Voix Du Nord (nearside) on his way to winning the Prix Noailles. His Anabaahalf-sister will be offered at the Arqana October yearling salePICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER
Group winners' siblings star in Arqana sale
A HIGHLIGHT of the three-day Arqana October yearling sale, which begins on Monday and has catalogued 532 yearlings, could be provided by the dispersal of Baron Van Zuylen Van Nievelt's breeding operation. Baron Van Zuylen's red and white silks were well known in French racingcircles, and were carried to top-class honours most recently by the dual Group 1 winner Voix Du Nord.
An Anabaa half-sister to Voix Du Nord (349) is one of five lots included in the dispersal, which concludes later in the year at the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale. The filly is a maternal granddaughter of the Baron's Listed winner Girl Of France and boasts France's most expensive stallion as her sire.
Other half-siblings to Group winners in the catalogue include a brother to globetrotter Doctor Dino (64), a Loup Solitaire half-sister to this month's Prix du Cadran winner Bannaby (284) and a Lando half-sister to German Group 2 winner Axxos (318).
Haras de la Haie Neuve consign a High Yield half-brother to Miss Bio (181), the dam of Prix Jean Prat winner and St James's Palace Stakes second Stormy River, and a filly out of a half-sister to Miss Bio (182) with the next lot in the ring.
Many of the leading lights of the stallion ranks will be represented by yearlings at the sale. Sadler's Wells has one, adaughter of the stakes-placed mare Pink Palace (152), Galileo has two, one of them a filly out of a half-sister to Gimcrack Stakes winner Carrowkeel (237), while Danehill Dancer has three, including a half-brother to Listed winner Semarang from the outstanding family of Gay Gallanta and Byron (138).
Other stallions with progeny due to sell include Dalakhani, Invincible Spirit, Highest Honor, Rock OfGibraltar and Verglas. Information about sires with their first crop of yearlings represented at the sale - they include Azamour, Dubawi, Oratorio and Whipper - is collated in a helpful colour guide towards the front of the catalogue.
This sale has also yielded its fair share of high achievers in the jumping sphere. For the first time at this year's auction, yearlings with National Hunt pedigrees will be offered throughout the whole three days of the sale, rather than in their own session as in the past.
Yearlings with attractive jumping pedigrees include a Martaline half-brother to David Pipe's prolific chasing winner Vodka Bleu (39) and a Bernebeau half-brother to this year's County Hurdle winner Silver Jaro (519).
The pick of the potential jumpers, on paper at least, could be the Haras du Chenet-consigned half-sister to Oaks runner-up Gazelle Royale and Mesange Royale, a Grade 1 winning hurdler in France (51). Her sire Turgeon has had considerable success with his NH runners, most notably with Exotic Dancer and Turko.