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Albahri heads lively  trading at Arqana

THE Aga Khan's recent Listed winner Albahri lit up a lively day's trading at the Arqana Autumn November Sale at Saint-Cloud on Monday when selling for €140,000 to Michel Zerolo's Oceanic Bloodstock. The price eclipsed last year's top figure of €110,000 paid by Paul Nataf for Staraco.

Albahri, who is closely related to Arc winner Sahkee, boosted his value significantly earlier this month when landing the Listed Grand Prix de Nord at Le Croise-Laroche, in which he took his record to three wins from five starts. The three-year-old son ofBahri also ran second in the Listed Coupe des Trois Ans in May for trainer Mikel Delzangles.

With over 70 fewer horses offered at this renewal compared to last year, it was no surprise to see the aggregate fall by 22 per cent to €2,053,000.

The median dropped ten per cent to €10,000 but a more positive development was the average, while fell by less than one per cent to €18,250. In addition, the clearance rate jumped by nine per cent to 70 per cent while the number of lots sold for €50,000 or above also rose minimally from nine to ten.

Ronaldo des Mottes, the impressive winner of a €20,500 event at Nantes since the publication of the catalogue, was knocked down to HB Bloodstock for €115,000. The AQPS-bred three-year-old son of Rifapour has yet to finish out of the first two in four starts for trainer Cyriaque Diard.

San Carlos, who is from the immediate family of Oaks heroine Alexandrova, provoked plenty of interest, eventually falling to Abeth Mussat for €90,000. The three-year-old son of Dr Fong was placed in four of five starts for Pascal Bary.

Later in the session Jiri Travnicek had to go to €80,000 to secure Safety Wire, a winner at Deauville in August for Elie Lellouche.

Unlike the majority of the Arqana calendar, the sale did not feature strong participation from British buyers. However, Arqana regulars Highflyer Bloodstock were again active, purchasing three lots including Snowbind, a winning Lemon Drop Kid colt from Jonathan Pease, and War Party, a winning four-year-old from Elie Lellouche, for €42,000 apiece.

 

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