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Arqana October average up as sale bucks trend

Day 3 Arqana October comparative figures (€)

 Year  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  182  124  68  2,916,500  23,520  16,000
 2008  183  126  68  2,219,000  17,611  15,000

Overall Arqana October comparative figures (€)

 Year  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  482  343  71  8,793,500  25,637  18,000
 2008  503  358  71  8,318,500  23,412  18,000

FRANCE'S first yearling auction of 2009 bucked the global trend in a falling market, and now the second major sale has done the same after a near ten per cent increase in average at the Arqana October Sale in Deauville.

After three days of selling, the average price ended at €25,659, some 9.6 per cent ahead of last year's figure of €23,412 as 343 lots were listed as sold compared to 358 the previous year. The aggregate rose from €8,677,000 to €8,793,500.

Other measures were unmoved, the median price and clearance rate sticking at €18,000 and 71 per cent respectively, but the increase in average was at odds with every other yearling sale this year.

Robert Nataf, buyer of yesterday's top lot under the banner of Horse France, said France's apparent supremacy was attributable toseveral factors, not least a fresh management team at Arqana.

Nataf's bid of €125,000 for a daughter of Whipper, the triple Group 1-winning sprinter whose first crop are racing this year, was also the fourth best of the three-day auction.

Trainer Jim Bolger

Jim Bolger: will train Wednesday's session-topper

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 

"She should be heading to Ireland," said Nataf, "for Jim Bolger who has a good Whipper filly (Atasari) who ran second in the Rockfel at Newmarket on Saturday. This one was obviously the best-looking filly in the catalogue today."

Bolger's recruit was consigned by the Normandy-based Haras de Saint Pair of Andreas Putsch. She was out of the 14-year-old Night Shift mare Hasanat.

Assessing the sale relative to the slump in Britain, Ireland and elsewhere, Nataf added: "The new management has played a role and theFrench premiums have obviously had a big impact.

"When you get 75 per cent on top of the prize-money for winning a two-year-old race it makes a difference, and it means one and a half wins will cover a year's expenses.

"We should also mention the increasing efforts of French breeders to take their mares to better stallions."





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