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The October Yearling Sale  drew to an end today at Deauville following a very satisfactory fourth day, during which 109 lots went through the ring.   86 yearlings found new homes, representing a clearance rate of nearly 79%, an average sale price of €14,337 (including private sales) and generating a turnover of €1,233,000. Two colts pushed the bidding up to €60,000 on this Thursday at Deauville. The first was lot 554, a son of Lope de Vega out of a sister to Tulipe Royale,  who finished third in the Prix Marcel Boussac (Gr.1).   The colt, who was consigned by the Haras du Cadran, was knocked down to Rupert Pritchard-Gordon and will stay in training in France. Just a few minutes later lot 556 consigned by Neustrian Associates posted the same price  on the sales ring board. This time it was a son of the speedy Dream Ahead, a first crop sire who won five Group 1 races, out of Halong Bay, a young Montjeu mare who won a Listed race in  Italy.   It was Paul Nataf who bought the horse on behalf of a client from Monaco.   The young sire Lope de Vega was once again in the limelight at the end of the session thanks to lot 589, a filly consigned by  the Haras d’Omméel who was bought by Paul Murphy for €47,000.

Review of the sale

The 2014 renewal of the October Yearling Sale posted very satisfactory figures including most notably a record average for this sale of €36,247 which was up by 8.3% compared to the 2013 October sale, as well as a record median of €26,000. This remarkable increase in the average lead to an unprecedented turnover of €15,988,200 (including private sales) with the same number of horses sold as last year.  Only the clearance rate was slightly down on last year at 78% (including private sales) though it still remained very satisfactory. The well bred yearlings proved very popular throughout the sale and 25 horses changed hands for €100,000 or more compared to 18 in October 2013 and 11 in October 2011, reflecting the strong demand at the top end of the market.

The total turnover generated by the August Yearling Sale, v.2 and October Sales this year amounts to €59,364,700 (including private sales) compared to €52,242,000 at the same stage last year which represents a significant increase of over 13.6%. Similarly, the overall average price of yearlings at the three sales reached €72,307, a figure up by a staggering 19% on last year using the same parameters.

At the end of the sale, ARQANA chairman Eric Hoyeau, declared: “Just as it did last year the October Yearling Sale has proved very dynamic and generated a record turnover, average and median. The clearance rate of 78% also remains very satisfactory. The sale can boast having offered Trêve, Avenir Certain, The Grey Gatsby, Charm Spirit and High Jinx for sale, all exceptional horses who between them have won nine Group 1 races this year. These successes, combined with the improving quality of the catalogue, allow us to maintain and expand our client base which hails from all parts of France, as well as all over Europe, Qatar, Russia, the United States and Asia.  We would like to thank them and wish them all every success with their purchases.”

Overall statistics for the October Yearling Sale

Sale (not including private sales)

Figures 2014 2013 Evolution
Offered 573 543
Sold 435 449
% Sold 75,92% 82,69%
Average €36,247 €33,468 +8.3%
Median €26,000 €25,000
Turnover (including private) €15,988,200 €15,067,000 +6.11%


Top 5 lots

Lot Sire Dam Vendor Buyer Psrice
2 Dubawi Reggane Perelle Alain de Royer Dupré €350,000
56 Lope de Vega Atlanda Lieu des Champs Bertrand Le Metayer €270,000
182 Galileo Quetsche Monceaux Umm Qarn €225,000
159 Sea The Stars Olga Prekrasa Quesnay Al Shaqab Racing €180,000
73 Le Havre Brave Power Elbe Umm Qarn €170,000


Top 5 buyers

Buyers Bought Average Turnover
Umm Qarn 14 €75,643 €1,059,000
Chantilly Bloodstock 14 €56,071 €785,000
Anthony Stroud 12 €59,833 €718,000
Al Shaqab Racing 5 €97,400 €487,000
Jerely Brummitt 6 €74,500 €447,000


Top 5 vendors

Vendors Sold Average Turnover
Coulonces Consignment 28 €44,714 €1,252,000
Monceaux 19 €63,474 €1,206,000
Grandcamp 37 €31,459 €1,164,000
Etreham 26 €43,077 €1,120,000
Capucines 22 €41,182 €906,000



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 Next sale:  Autumn Sale

17-19 November, Deauville