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Manduro at Halham Hall

A son of first-crop sire Manduro topped the final session of the Arqana October Yearling Sale when selling to Markus Nigge for €40,000

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Arqana October ends with record median

ARQANA officials were satisfied on Thursday that the new graded format for their October Yearling Sale in Deauville achieved its objective of buoying trade after the auction ended with a record median of €21,000.

For the first time this year, the sale was divided into two parts with the opening twosessions comprising the most desirable lots. During the course of three-and-a-half days of trading, 384 lots were sold for a total of €10,665,000, the second highest aggregate ever recorded at the sale and up 25 per cent from last year.

The record median of €21,000 marked a rise of 17 per cent from 2009 while the average increased by eight per cent to €27,773. The clearance rate also showed an improvement, rising from 71 per cent to 73 per cent.

A Haras des Monceaux-consigned son of Oasis Dream topped proceedings when sold to MAB Agency acting on behalf of Liliside's owners Anthony Forde and Ahmed Mouknass for €300,000 on Tuesday.

"The results are very encouraging and show that the October yearling sale has much more to offer than the leftovers of the August session," said Eric Hoyeau, president of Arqana. "This is a market in its own right, which relies on the solid French demand as well as on the strong interest that the French system raises among neighbouring countries.

"This was particularly evident regarding British and Irish professionals, who were very active despite having already attended a vast number of sales in their home countries."

Hoyeau added: "The new format was initiated by the directors of Arqana, and the subject of an in-depth reflection in which vendors and buyers took part. All of them can now be pleased with the success of the sale."

Thursday's session was topped by a first-crop son of Manduro, who was sold to trainer Markus Nigge for €40,000. Nigge had to outbid Philippe Van de Poele for the colt, a half-brother to Grade 3 winner Ballast.

The day saw 51 of 78 horses offered sell for a total of €760,000 and an average of €14,902.




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