A record top price for the third consecutive year
On the eve of the Poules d’Essai des Poulains and Pouliches, first French Classic rendez‐vous of the year, the ARQANA Breeze Up Sale posted record figures compared to the previous renewal.
As such nearly 76% of the 116 horses on offer changed hands for an average sale price of €76,705, an exceptional figure up by 15% compared to last year, and an all time high median of €55,000. The turnover reached €6,795,000 while 18 horses exceeded the symbolic threshold of €100,000.
Following a breathtaking duel with MV Magnier, Nicolas de Watrigant (Mandore International Agency) acting on behalf of Al Shaqab Racing, bought lot 112 for €750,000.This stunning colt also has a sumptuous pedigree being by the highly sought after Invincible Spirit, out of Morning Sun, a sister to top German stallion Monsun. Grove Stud (Brendan Holland), who consigned the horse, achieved a remarkable pinhook, having bought the colt for €55,000 last year at the ARQANA October Yearling Sale.
The Breeze Up Sale thus posted a record top price for the third consecutive year, sure sign of the excellent health of this market for flat bred two year olds and of the quality of the horses on offer. Nicolas de Watrigant, who was leading buyer at the end of the day with 4 lots bought for €1,150,000, also bought lot 81 for €200,000 ‐ the third offspring by Invincible Spirit out of the five time Listed placed In The Light, who was presented by The Channel Consignment.
He thereby showed repeated confidence in the French English tandem from whom he bought the talented Redbrook in May 2013 and who went on to win the Prix du Pont‐Neuf (L.) at Longchamp last Thursday.
Last year at the Breeze Up, David Redvers had shown plenty of flair when buying My Catch, a talented colt who achieved quite a feat in winning both Breeze Up Jackpots one after the other.
Indeed the Qatar Racing representative bagged the first jackpot worth €10,000 when winning the Prix Illinois II at Maisons‐Laffitte and four days later lifted the €100,000 super jackpot at Deauville when battling hard and showing plenty of courage to win the Prix de Cabourg (Gr.3).
With a view to being once again a competitive in this challenge, David Redvers bought lot 40, a son of Showcasing showing plenty of precocity. He went to €210,000 to get his hands on the horse consigned by Horse Park Stud, relegating Mandore International Agency to the role of underbidder.
Later in the afternoon David Redvers once again made an impression when signing the docket at €300,000 for lot 59, a colt consigned by Mocklershill from the first crop of Prix Jean‐ Luc Lagardère (Gr.1) winner Siyouni. To get there he had to fend off his very determined compatriot Stephen Hillen.
Two representatives from the outstanding Wildenstein family of Louveterie, the foundation mare responsible for stallions such as Loup Sauvage, Loup Solitaire and Loup Breton, proved extremely popular with the numerous buyers who had made the journey to Saint‐Cloud. The first, lot 100 consigned by Athassel House Stud, is a daughter of the American sire Bernardini out of the Listed placed L’Ile Aux Loups, who is a sister Loup Breton. She was knocked down for €210,000 to the Irish trainer Ken Condon who was representing one of his clients, an owner breeder in Ireland.
The second, lot 98 consigned by Mocklershill, made €180,000 after a final bid from Stephen Hillen who fell for this Rock Of Gibraltar half brother to the Listed winner Lungwa. Stephen Hillen also went to €180,000 to get his hands on lot 117 named Mondial Jet and a full brother to the speedy Princedargent (Kendargent), winner of the Prix Marchand d’Or (L.) and second in the Prix de Ris‐ Orangis (Gr.3).
Toward the end of the sale, lot 125 pushed the bidding up to €165,000 with a final bid from Oceanic Bloodstock (Michel Zérolo). Consigned by Mocklershill, this son of Bernardini named Pitore is from the famous and talented family of Peinture Bleue, dam of the Arc winner Peintre Célèbre as well as Peinture Rare, Pointilliste and Peinture Rose, dam of the aforementioned colt.
Gérard Larrieu of Chantilly Bloodstock for his part was particularly seduced by lot 58, consigned by the Haras du Saubouas, and went to €160,000 for him. This grey colt from the superb family of Coup de Folie is from the second crop of quadruple Group 1 winning miler Mastercraftsman and boasts the same cross as Kingston Hill, who won the Racing Post Trophy (Gr.1) at two, being out of a Rainbow Quest mare. He will soon go into training with Pascal Bary in Chantilly and will run in the colours of Saeed Al Romaithi.
Con Marnane (Bansh House Stables) achieved a very successful pinhook with lot 74 whom he bought for €72,000 at the October Yearling Sale. Bred in the purple, this son of the highly sought after Oasis Dream is out of the Group 3 winner Gracefully and is therefore a half brother to the
excellent Giofra who won the Falmouth Stakes (Gr.1) at Newmarket. The colt made €140,000 under the drive of a buyer who wishes to remain anonymous against Bent Olsen, leading trainer in Denmark.
At the end of the day, ARQANA chairman Eric Hoyeau declared: “We would first like to thank vendors who proved particularly active last year in a strong yearling market and reaped some fantastic rewards today, achieving several great pinhooks, particularly with the sale’s top lot. The top price of €750,000 and the record average sale price show that the ARQANA Breeze Up is fully in line with the European market.
This growing market for “Breeze Ups ” is to the credit of pinhookers who do not hesitate to invest at a very high level during the yearling sales.
Demand was very strong at the top of the market and all major players had made the trip to Saint‐ Cloud, getting involved in some great bidding wars. The same went for the middle market which was characterized by a strong European flavour.
Thus a large proportion of horses bought are likely to stay in training in France, where one can hope for a greater return on investment. In this sense, the Breeze Up Jackpot brings additional interest through a package of €200,000 entirely provided by ARQANA. We would like to thank buyers who came in great numbers to Saint‐Cloud and hope that several of them will lift the Breeze Up Jackpot Bonus. ”
Full result s are available at www.arqana.com
Next sale: Summer Sale, from 1 to 3 July at Deauville.