The second day of the Breeding Stock Sale proved very dynamic throughout the day and results witnessed a pleasing increase compared to last year on the same day. 227 of the 288 mares and foals to go through the ring today changed hands, representing a remarkable clearance rate of nearly 79%. The average of €27,848 increased by nearly 16% compared to last year, while the turnover reached €6,321,500, also an increase of nearly 16%.
As always, representatives from the good Aga Khan Studs families generated plenty of interest. Gilles Forien went up to €190,000 for SHAMIYRA (lot 262), a young broodmare in foal to Kendargent. This daughter of Medicean is a half sister to Prix Allez France (Gr.3) winner Shemiyla, and is therefore also from of close family of three year old Shamkiyr, who finished second behind The Grey Gatsby in the Prix du Jockey Club (Gr.1) this year. The five year old mare will make a nice addition to the Haras de la Reboursière et de Montaigu broodmare band. In the afternoon Richard Brown (Blandford Bloodstock) set his sights on another Aga Khan Studs homebred, lot 381 BRYNICA. A dual winner this year, this three year old filly is a half sister to Baraan, a son of Dalakhani who won the Prix La Force (Gr.3) and finished third to Reliable Man in the Prix du Jockey Club (Gr.1). Bought for €165,000 she will be covered next year with the aim of selling her offspring. French agent Paul Nataf, acting on behalf of an Italian client breeding in France, also picked up a gem from the Aga Khan Studs draft, lot 325 ZARDAKA knocked down for €120,000. As her name suggests, this four year old filly, presented in foal for the first time to Tamayuz, is from the family of the famous Zarkava, a champion at two and three in Europe. Irish agency Emerald Bloodstock went to €125,000 to bag lot 428 FRAGOLA, a representative of the well known Lagardère/Aga Khan family of Fragrant Hill. Indeed, she is a half sister to no less than five Group winners including Fragrant Mix (Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud) and Alpine Rose (Prix Jean Romanet). This daughter of Grand Lodge in foal to Intello was herself placed on numerous occasions at Group level, most notably finishing second in the Prix Marcel Boussac (Gr.1) at two.
Earlier in the evening Emerald Bloodstock signed the docket at €100,000 for lot 402, COSTA BRAVA, a mare by the illustrious Sadler’s Wells and a sister to the dual Group 2 winner Fairy Queen as well as Acropolis, Group 1 placed at two. She was presented by La Motteraye Consignment in foal to Showcasing, exciting young sire with already three Group and Listed winners to his name from his first crop of two year olds.
Right at the end of the session Alain Jathière acting through Oceanic Bloodstock (Michel Zérolo), made quite an impact by suddenly pushing the bidding for lot 544 LANDSKIA presented by Coulonces Consignment. He went to €120,000 to get his hands on this Listed placed daughter of Lando whose first offspring, a three-year-old filly by Le Havre named La Gohannière, recently finished third in the Prix Petit Etoile (L.) at the beginning of the week at Deauville. The broodmare in question is actually back in foal to the excellent Le Havre, exciting young sire who has had a huge impact this year with his first three-year-olds, chief among which was the dual classic winner Avenir Certain.
The foal section made remarkable progress during this second day of sale. 85% of the foals on offer changed hands today, compared to 77% on the same day last year, for an average sale price of €28,400, a figure up by 20%. The median went from €17,400 to €25,000, a spectacular increase of 44% compared to the same day in 2013.
Attracted by the Motivator/Anabaa cross responsible for the exceptional Trêve, the Umm Qarn team, made up of Alban de Mieulle and Freddy Head, bought one filly foal for €110,000, lot 259 consigned by the Haras de la Cour Blanche. This is a family which Freddy Head knows inside out as the young mare Savoya, whose second offspring Savoken was Listed placed this year, was bred at the Haras du Quesnay. In addition she is a sister to two black type horses including Silver Pond, dual Group 2 winner in France who then went on to finish placed at Group 1 level in Dubai and Hong Kong.
Already active yesterday, Irish agent and ARQANA representative in South Africa Mick Flanagan bought two foals for €100,000 each. The first is lot 292 presented by Irene Scheldt, a colt from the first crop of Group 1 winning two year old Casamento out of The Spring Flower, a mare who made her mark in Germany winning a Listed race and finishing placed in a Group 3. The foal will join the Haras du Lieu des Champs paddocks and will be pinhooked next year. The second foal to go Mick Flanagan’s way is lot 333, bred by the Haras de la Perelle and by Siyouni out of the Listed placed Ayfa. Whether on the track or at the sales Siyouni has been making headlines all year thanks to his first two year olds and has won the title of Leading sire of two year olds in France. Among his representatives are seven black type horses including Ervedya, best two year old filly in France in order of prizemoney (source France Galop). His Highness’ filly has won three races this year including the Prix de Cabourg (Gr.3) and has finished third in the Prix Morny (Gr.1) and second in the Prix Marcel Boussac (Gr.1).
On this second day of sale, the Aga Khan Studs headed the list of leading vendors with 13 mares sold for a total of €970,500. The podium was completed by the Haras de Grandcamp (12 lots sold for a total of €280,500) and the Haras des Capucines (8 lots sold for €269,000).
The sale continues
tomorrow from 11 AM
Full results are available online at www.arqana.com