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Arqana breeding stock sale ends with figures up

Year  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  214  151  71  1,220,500  8,083  5,500
 2008  221  141  64  1,495,500  10,606  6,000
Year  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  674  512  76  13,389,500  26,151  14,000
 2008  656  462  70  11,567,500  25,038  10,000

THE Arqana breeding stock sale ended today with the auction recording its best figures since 2007 in terms of turnover, with an overall total of  €13,741,500 including private buys.

The clearance rate also rose to nearly 76 per cent, only bettered in 2006. It was a similar story with the median, which went up by €4,000 with 26 lots making over €100,000.

Help From Heaven proved one of the main attractions on the last day of the Arqana breeding stock sale today when she sold to Narvick International for €30,000.

The daughter of Titus Livius had added a further update to her race record when she finished second in the Listed Prix Zeddaan at Fontainebleau for her trainer Richard Gibson just under a month ago.

Bred and owned by Lady O'Reilly under Ecurie Skymarc Farm, the two-year-old was consigned by her Normandy stud, Haras de la Louviere. Help From Heaven is the first produce of the Royal Academy mare Heaven’s Help and is a half-sister to Listed winner Heaven’s Cause out of the Grade 3 winner Heaven's Command.

"It is a lovely family and I don't know if she will stay in training yet," said the filly's new owner Alain Regnier, owner of Haras de la Haie Neuve. "We bought her at a good price as I thought she would be much more expensive."

Earlier in the day, David Powell of EURL du Chene picked up the Highest Honor filly Shivera also for €30,000. Powell was acting on behalf of Alec Waugh, the owner of Jedburgh Stud.

Consigned by the Aga KhanStuds, the three-year-old is an unraced daughter of the Listed winner Shawara and a half-sister to champion three-year-old filly Shawanda, winner of the Irish Oaks and Prix Vermeille for trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre. A stallion has not yet been decided.

A foal from Haras du Cadran proved popular when selling to Gerard Larrieu's Chantilly Bloodstock Agency for €28,000. The March-born son of Singspiel is out of the Bahhare mare Summer Sea. She is already the dam of a winner andis a half sister to the Group 1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Torrestrella.

Sylvain Vidal was active once again when he picked up Kiny Friends from Haras des Charmilles for €27,000. The four-year-old by Kris Kin, who is in foal to Peintre Celebre, is carrying a three-quarter sibling to Group 3 winner Chaibia and comes from the immediate family of the Derby winner Erhaab.

Vidal also picked up the Grand Lodge mare Lanapark for €26,000. In foal to Indian Rocket, her dam is a half-sister to the talented dual Group 3 winner Celimene. As expected, both mares will visit Le Havre.

Summer Flight, a half-sister to Grade 1 Prix La Haye Jousselin chase-winning brothers Golden Flight and Sunny Flight, was in demand from National Hunt breeders when selling to Robert Bryan from Haras d'Etreham for €27,000.

In foal to King's Theatre, the 14-year-old mare's dam Sunday Flight is also a half-sister to Group 1 Prix Renaud du Vivier hurdle winner Karly Flight. Bryan's purchase will join his four strong broodmare band.

Tomorrow's yearling sale should conclude a highly successful year for Arqana. 

What they said at Arqana

"It has been a very good market. I thought beforehand that the sale would be slightly weaker but they have been very fair prices. It has been strong right to the end."
Sylvain Vidal, Haras de la Cauviniere
"It has been a very international market at every level which is very encouraging. There has been good demand for better stock with a good clearance rate. Several of the lower priced horses have been sold to smaller racing countries, leaving us in good stead number and production wise."
Peter Kavanagh, Kildaragh Stud 
"We are very happy with the sale that we have had and it has been a very solid market at all levels. The catalogue has been one of good quality and that has been reflected in the prices."
Pierre-Yves Bureau, manager to the Wertheimer Brothers 
"The market has been extremely strong when one considers that the players who are deemed to have been single-handedly holding up the market were absent."
Larry Stratton, bloodstock agent




King's Theatre £928,943
Presenting £854,809
Beneficial £702,808
Milan £673,067
Oscar £656,070
Westerner £543,568
Flemensfirth £465,623
Kayf Tara £421,559
Stowaway £372,236
Midnight Legend £361,335