On Monday at Deauville the first day of the October Yearling Sale was being held, a session which posted solid results and a sustained activity from both French and international buyers. Throughout the day, 129 yearlings changed hands for an average price of €65,838, a figure which witnessed a sharp increase of nearly 16% compared to last year on the same day, while the median was €57,000 compared to €42,000 in 2013. The turnover reached €8,559,000, a record figure for Part 1 of the October Sale, which witnessed an increase of 12% compared to last year. Demand proved particularly strong for top end of the market profiles and 21 yearlings were knocked down for €100,000 more compared to 16 last year, a phenomenon which reflects the high selectivity of the market.
At the very beginning of the sale the Haras de la Perelle lead lot 2 through the ring, who went on to become top price of the day at €350,000. It was Alain de Royer Dupré, acting on behalf of Italian clients, who got his hands on this son of the exceptional Dubawi, relegating Anthony Stroud amongst others to the role of underbidder. The Chantilly-based trainer knows the family well having trained the colt’s dam Reggane, a daughter of Red Ransom who won the E.P. Taylor Stakes (Gr.1) in Canada and finished second in the Coronation Stakes (Gr.1). The Haras de la Perelle, which belongs to Jürgen Winter, had another great result with lot 105, a son of the highly sought after Dansili and therefore none other than a full brother to the Falmouth Stakes (Gr.1) winner and multiple Group 1 placed Giofra. The colt was knocked down to Bertrand Le Metayer, acting on behalf of the Qatari outfit Al Shahania, on a final bid of €155,000. He preceded lot 106 through the ring, another Perelle bred youngster from the same family who was knocked down to Jeremy Brummitt for €100,000. The bay colt is the result of a mating between Shamardal and the Listed winner Gradara, a Montjeu half-sister to Giofra. Jeremy Brummitt, who proved particularly busy today, also spent €130,000 on lot 11, a son of Kendargent consigned by the Haras de Saint Pair and the third foal out of San Sicharia, who won a Group 3 in England.
Freshman sire Lope de Vega, who completed the Poule d’Essai des Poulains (Gr.1) / Prix du Jockey Club (Gr.1) double, had a sensational weekend thanks to one of his first two-year-olds Belardo, a graduate of the 2013 August Yearling Sale, winning the Dewhurst Stakes (Gr.1) at Newmarket. Thanks to this timely update, his yearlings were hugely popular in the ring today including most notably lot 56 presented by the Haras du Lieu des Champs, a young enterprise run by Richard Powell. The second foal out of a sister to Group 2 winners Atlando and Incanto Dream, the colt pushed the bidding all the way up to €270,000, driven by Anthony Stroud, David Redvers and Bertrand Le Metayer. It was eventually the latter who came out on top and had the pleasure of signing the docket for the colt. Towards the end of the day Stephen Hillen, who bought dual Group 1 winner The Grey Gatsby at the very sale, went to €170,000 for lot 178, another representative of Lope de Vega offered by Coulonces Consignment. This was a half brother to Classic Blade who won the July Stakes (Gr.2) at two. Michael Wallace, who had a huge impact on the Arc Sale at the beginning of the month where he bought the three top lots, also set his sights on a filly by the Ballylinch Stud sire. Once again representing the China Horse Club, the New Zealand bloodstock agent spent €120,000 on this half sister to multiple Group 3 winner Stotsfold consigned by the Haras d’Ombreville.
At the very end of the day the tandem Umm Qarn Farm / Qatar Racing formed by Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani and his son Sheikh Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Thani spent €225,000 on lot 182 presented by Ecurie des Monceaux and a particularly well bred colt by leading sire Galileo out of Prix de Royaumont (Gr.3) winner Quetsche. The father and son tandem also bought lot 73 for €170,000. This was a daughter of the French based Le Havre who has been so successful this year thanks to his first three-year-olds, including dual Group 1 winner Avenir Certain. The filly, offered by the Haras d’Elbe is the first foal out of Brave Power, a sister to Berine’s Son, who won the Prix de Fontainebleau (Gr.3) before finishing second in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains (Gr.1).
Al Shaqab Racing, who lifted their second Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr.1) just a few weeks ago thanks to Trêve, who went through the sales ring at Deauville in October 2011, bought four lots this afternoon for a total of €442,000. The Qatari outfit belonging to Sheikh Joaan Al Thani most notably spent €180,000 on lot 159, a son of exciting young sire Sea The Stars consigned by the Haras du Quesnay and from the family of Group winner State Crystal as well as Crystal Music, winner of the Fillies’ Mile (Gr.1).
Eric Hoyeau, chairman of ARQANA, reviewed this first session in the following terms: “This first day generated a record turnover for Part 1 of the October Sale. This sale dedicated to yearlings has made remarkable progress in the last two years and this trend is explained by a consistent and significant improvement in the quality of the horses sold. As such, 21 yearlings were knocked down for €100,000 or more today compared to 10 in 2012. This first day therefore gives a most positive impetus for Part 2 of the sale which will be held over the next three days at Deauville.”
Full results are available online at www.arqana.com
The sale continues tomorrow from 2 PM