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Pivotal filly tops sticky second Arqana session

Day two Arqana August comparative figures (€)

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  112  105  77  73  10,215,000  121,883  100,000
 2008  111  102  78  76  9,385,000  130,962  100,000

A DAUGHTER of Pivotal consigned by Haras des Capucines lit up the second session of the Arqana August Yearling Sale in Deauville on Saturday when selling to John Ferguson for €300,000.

The chestnut filly, who was the third lot into the ring, was one of two purchases made during the second session by Ferguson, Friday's leading buyer. Out of the 2005 Oaks d'Italia fourth Relais d'Aumale, she had been retained for just 85,000gns at last year's Tattersalls December Sale.

"She was a very easy moving daughter of a very good sire who has had his share of top fillies," said Ferguson. "The mare was very talentedand is a daughter of a leading broodmare sire in Rainbow Quest, so this filly was just a very attractive package."

Ferguson later went to €260,000 for a son of Invincible Spirit from Haras de la Louviere.

With the second day's trading far removed from the outstanding level of the opening session, the aggregate dropped eight per cent to €9,385,000 and the average seven per cent to €121,883. However, the median remained static at €100,000 while the clearance rate was only three points lower than last year at 73 per cent.

As well as consigning the sale-topper, Haras des Capucines were also responsible for an Oasis Dream colt who sold for €280,000 to Shadwell France and a son of Hurricane Run for whom Peter Doyle paid €210,000.

Shadwell are nearly always a prominent feature at this sale but they have increased the spending considerably this year with19 yearlings already bought for a total of €4,060,000. Last year, they purchased ten yearlings for €3,070,000.

Sheikh Hamdan has enjoyed success with the progeny of Oasis Dream, with Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Naaqoos among his purchases in recent years at this sale, and racing manager Angus Gold was optimistic over the chances of this colt, saying:

"Oasis Dream is on a roll and I like the fact he's out of a Night Shift mare," he said. "I thought he looked a tough and hardy customer."

Saturday's purchases by the operation also included a rare European offered son of Redoute's Choice, who also sold for €280,000, and a son of Medicean from Newsells Park Stud, who cost €230,000.

"We've had a bit of luck with Redoute's Choice in Australia as we won the Blue Diamond Stakes with a son of his, Nadeem," said Gold of the Australian-bredcolt, who is only the second yearling to be offered by the champion sire in Europe.

"I thought he was a bonny little horse with a good walk and he should make a two-year-old."

Teddy Beckett made a bold play for the Medicean yearling but cried enough at €230,000, leaving Gold to sign for the colt, who is from the family of Deutsches Derby winner Lavirco.

"He was just a very nice colt by a stallion who we know can throw a good horse," said Gold. "He's bred on a good cross - the same one that produced Nannina - and while he'll probably benefit from a bit of time, he should make a lovely three-year-old."

A Cape Cross half-brother to Group 3 winner Serisia from Haras de la Louviere attracted plenty of admirers, eventually falling to Anthony Stroud for €280,000.

As a French-bred, the colt qualifies for the lucrative owners' premiums and is consequently likely to betrained in France.

"He was a very good mover who was light on his feet," commented Stroud. "Cape Cross is a solid sire and this colt comes from a good female family and a very good stud."

Later in the session, Marc-Antoine Berghracht of the MAB Agency paid €240,000 on behalf of Russian owner Viktor Bukhtoyarov for a Galileo colt from Haras du Mezeray. The colt, who is a grandson of the outstanding filly Hatoof, is set to join Richard Gibson in Chantilly.

"Galileo is an exceptional stallion," said Berghrahcht. "I don't think this colt was expensive considering who his sire is or that he is a grandson of Hatoof."







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