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Cole strikes for top lot in Arqana October opener

Year Offered Sold % Sold Agg. Average Median
2009 117 90 77 2,397,000 26,633 22,000
2008 120 86 72 2,433,000 28,291 24,000

THE opening session of Arqana's October yearling sale closed tonight with the average and median slightly down, but with an increased clearance rate compared to the first day's trading at last year's renewal.

The clearance rate stood at 77 percent, compared with 72 last year, while the average was down from €28,291 to €26,633 and the median was down from €24,000 to €22,000.

Paul Cole - Goodwood 2006

Paul Cole: six-figure purchase

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

The first – and only – six-figure came late in the session when Haras d'Etreham's son of Montjeu from the family of Group 1 winners Darjina, Darsi and Daryaba went through the ring.

Trainer Paul Cole, who purchased the joint-top lot during Book 2 of the Tattersalls October sale last week on behalf of owners Jim and Fitri Hay, went to €105,000 to secure the colt.

That price tag was €20,000 in excess of the one belonging to the second most expensive horse of the day, Haras de la Louviere's Dubai Destination filly out of the Group 3-placed Hernando mare Shifting Sands.

The filly was knocked down to Laurent Benoit's Broadhurst Agency, who was acting on behalf of an undisclosed client.She will enter training with Jean-Marie Beguigne, who saddled Lawman, the Prix du Jockey-Club hero who was also sold at Deauville out of a Louviere consignment.

Benoit said: "The Louviere-Beguigne combination has already proved to be very successful and I always feel assured that I am getting a good, sound horse when I buy a Louviere product.

"This filly is very good looking and racey, her two-year-old half-brother Sandbar has won since publication of the catalogue and looks very useful, and her dam was a pretty decent racemare, so she ticked a lot of boxes."

Besides Cole, among the other British and Irish buyers making their presence felt were BBA Ireland, who went to €58,000 for a Motivator colt from the family of Irish Oaks heroine Margarula, Highflyer Bloodstock, who spent €105,000 on three colts by Martaline, Astarabad and Saint Des Saints, and David Redvers, who bought two colts, a €16,000 son of Martaline and a €5,000 son of Munir.

One of the highlights among the jumps-bred yearlings on offer – on paper at least – was a Priolo half-brother to the phenomenal Kauto Star. He didn't, however, sell for as much as many expected, including his opportunistic purchaser.

Agent Guy Petit, who sourced Grand National hero Mon Mome and Kauto Star's exciting younger brother Kauto Stone, needed to go to only €20,000 to secure the colt.

He said: "I have bought the horse on spec – I didn't come to the sale expecting to buy him, but I am always open to a good deal and I thought he would sell for three times as much.

"He is a lovely horse and a very good walker. If I was going to be critical I would say that maybe he is not that big at the moment, but Kauto Stone isn't really either.

He added that the colt would be back on the market soon, saying: "I expect to sell him on at the Arqana Summer Sale next June – he looks as though he will progress with age." 




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