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The clearance rate was strong at Deauville's  second stage

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Premiums popular at Deauville second stage

DEMAND for French-bred yearlings eligible for the lucrative owners' premiums was the driving force behind Wednesday's first instalment of the Part 2 segment at Arqana's August Sale in Deauville.

Only in the final half hour did the clearance rate drop below the 80 per cent mark, eventually finishing at 78 per cent, while the average was €61,907 for 86 yearlings sold. Of those 86, 16 broke the six-figure barrier toppedby a trio of colts knocked down for €150,000.

The average was running at €63,422 although the most encouraging aspect of the day's trade was the consistently strong clearance rate, which hovered around the 80 per cent mark throughout the evening.

"It just goes to show how resilient this industry is," said Anthony Stroud. "This sale is lacking several big players yet the market has been strong."

Dream Ahead's owner Khalifa Dasmal was among those purchasing with an eye on future premiums when securing a Marju colt from Haras de la Louviere through agent Mark Crossman for €150,000.

The colt is the third foal out of Larme, a half-sister to Prix du Jockey-Club winner Lawman, and is likely to join his year older half-brother Darnetal in Francois Rohaut's yard in Pau.

"He was a lovely colt who is well related and I thought was the pick of the day," said Crossman. "He's qualified for the premiums and will go into training with Francois Rohaut to take advantage of them. It's a strong sale."

Crossman had earlier come off second best against French agent Alain Decrion for a son of Zamindar from Haras de la Perelle, the vendor of Tuesday's €1.7 million daughter of Galileo. The colt, who is out minor winner Jarhes and from the family of Grade 1 winner Jade Hunter, was the first purchase of the sale for Decrion, who wasrepresenting prominent French owner Jean-Claude Seroul.

He said: "I've been beaten on a couple and found it difficult to buy. But if you want the best, you have to be prepared to pay. Judging by the competition there was for him,several others thought he was very nice too."

Completing the trio of colts to sell for €150,000 was a son of Acclamation who sold to Dubai-based owners Prime Equestrian, who have 44 horses split between six trainers in France. Consigned by Haras d'Etreham, he is the third foal out of Compulsive Quality, an unraced granddaughter of champion French two-year-old Sigy.

Jean-Pierre Deroubaix of Agence FIPS went to €140,000 to secure a Montjeu coltout of 2007 Preis der Diana runner-up Dominante while also active at a high level was Charlie Gordon-Watson, who signed for two yearlings worth €250,000 headed by a €130,000 son of Green Tune bred and consigned by leading vendor Ecurie des Monceaux. Gordon-Watson also paid €120,000 for a French-bred son of Dark Angel from Haras d'Ommeel.

"They're both for an old client who's come back into the game and will have them trained in Britain," said Gordon-Watson.

"However, if they're good enough, they could come back over here and run for the premiums. That was an attraction."




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