The second renewal of the v.2 yearling sale took place on Tuesday 19 August at Deauville, the day after an August Yearling Sale which posted superb results including notably a record average sale price of €147.017, an increase of over 9% compared to last year and a total turnover of €39,597,500, also up by nearly 14%. This second sale dedicated to yearlings included a selection of 113 horses with a particularly precocious profile. At the end of the day, 104 of them changed hands, representing 92% of horses sold, a figure up by 17% compared to last year. The average sale price reached €36,163 compared to €27,506 last year for a total turnover of €3,761,000, showing an increase of nearly 50% compared to the 2013 v.2 sale.
Just like it did last year, the sale met with a very favourable reception from French industry professionals as well as from buyers hailing from all over Europe and from Irish pinhookers who were putting together their drafts for next year’s Breeze Ups. Jean-‐Claude Rouget proved very busy today and bought eight yearlings for a total of €288,000.
Looking at the vendors, the Haras d’Omméel finished top of the list with five yearlings selling for a total of €318,000, followed by the Haras de la Haie Neuve who sold seven yearlings for a total of €275,000. The Haras de Grandcamp finished in third place with six horses selling for a total of €254,000.
Two yearlings found buyers for the sum of €90,000 during the evening. The first lot 442 consigned by Haras de la Perrigne, was bought by Mont-‐de-‐Marsan based trainer Antoine de Watrigant. This colt by Dubai Destination is none other than a half brother to the precocious sprinter Dibajj who landed the Prix du Petit Couvert (Gr.3) last year. Just a few minutes later lot 446 consigned by the Haras des Capucines made the same amount. It was Peter Doyle, acting on behalf of English trainer Richard Hannon, who secured the colt after some lively bidding against Jean-‐Claude Rouget, as well as pinhookers Alban Chevalier du Fau and Roger Marley. This was a son of Lilbourne Lad out of a Dubawi sister to Festivale, Listed winner and Group 3 placed. Alban Chevalier du Fau (The Channel Consignment) nonetheless got the upper hand when it came to lot 404 presented by the Haras d’Omméel and which he bought for €87,000. This colt is a son of Dark Angel who has proved precocious and highly commercial at Breeze Up sales, out of Velvet Revolver, who finished placed on several occasions at Group 3 and Listed level.
Young sire Siyouni has never ceased to impress in the last few weeks thanks to his first two-‐year-‐olds, which include some excellent horses including Ervedya, now unbeaten in three starts and facile winner of the Prix de Cabourg (Gr.3) recently at Deauville. One of his representatives pushed the bidding up to €85,000 this afternoon during the v.2 sale. This was lot 400 consigned by the Haras du Logis, a daughter of the Listed winner Tianshan knocked down to Alain Decrion. €85,000 was also the price fetched by lot 448, a daughter of Kendargent, who has had such huge success as a stallion since being retired to the Haras de Colleville. This three parts sister to the Listed winner Royal Menantie was bought by RTB Limited, a company belonging to Russian owner Rashit Shaykhutdinov and his partners, who this time relegated Chantilly-‐based trainer Nicolas Clément and Guy Pariente to the role of underbidders. Guy Pariente’s stallion Kendargent continued to make waves during the v.2 thanks to lot 462 presented by the Haras des Capucines. This colt out of a mare who was a winner at two, was knocked down for €77,000 to the aforementioned Irish pinhooker Roger Marley, who operates from Church Farm.
Elsewhere, three lots found takers for the sum of €75,000. The first was lot 390, another representative of the Aga Khan stallion Siyouni, who twice won at Group 1 level at two. The colt consigned by the Haras de Petit Tellier and knocked down to Sylvain Vidal is a half brother to the good two-‐year-‐old Speak Now who has won twice from three starts this year. Jean-‐Claude Rouget, bidding against his Chantilly based opponent Nicolas Clément, also spent €75,000 on lot 410, a daughter of the precocious and popular Dutch Art presented by the Haras de Grandcamp. A few hours later another son of Kendargent was making waves in the sales ring, changing hands for €75,000. Bought by Charel Bloodstock, an agency based in Ireland and owned by Vanessa Teehan, the colt, lot 461 presented by the Haras de la Reboursière et de Montaigu, is a three-‐part brother to Literato, who carried Hervé Morin’s colours to victory in England when winning the Champion Stakes (Gr.1).
ARQANA chairman Eric Hoyeau commented on the day’s results in the following terms: «We are delighted with the results of the v.2 sale which proved a great success for the second consecutive year with the buyers present at Deauville today. The sale posted an even greater increase than that witnessed by the three previous days for the August Yearling Sale. Indeed, the percentage of horses sold exceeded 92%, a new record for a yearling sale, while the average sale price was up by over 31% compared to last year, which shows a ferocious demand from buyers on the yearling market. The sale was offering a more consistent draft compared to last year, as a result of a greater selection process and included a high density of horses sold for
€50,000 or more. French agents and trainers were all present while numerous buyers who had already been active on the first three days, most notably Japanese buyers, continued to buy today. These most satisfactory results bode very well for the forthcoming yearling sales which will take place in October and November here at Deauville. »
Full results of the v.2 yearling sale are available online at www.arqana.com