 led proceedings for much of the session. Although a non-runner herself, Life On The Road is dam of the Group 3-placed, Listed-winning colt Fils de Viane and this year's Listed runner-up Alix Road.
Irish breeze-up consignor Con Marnane, who bought six yearlings through the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, made his presence felt when going to €70,000 for Haras du Logis St Germain-consigned brother to the globetrotting Group 1 star Doctor Dino. Trainer Eoghan O'Neill also gave his support to the previously underrated sire when paying €62,000 for a half-brother to a Listed runner-up out of Medaaly mare.
Although 11 yearlings by young sire Dubawi have made six-figure sums this autumn, his colt out of the Listed and Group 2 fourth Lai and from the family of last season's Prix du Jockey Club winner Lawman fetched a more moderate €67,000, the fourth best price in yesterday's session.
Jumps-bred yearlings were not to be out done by their Flat counterparts and a Turgeon filly, already named Tasmani and a half-sister to Gazelle Royale, a dual Group 1 runner-up by Garde Royale, was bought by jumping buyer Guy Petit for €60,000. Despite Gazelle Royale's achievements on the Flat, she has produced talented jumping performers in the shape of Isle, a Listed winner at Auteuil, Jim, whose best performance came when second in the Grade 1 Punchestown Chase, and Mesange Royale winner of the Prix Alain du Breil, Auteuil's equivalent to the Triumph Hurdle.
British buyers were represented by Highflyer Bloodstock who bought four lots headed by a €50,000 daughter of Poliglote out of a Grade 3-winning daughter of Mansonnien.