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Autumn Sale closes with figures on a par with 2016
22 November 2017

 The final session of the 2017 Autumn Sale catered for the fourth tier of flat-bred yearlings, on the back of the August, V.2 and October sessions. With 40 extra horses on offer compared to the corresponding session in 2016, the aggregate increased by 12% to reach €1,260,300 while the clearance rate took a slight dip at 76% and the average price slipped 3% to settle at €7,732.

 Chinese owner hoping for more French success

13 months ago at the ARQANA October Yearling Sale, Stuart Boman of Blandford Bloodstock signed a €150,000 docket for a Redoute's Choice filly, the first French purchase for Chinese owner Zhiqiang An who races under the nom de course Golden East Horse. Sent to Francis Graffard and named Lilac Fairy, she went on to win the L. Prix des Sablonnets at two and has now earned in excess of €120,000.

Tremendous trade for National Hunt yearlings on day 2 of Autumn Sale.
21 November 2017

 The newly-formatted session exclusively dedicated to National Hunt yearlings proved a definite success, registering increases across the board. 122 of the 164 youngsters on offer sold, a clearance rate just shy of 75%, and they changed hands at an average price of €24,152.

 Highflyer Bloodstock’s Anthony Bromley and David Minton have enjoyed countless successes with their French purchases and the team was out in force, notably in company with clients Dai Walters and Charlie Dingwall. The group showed a voracious appetite for yearlings and dominated the buyers’ standings with 22 purchases for a total spend of €623,000. Their shopping list was headed by a Great Pretender half-brother to Group 1 winning hurdler SRELIGHONN (lot 432), for which they paid €120,000. Srelighonn was purchased by Francois Nicolle for €55,000 as a two-year-old store at the 2015 Summer Sale and took the Gr.1 Prix Ferdinand Dufaure this season in the colours of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. His steel grey sibling was consigned by Domaine de l'Etang, a young operation started a couple of years ago by former yearling manager at Haras des Capucines, Elise Drouet.

Top hurdling filly tops hit session on €310,000 bid from Horse Racing Advisory
20 November 2017

 The opening session of the 2017 Autumn Sale was dominated by National Hunt fillies and Hubert Barbe’s Horse Racing Advisory, with the two highest-priced lots sharing these traits. The market proved strong and in line with vendors’ expectations throughout the day, as evidenced by the 86% clearance rate, an improved score from 2016. However, the lower number of Wild Card entries and highly commercial profiles resulted in figures not being able to match the year-on-year comparison. Turnover for the day was €4,385,200 for 180 sold, an average price of €24,362.

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7 exciting young National Junt prospects added to the Autumn catalogue
10 November 2017

 Thanks to the Wild Card system, six geldings and one filly with exceptional potential in the National Hunt sphere have been added to the Autumn Sale. All of them still qualify as novices over hurdles and fences, which opens up a number of opportunities for them across the Channel. They will go through the ring on November 20.


-        From the great Schlenderhan family of ITO as well as the recent Prix de Maisons-Laffitte Gr.3 hurdle winner IZZO, ISON (lot 200) won on his debut at four, and has most recently finished runner-up in two races over 2400 and 2700 metres, from five starts to date. Last time out he was beaten by none other than ZEMINDARI, who had finished second in the Prix Lord Seymour L. behind subsequent Breeders’ Cup victor TALISMANIC. Measuring 17 hands, the gelded son of Wiener Walzer looks to have an exciting future over jumps. He will be offered from Haras des Embruns.


-        OISTRAKH LE NOIR (lot 205) is in training with Donatien Sourdeau de Beauregard. This three-year-old gelding from the family of ISLERO NOIR recently opened his account on his second outing over hurdles, beating the Papot family owned CAT TIGER by 8 lengths. The latter went on to score on his next outing.


-        Trained by Carlos and Yann Lerner, PEACE MAKER (lot 210) is a son of Jukebox Jury from the stout German family of PEACEFUL LOVE and PENNY LANE. Unraced on the flat, this three-year-old gelding made a promising debut when 3rd in the Prix de Saint-Raphaël at Compiegne on debut.


-        Offered from Philippe Peltier’s stable, DOMINGO (lot 215) is a four-year-old AQPS by Special Kaldoun out of PULIGNY MONTRACHET, herself Listed placed at Auteuil. Placed in six of his seven outings this season over hurdles and fences, he recently won nicely over the latter at Lignieres. He is still a novice under both disciplines.


-        The three-year-old gelding SALIX (lot 220) will be offered by South-West based trainer Christelle Courtade. The good-looking bay caught the eye when posting a late rush to win on debut yesterday over the Classic trip.


-        Trained by David Cottin, AVA will go through the ring as lot 225. This imposing three-year-old filly has not stopped improving. After finishing 4th in the Prix Magne (L.) over hurdles at Auteuil, she went on to finish 5th in the Gr.2 Prix Bournosienne, only four lengths behind the very good filly WHETSTONE. She also boasts a very good pedigree, being a half-sister to recent Gr.1 Premio Lydia Tesio runner up A RAVING BEAUTY, from the family of the good German stayer ALIANTHUS.


