This Saturday at Saint-Cloud the 2014 renewal of the Are Sale took place, an event which held in its entirety at the heart of the prestigious Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend. The sale proved a wholehearted success and attracted numerous investors with a very international profile, hailing notably from China, Qatar, Japan, Dubai as well as Europe and the United States. Results posted a pleasing increase compared to last year’s sale. Indeed, nearly 65% of the horses offered for sale changed hands, a figure which was up by nearly 6 points compared to last year while the average reached €268,125, a record for this sale and a spectacular increase of 48.6% compared to last year. The total turnover also increased by 19.54% to reach €6,435,000.
The China Horse Club invested very heavily this evening, signing the docket for five horses for a total of €2,670,000, propelling it to the top of the buyers’ leaderboard. Acting on behalf of the Chinese group, New Zealand agent Michael Wallace, standing alongside Teo Ah Khing, went up to €800,000 to secure AUVRAY (lot 16), a stayer very much on the upgrade who had lit up Longchamp just a few hours earlier when winning the Prix de Chaudenay (Gr.2). Leaving current trainer Elie Lellouche, the colt will now head for Australia with next year’s Melbourne Cup in mind. Just a few minutes later Michael Wallace once again came out on top in a fierce bidding war against Emmanuel de Séroux who was with his Japanese client Katsumi Yoshida, and Nicolas de Watrigant (Mandore International Agency), acting on behalf of his Qatari client. All were very keen to get their hands on the Jean-Claude Rouget trained CRISOLLES (lot 23), a good second behind champion filly Avenir Certain in the Prix de la Nonette (Gr.2) this summer at Deauville. Bought for €720,000, the filly will now run its new colours in the Prix de l’Opéra (Gr.1) tomorrow at Longchamp; after this race she will either stay in France or will head for the United States. A little later in the evening another son of Le Havre, ORBEC (lot 44), also wound up in Michael Wallace’s pocket for €600,000. Trained by Jean-Claude Rouget for owner Gérard Augustin-Normand, as were the other two aforementioned horses, this three year old colt has had a great season, winning three races including the Grand Prix de Clairefontaine (L.) and finishing a pleasing fourth in the Prix Hocquart (Gr.2) in May. A career in Australia is also in the pipeline for this horse. The Richard Hannon trained (lot 42) BURNT SUGAR completed the China Horse Club’s shopping list, who went to €350,000 for him. This son of Lope de Vega, who won the Sirenia Stakes (Gr.3) at Kempton at the beginning of September will run in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (Gr.1) tomorrow in the red and yellow colours of China.
Travelling to Paris with Tarfasha and Pale Mimosa who will take part in the Prix de l’Opéra and the Prix du Cadran (Gr.1) respectively tomorrow, Irish trainer Dermot Weld made the most of his journey to buy the Aga Khan bred BEHESHT (lot 18), a son of Sea The Stars out of the Group 2 winner Behkara, himself a recent winner at Listed level at Saint-Cloud. He spent €525,000 in the name of Calumet Farm, based in Lexington, Kentucky, which has fantastic results and buys horses at the highest level throughout the world, and will continue to train the horse from his base at the Curragh.
At the very beginning of the session, the hammer fell at €400,000 for the Christophe Ferland trained THE BLUE EYE (lot 5) under the drive of Gérard Larrieu (Chantilly Bloodstock). Off the back of two wins and two second places in good B races, this magnificent two-year-old son of Dubawi out of the Group 3 winner Soneva will now head for Qatar where he will run in the colours of Khalifa Bin Shaeil Al Kuwari.
English bloodstock agent Anthony Stroud also proved very active today, most notably for a Dubai-based client and ended the sale as second leading buyer, having spent €1,015,000 on six horses. He bought MR POMMEROY (lot 14), for €250,000, as well as the Wertheimer horse PILOTE, and CORSO COMO, ANAHITA, FRANKYFOURFINGERS and LINNGARO.
At the end of the sale ARQANA chairman Eric Hoyeau declared: “The Arc Sale represents an unmissable event at the heart of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend, and is an exceptional showcase for high class horses whose profiles attract a very international range of buyers. Each year, graduates of the sale go on to distinguish themselves across the globe, whether in Europe, the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, or Dubai as well as Qatar and Singapore and we wish the same success to this year’s buyers, while thanking them for their investments.”
Complete results are available at www.arqana.com
Next ARQANA sale: October Yearling Sale
from 20 to 23 octobre at Deauville