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More Than Ready colt tops tough Arqana

MARC-Antoine Berghgracht of the MAB Agency signed for the top lot at yesterday's Arqana December Yearling Sale in France when paying €58,000 for a son of More Than Ready (1055).

The April-born chestnut was consigned from Haras d'Omméel, and is the first foal out of the Danehill Dancer mare Mary Montagu. A half-sister to Andrew Balding's stakes-placed Simenon, she comes from the family of Group 2 Prix de Deauville winner Epistolaire.

"We have bought him to stay in France for a new association of foreign clients including Ahmed Mouknass," said Berghgracht. "One of his attractions was his sire, and he is a great looking colt."

Berghgracht also signed for a €36,000 One Cool Cat filly (1123) from Haras de Sou on behalf of an existing client.

"She is a lovely filly with a good pedigree, but I thought she might be cheaper with today's market," Berghgracht said. Out of the winning mare Save Me The Waltz, she is from the family of Group 3 winner Best Name.

A Poliglote filly consigned by Haras du Hoguenet on behalf of Upton Viva Stud proved the most popular of the National Hunt offering when selling to EURL du Chene (David Powell) for €40,000.

The filly is the first foal out of the French Listed-winning jumper Symphonique.

"I think she is a very nice filly and has a good pedigree. She will stay in France but we have no plans yet," Powell said.

Unsold after failing to reach her reserve, a Dubawi filly from Haras de Gouffern was eventually sold to Paul Basquin for €35,000. Her dam, the Hennessy mare Plenty Of Action, is a half sister to stakes winners Native Heir and A Lot Of Mary.

This year's sale showed a marked downfall in the percentage of horses sold compared to 2009, dropping nearly six points to 59.62 per cent. That contributed to an aggregate fall of 20 per cent to €1 million while the average and median fell 15 per cent and 12 per cent to €6,250 and €4,000.




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