Horses bought at the ARQANA sales are enjoying a memorable purple patch, having registered no less than six victories at Group level in the last 24 hours and won Classic races in three different countries.
First and third in both French Guineas
The Poule d’Essai des Poulains and Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, run yesterday at ParisLongchamp, were both won by graduates of the V.2 Yearling Sale.
In the colts’ contest, Antonio Caro and Gérard Augustin-Normand’s OLMEDO, bought for €100,000 by Jean-Claude Rouget, battled it out until the shadow of the post to win by a neck, thus building on the promises he had shown as a juvenile. The son of Declaration of War has never finished further than 2nd in five starts and was only denied by HAPPILY in the Gr.1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère last season. Olmedo was bred by Jean-Pierre Dubois and consigned by Haras des Capucines.
In third place, beaten a nose for second, was Giacomo Algranti’s DICE ROLL, a €130,000 purchase by Amanda Skiffington at the October Yearling Sale when offered by Haras d’Etreham.
The fillies’ race saw the unbeaten TEPPAL stretch her immaculate record and present Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani with a second Poule d’Essai des Pouliches trophy, five years after fellow ARQANA graduate FLOTILLA. Bred by Gestüt zur Küste, the daughter of Camacho was consigned by Haras d’Ellon and caught the eye of astute pinhooker Con Marnane, who paid €60,000 for her. The following year she commanded €105,000 from Blandford Bloodstock at the Breeze Up sale and joined David Simcock’s stable.
The fast-finishing third, from an unfavourable outside draw, was Derrick Smith’s WIND CHIMES, a €130,000 buy by Broadhurst Agency at the August Yearling Sale. The daughter of Mastercraftsman was bred and consigned by Ecurie des Monceaux.
Three more Group wins in three different countries
The first Group contest on the ParisLongchamp card, the Gr.3 Prix de Saint-Georges over the minimum trip, also went to an ARQANA graduate as Jean-Louis Bouchard’s CITY LIGHT came from the back of the field to score by a length and a half under a hands and heels ride. The son of Siyouni is now unbeaten in three starts this season, having previously impressed when winning the All-Weather Sprint Championships at Lingfield. Bred by Jedburgh Stud, he was picked up by trainer Stéphane Wattel for €55,000 at the October Yearling Sale.
On Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park, Breeding Stock Sale purchase A RAVING BEAUTY captured the Gr.3 Beaugay Stakes in good style on her stateside debut in the colours of Michael Dubb, Madaket and Bethlehem Stables. The grey filled the runner-up spot in last season’s Gr.1 Premio Lydia Tesio before being bought by Mandore International Agency for 225 000€, from the draft of Ecurie des Monceaux.
Back across the pond at Milan’s Capanelle racecourse, August Yearling Sale graduate ROYAL JULIUS made light work of the Gr.2 Premio Presidente della Republica and is now set to target Ascot’s Royal meeting. He is another to have been scouted by Nicolas de Watrigant’s Mandore International Agency, who paid €40,000 for the Haras du Cadran offering.
An ARQANA trifecta in the Czech 2,000 Guineas
Also run yesterday, the Czech Classic saw ARQANA graduates fill the first three places.
The winner SAGAR, by Excelebration, was bought for €32,000 at the October Yearling Sale by Janda Bloodstock, from the draft of The Channel Consignment. He beat home FORREST GUMP, a graduate of the August Yearling Sale where Chris Richner paid €45,000 for this son of George Vancouver offered by Haras de l’Aumônerie.
Janda Bloodstock also purchased the third-placed, MON CHERI, who was offered from the yard of Carlos and Yann Lerner at last year’s Autumn Sale,
Chris Richner purchases in flying form
The winners of both Hungarian Guineas were sourced as yearlings at the Autumn Sale by Czech-based agent Chris Richner. MEDYNA, bred by Haras d’Haspel, won the fillies’ version while Haras du Quesnay’s TOUR TO PARIS was victorious in the colts’ equivalent.
Richner also saw one of his purchases score at Group level over jumps as Jiri Charvat’s ARKALON, again bought at the Autumn Sale from Haras de Montaigu, took the Corsa Siepi dei 4 Anni Gr.2 in the care of renowned trainer Joseph Vana,
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