-        A three-year-old AQPS, EDEN FLIGHT (lot 230) is offered from Patrice Quinton’s stable. This son of Great Pretender won on his flat debut by three lengths over 3,200m on October 15.


The catalogue of the Breeding Stock Sale is online!
6 November 2017

A sister to ZARKAVA, 2 Gr.1 winners and the only mare in foal to AMERICAN PHAROAH in Europe, the catalogue of the Breeding Stock Sale is online!

Fillies and mares bought at ARQANA’s December Breeding Stock Sale have produced numerous winners at the highest level across the globe, led by two dual Classic winners this year. The dam of Irish Derby and St Leger winner CAPRI, DIALAFARA, was bought for €175,000 by Margaret O’Toole from the draft of the Aga Khan Studs while MORNING LIGHT, who was purchased for just €12,000 by McKeever Bloodstock from Haras du Cadran became the dam of Poule d’Essai des Poulains and Prix du Jockey Club winner BRAMETOT. The latter was offered as a foal a year later, where he was picked up by Sylvain Vidal for €26,000 from Haras du Logis.

The list continues as the dams of 2017 Gr.1 winners IQUITOS and SHAKEEL were also recently sold at Deauville, as well as those of the highly talented two-year-olds THE PENTAGON and POLYDREAM, this year’s German 2,000 Guineas winner POETIC DREAM, Scandinavia’s top three-year-old filly DORCIA etc.

The 2017 renewal takes place from 9-12 December in Deauville. A total of 953 lots will go under the hammer, of which 455 mares, 174 fillies, 319 foals and four stallions. 10 Wild Cards are available to accommodate fillies with fresh form or foals/mares with an exciting update.

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MELON won the Gr.2 WKD Hurdle at Down Royal
6 November 2017

 Melon posted a brilliant display this weekend in the Gr.2 WKD Hurdle at Down Royal.

He was consigned by Newsells Park Stud Limited at the 2013 August Yearling Sale and bought for €100,000 by Tina Rau Bloodstock and Ecurie Nicolas Clement.
Congratulations to all!

THE RIGHT MAN again in the Gr.3 Prix de de Seine-et-Oise
2 November 2017

 THE RIGHT MAN posted a brillant display for the second time in the Gr.3 Prix de Seine-et-Oise at Maisons-Laffitte.

Consigned by Haras de Meautry at the 2013 October Yearling Sale, he was purchased for €32,000 by Thierry Delègue. 
Congratulations to all!

SWEETY DREAM landed the Gr.3 Prix Miesque at Maisons-Laffitte
2 November 2017

 SWEETY DREAM landed the Gr.3 Prix Miesque at Maisons-Laffitte.

Consigned by Haras de Grandcamp at the 2016 October Yearling Sale, this filly by Dream Ahead was bought for €30,000 by Agence FIPS. 
Congratulations to all connections!

The Autumn Sale catalogue is online!
31 October 2017

 A source of Group winners in both disciplines, the Autumn Sale catalogue is now online.

A mixed sale with yearlings, two-year-old stores and horses-in-training, each year the Autumn Sale produces high-class winners in both disciplines.

SILVERWAVE, a multiple Group winner on the flat from the age of three, was bought as a two-year-old in training, as was the Gr.3 Sapphire Stakes winner CASPIAN PRINCE. Of those that have also distinguished themselves on the flat is MISS MELBOURNE, a very promising Listed winner, in addition to the well named BLACKTYPE, that recently won the Gr.2 Knickerbocker Stakes. Both were bought as yearlings.

Over jumps, FOX NORTON recorded two top tier successes in the same month when taking the Gr.1 JTL Melling Chase at Aintree before following up in the Gr.1 Champion Chase at Punchestown last April. Sales graduates such as AGRAPART, ARCTIC FIRE, TRAFFIC FLUIDE and RENNETI have either been placed or won group races in Great Britain and Ireland this year.

The 2017 sale is made up of 684 lots ready to follow in their footsteps on November 20, 21 and 22. The first day, that is made up of horses in training for the flat and jumps as well as two-year-old stores, will start at 10.30 am. The yearlings will start going through the ring on Tuesday at 1pm, and Wednesday at 11am.

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October Yearling Sale continues to rise
20 October 2017
The fourth and final day of the 2017 October Yearling Sale maintained the solid momentum observed over the first three sessions, with figures for the day posting strong gains across the board. 82 yearlings sold for a cumulated €1,052,000 (+25%) and despite 19 extra yearlings catalogued, the clearance rate improved from 77% to 85% while the average price remained steady at €12,829.
A broad cross section of trainers and pinhookers, both from France and neighbouring countries, ensured that four horses sold for €40,000 and above while the top price for the corresponding session a year ago was €38,000.

October Yearling Sale marches on
The aggregate for the four-day sale had taken a 23% leap in 2016, and the challenge to follow on this impressive gain was met with brio as the 2017 figure represents a 7% rise. 41 extra horses were sold for a cumulated €20,842,500, representing an improved clearance rate of 80%. The average price remained stable at €41,891.