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Sagamix relation heads Arqana day two

RACING prospect Sagariya topped a strong second day of Arqana's December Sale on Sunday when selling to trainer Patrick Monfort for €120,000.

A winner from seven starts under the care of Alain de Royer-Dupre, the three-year-old is set to continue her career with the Sennones based handler under the ownership of an undisclosed client from Brittany.

"She is a very interesting filly," the trainer said, before adding, "She has been bought with the purpose of racing on and then retiring to stud for her new connections."

The daughter of Shamardal is a product of one of Jean-Luc Lagardere's most famous families now under the Aga Khan's ownership. Her dam Saga d'Ouilly is a sister to Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Sagamix and Group 2 winnner Sage et Jolie.

It was another offering from last year's French Champion Owner and Breeder that also proved popular when Zarafsha sold for €110,000 to Herve Brunel's Agence FIPS for Haras de la Perelle.

Second in a Listed race, the Alzao mare is the dam of promising juvenile Zardaka, who has been placed in her only two outings to date. A half-sister to stakes winner Set The Music, she was offered in foal to Soldier of Fortune.

Just a few lots before the top price, it was another mare from a Lagardere pedigree that made €80,000 to Cocheese Bloodstock on behalf of an existing client. They also picked up the Polish Precedent mare Suvretta Queen for €110,000.

The former is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Ma Preference and was offered in foal to Zafeen. Suvretta Queen has already bred a Listed winner in Mary's Precedent, and has been covered by Denon. Both were sold from Patrick Chedeville's Haras du Petit Tellier.

Robert Roulston snapped up a future mate for the newly retired Americain when going to €75,000 for Vizinga on behalf of Gerry Ryan.

The agent found both the Melbourne Cup winner as well as Group 3 victor Puissance de Lune for the owner, and this daughter of Marju is likely to stay in training in France to build on her two victories to date for the Aga Khan.

"We don't have a trainer in mind yet, but she will stay here before eventually going to Americain at Calumet," said Roulston. "Gerry is planning to buy a number of broodmares to support him both in the United States and Australia."

A pair of foals went the way of Irish based Premier Consignment for €52,000, with the first produce of Rip Van Winkle proving popular once again.

The May-born colt is out of Listed winning Key Royal mare Japan from the family of Dubai's Touch and Grantley Adams, both victorious at the same level.

"They really wanted a horse by this sire," representative Pauline Marterer said of the Haras du Cadran offering, before adding, "He will stay in France for the premiums and be re-sold next year."

This is also the case for a Clodovil colt from the family of Chief's Crown, who is a half-brother to Listed winner High Heel Sneakers.





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