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Lively National Hunt session caps phenomenal Breeding Stock Sale
12 December 2017

 The final session of the 2017 Breeding Stock Sale saw some buoyant trade, fueled by the abundance of fine National Hunt bloodlines on offer. 81% of the 138 fillies, mares and foals on offer changed hands for an average price of €18,811, up 17% from a year ago. The aggregate for the day posted a 16% jump from 2016 at €2,144,500.

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Momentum rolls to day 3 of Breeding Stock Sale
11 December 2017

 The positive trend observed over the first two sessions of the Breeding Stock sale rolled on to day three, which saw 201 horses sell for €1,914,500, a 10% gain on last year’s corresponding session. The clearance rate of 74% also showed improvement from 2016 while the average price rose 7% to €9,525

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Strong international trade continues on day 2 of Breeding Stock Sale
10 December 2017

 With the market having proved nothing short of frenetic during the opening session, the second session of the ARQANA Breeding Stock sale saw many underbidders make up for their fruitless attempts and resulted in upbeat figure across the board. The clearance up improved by a spectacular 10 points to 82% while the €5,708,500 turnover was 13% higher than its 2016 counterpart. The average price climbed 4% to €28,543.

The cumulated aggregate for the first two or the four-day sale is already 18% clear of last year’s grand total.

 Starspangled foal pays tribute to Moratalla

Under a week after the passing of the Marquesa de Moratalla, who bred and raced stars of the turf such as HOURS AFTER, CORRE CAMINOS, TIN HORSE, CHARGE D’AFFAIRES on the flat and the ‘musketeers’ UBU III, THE FELLOW and UCELLO II over jumps, the session was topped by one of her homebred foals. Pinhooker Peter Morgan made his first visit to Deauville worthwhile when forking out €165,000 for the son of Starspangledbanner (lot 381) consigned by Alban Chevalier du Fau’s ACF Elevage. The bay is out of the Listed-placed TORENTOSA, herself a half-sister to this year's Derby hero WINGS OF EAGLES who recently returned to his birthplace Haras de Montaigu to stand his first season at stud.

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€1,3 million Haggle dominates record-breaking opening session of the Breeding Stock Sale
10 December 2017

The opening day of the 2017 Breeding Stock sale saw buoyant trade in the Deauville sales ring which materialized in a record-setting turnover for this session. With a larger offer than in previous years, 175 mares, fillies and foals sold for a cumulated €21,593,000, a whopping 47% rise from last year’s opening session, while the average price increased 13% to €123,389. The clearance rate also progressed at 81%.

Wertheimer et Frère on all fronts 

HAGGLE (lot 174) had been tagged as the most attractive racing prospect in the sale, having won the Gr.3 Prix Fille de l'Air after the catalogue was printed to add to an impressive tally that already featured the Gr.3 La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte and a 3rd in the Gr.2 Prix Corrida. All these performances were achieved this year under the tutelage of up-and-coming trainer Henri-Francois Devin who took delivery of the filly after she was purchase by Stephen Hillen last year.

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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!