Media Centre

Four hit €200,000 mark on day of minor declines

Day three Arqana August comparative figures (€)

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  114  104  76  73  5,929,000  78,013  60,000
 2008  119  104  81  77  6,779,000  83,691  65,000


A SON of Peintre Celebre headed a lively third session of the Arqana August Yearling Sale in Deauville yesterday when knocked down for €205,000 to Herve Brunel of Agence FIPS.

The purchase took the expenditure of Agence FIPS, which was bought by the FBA earlier this year, at this sale to near the €2.7m mark, a significant increase on the €1.92m that the Normandy-based agency spent on 14 yearlings last year.

"He will race for the Marquesa de Moratella," said Brunel. "I thought he was a very good-looking colt with an excellent walk."

Consigned by Edwige le Metayer's Neustrian Associates, the colt is the first living foal out of the Listed-placed Hayhaat, a daughter of Irish River from the family of Gorytus.

As on Saturday, the day's trading returned declines across-the-board, although not as severe as anticipated by some prior to the sale.

The aggregate suffered the deepest blow, falling 13 per cent to €5,929,000 for 76 yearlings sold. The average dropped seven per cent to €78,013 while the median fell eight per cent to €60,000.

Lady O'Reilly's Haras de la Louviere enjoyed several notable results during Saturday's session and the farm picked up where they had left off when their French-bred Oasis Dream became one of three yearlings to sell for €200,000.

Anthony Stroud purchased the colt, who is out of the Group 3 winner Serisia, on behalf of an undisclosed client and plans are undecided as to where he will race.

"He's been purchased for an established client for whom I've bought horses for a long time," said Stroud. "He was a nice-looking colt, who was very active and loose and from a very good farm. Obviously the sire has done incredibly well."

The progeny of first season sire Archange d'Or has been in demand throughout the sale so far thanks to the efforts of Haras de la Reboursiere et de Montaigu, who stands the son of Danehill.

Reboursiere sent several well-connected mares to the stallion during his first season at stud and one of the resulting produce was a half-brother to the Listed-winning trio Welcome Millennium, Ximb and Verba, who was knocked down for €200,000 to Jean-Claude Rouget.

"At the moment, I own him but I hope to sell some shares, especially as he is from a good family," said Rouget, who trained Ximb to run third in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere and the colt's close relation, Pinson, to win the Prix Guillaume d'Ornano.

"Archange d'Or was only a Group 2 winner on the track but I like that he's a good-looking son of Danehill and he has every chance to sire something better."

Reboursiere was later on the mark with a May-foaled Sinndar half-brother to 2,000 Guineas third Kandidate, and a son of Oratorio, who sold for €185,000 to David Powell of Eurl du Chene.

Ghislain Bozo of Meridian International bought the Sinndar colt, who became the third yearling to make €200,000.
"It's obviously a very good family," remarked Bozo. "I thought he was well-developed for a May foal and I liked the way he moved."

The Oratorio colt is likely to be trained by Stephane Wattel on behalf of Mme Bryant, who campaigned Group 3 winner Boris de Deauville from the same family.

"When Stephane sawhim, he liked him immediately," said Powell. "It was probably a bit more than we wanted to pay but he was an extremely nice colt from a family Stephane and Mme Bryant knew well."

On a day in which French buyers made their presence felt, Marc-Antoine Berghghracht of the MAB Agency paid €160,000 on behalf of Russian owner Valentin Bukhtoyarov for a Green Tune colt while Nicolas Clement went to the same amount for a son of Kendor.

Juddmonte Farms also made a rare foray into the yearling market, purchasing both yearlings on offer by their resident stallion Cacique for a total of €150,000. The pair are two of just 26 yearlings worldwide by their sub-fertile sire.

What they're saying:

Anthony Stroud:
"Arqana have a very good selection process and the standard of horse is very good. But when you have a sale with two tight select sessions - such as Saratoga and this sale - it allows those big buyers with perhaps not much time to come in from around the world, enjoy themselves and buy some horses."

Tom Goff, Blandford Bloodstock:
"After the confidence that was engendered at Saratoga, vendors had to be more hopeful of a good trade here.
"One of the most significant factors is that the Arqana management haave worked tirelessly to get vendors worldwide to sell at least one or two of their best yearlings here. As a result, Arqana have been rewarded by some very nice horses on the sale grounds - the quality has vastly improved over the past couple of years - and an international clientele.
"BlandfordBloodstock have bought two yearlings so far and I've found it hard to be competitive, especially if on a restricted budget. But I hope the confidence that we're seeing here will continue at Doncaster next week and into October."






King's Theatre £1,202,256
Presenting £1,094,609
Beneficial £996,146
Oscar £937,908
Westerner £879,568
Milan £879,477
Flemensfirth £807,655
Kayf Tara £689,506
Midnight Legend £601,167
Stowaway £507,648