The second day of the Autumn Sale introduced the section dedicated to yearlings bred for both flat and National Hunt racing. This last session of the year dedicated to yearlings being spread out over two days, only 165 yearlings went through the ring today (compared to 272 last year) and nearly 79% of them changed hands for an average sale price of €15,335. In spite of a vastly diminished volume of horses, the turnover exceeded €2 million, reflecting a strong demand, particularly for National Hunt horses.
The top price on this second day went to Jonjo O’Neill who bought lot 429, NOT AT ALL for €150,000. Consigned by the Haras de la Croix Sonnet, this magnificent son of Martaline boasted a pedigree rich in black type. Indeed, his second dam is none other than NEWNESS who produced Group winners over jumps NO RISK AT ALL, NICKNAME, N’AVOUE JAMAIS, NOM D’UNE PIPE as well as NOM DE D’LA.
Already very busy on the first day dedicated to horses in training, English agents Highflyer Bloodstock once again showed a keen interest for French jumpers, buying 8 lots for a total of €305,000. The agency who found themselves at the top of the buyers’ leaderboard, was acting throughout the day on behalf of Dai Walters, owner of Coral Cup (Gr.1) winner Whisper, and of Ffos Las Racecourse. Right from the beginning of the day bids went up to €82,000 for lot 315 (consigned by the Haras du Méhéran), SAINT LORD, a full brother to champion LE ROCHER, winner of the Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle (Gr.1) at Chepstow and also bought as a yearling at Deauville. A little earlier, the English agents were taken with lot 290 (consigned by the Haras de Maulepaire) AL DANCER, an Al Namix half brother to TZAR’S DANCER, winner of the Prix du Président de la République (Gr.3). Following a lively bidding war against numerous interested parties including Etienne Leenders, the hammer finally fell in their favour for €60,000. Near the end of the day, they also spent €75,000 on lot 414, SAINTLOUIS DES PRES, a son of Saint des Saints consigned by the Haras de la Croix Sonnet.
Bertrand Le Métayer bought lot 356 TOUT A FAIRE for the sum of €60,000. Presented by the Haras de la Croix Sonnet, this daughter of leading jumps’ sire Saint des Saints is none other than a close relative to the excellent BONITO DU BERLAIS, winner of the 2014 renewal of the Prix Cambacérès (Gr.1). The French bloodstock agent was acting on behalf of a partnership between the three Englishmen including two who were investing for the first time. The filly will now go to England to be broken before returning to France to be raced.
Lot 303, MOUNT KAILAS was knocked down for €42,000 to Royan based Guillaume Macaire. Presented by the Haras du Mesnil, this was a son of KAPGARDE whose progeny are making their mark at the highest level on the track including MILORD THOMAS, winner of the Prix La Haye Jousselin (Gr.1) this year. MOUNT KAILAS is from the close family of FUBBS, winner of the Prix Général de Saint-Didier (Gr.3).
The last lot to go through the ring was knocked down for €65,000 to Nicolas Bertran de Balanda. Consigned by the Elevage de la Brume, this was a full brother to LORD PRESTIGE, winner of the Prix Juigné and Compiègne (Grs.3).
On the vendor’s side the Haras de la Croix Sonnet occupies first place with seven lots sold for an average of €49,714.
At the end of the second day of sale, ARQANA chairman Eric commented:
« The day after a day of Horses in Training dominated by jumpers, the English, Irish and French National Hunt industry continued to invest in yearlings. The better National Hunt yearlings achieved excellent figures such as the top price of €150,000 for a son of Martaline, thus rewarding vendors who placed their trust in the Autumn Sale.
Full results are available online at www.arqana.com
The Autumn Sale continues tomorrow from 1pm with yearlings.