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Le Havre - Prix Du Jockey Club - Chantilly - 07.06.2009

Le Havre: Plata De Ley is set for a liaison with the French Derby winner

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Vidal busy in subdued Arqana second session

Year  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  241  189  78.4  3,321,000  17,571  13,000
 2008  228  173  75.9  4,419,000  25,543  12,000

SYLVAIN Vidal continued his spending spree on behalf of Gerard-Augustin Normand in today's more subdued second session of the Arqana Breeding Stock Sale when buying Plata De Ley privately for €140,000 after she was led out of the ring unsold for the same price.

The three-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality, who was consigned by Haras du Mezeray, had three lifetime starts for her owners Mayfair Stud but without success.

She is the first produce of the unraced Silver Deputy mare HighestStandard, who hails from one of the Niarchos Family's most successful pedigrees, which features Machiavellian, Orpen and Bago.

So far, Vidal has picked up a total of 14 mares over the first two days for Normand. These include the Michel Roussel-trained Listed winner Isanous for €100,000, and the Wertheimer Brothers' Dasani, a half sister to the well-regarded Group 3-placed two-year-old Baahama, and Scape Grace (in foal to Verglas) from Haras de la Louviere, for €55,000 each.

Every mare that Vidal has bought over the last couple of weeks – including ten bought at Tattersalls last week – will go to this year's Prix du Jockey-Club winner Le Havre.

Owned by Normand and trained by this year's Champion trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, the son of Noverre will stand his first season next year at Vidal's Haras de la Cauviniere in Normandy.

Vidal said: "Le Havre has around 45 booked to him which includes outside mares. We are keen to support him and have had interest from other parties. I have tried to select young mares that I thought would cross well with his breeding."

Belesta also proved popular when selling to Hubert Guy for €100,000. Guy was acting on behalf of Philippe Lemoine-Bouccaud, the owner of Haras des Rabodonges.

Consigned by Freddy Head, the three year old daughter of Xaar recorded a victory at Fontainebleau in October for her owner George Strawbridge and will stay in training next year.

"The filly will go to Alain de Royer-Dupre and we will try to gain some black type with her and then she will be retired," Lemoine-Boccaud reported.

Belesta is a half-sister to Group 3 Prix de Flore winner In Clover and is a close relative of the lightly-raced Telluride, second in the Group 2 Prix Hocquart this year.

Nicolas de Watrigant's Mandore International was in action once again when he signed for Zanora from the Aga Khan Studs' coveted draught for €52,000 on behalf of a new Tunisian client. Offered in foal to Halling, the dual winner by Kalanisi isa half-sister to Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Zalaiyka.

A filly from the second crop of Hurricane Run was the highest-priced foal of the day when she was bought for €50,000 by Laurent Benoit’s Broadhurst Agency.

Consigned by Haras du Thenney, she she is the first foal of Endless Night and comes from a well known German family which includes Group 1 winner Epalo. "I bought the dam's half-sister Evensong and she is from a family I know. She is likely to be re-sold here next August," Eric Puerari said on behalf of the agency.

Australians were active again when Gary Mudgway of Grange Thoroughbreds bought a High Chaparral foal out of Crimson Glory for €38,000.

The February-born filly is from the immediate family of multiple Group 1 winner Crimplene and was consigned by Haras d'Ommeel.

Mudgway said: "We bought The Miniver Rose at the Tattersalls December sale lastweek and this one is a similar type. They are by a stallion that has done extremely well in Australia with two Group 1 winners from his first crop. The filly will stay in France and probably be sold at the August sale next year."




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