The last day of the Breeding Stock Sale which focused on horses with a National Hunt profile, saw 120 lots go through the ring. Over 79% of them were sold, a figure up by nearly 6% compared to the same day last year, for an average sale price of €17,374, a figure which witnessed a spectacular increase of over 74%. The turnover for the day reached €1,650,500 which represents an impressive hike of nearly 88%.
At the opening of this fourth and last day of sale, the stallion MONTMARTRE (lot 841) was the object of some fierce bidding. It was eventually Meridian International (Ghislain Bozo) who bought the 21 shares in the stallion on behalf of the existing shareholders for €180,000. When owned by His Highness The Aga Khan, this son of Montjeu out of Artistique had landed the title of best three year old in France thanks most notably to a magnificent success in the Grand Prix de Paris (Gr.1). His first crop of three-year-olds includes among others the high class Amour A Papa, who finished second to Avenir Certain in the Prix de Diane (Gr.1). He will stand at the Haras du Hoguenet in 2015 for a similar fee to this year.
Also eagerly anticipated, the four year old filly FLEUR D’AINAY (lot 926) pushed the bidding up to €165,000 under the drive of George Mullins who eventually had the last word. This daughter of Poliglote has done nothing but impress over fences at Auteuil. In the spring, she finished second in the Prix Fleuret (Gr.3), then third in the Prix Jean Stern (Gr.2) won by the talented Laterano. In the Prix Ferdinand Dufaure (Gr.1), she reversed the form with the latter with great authority, winning in most classy fashion by 2 1/2 lengths. Presented by Xavier Leredde as a filly coming out of training, she is also very well bred being a half sister to the excellent horses Crystal d’Ainay, Etoile d’Ainay and Flower des Champs. She will now go to Ireland to start her new career as a broodmare. Elsewhere George Mullins also spent €60,000 on another National Hunt broodmare with a good pedigree, lot
946 LADY DROP, consigned by the Haras de Colleville. This young mare in foal for the first time to Martaline is a result of the mating between the sought after King’s Theatre and the talented Lina Drop, winner of the Prix Alain du Breil (Gr.1) and the Prix de Longchamp (Gr.2).
Just a few minutes later, Edwige Le Metayer signed that the docket at €52,000 for MADONNA DU BERLAIS (lot 949), a three year old mare in foal for the first time to Irish Wells. Bred in the purple, she is out of a sister to the exceptional three year old Bonito du Berlais, who won five races over hurdles this year at Auteuil including the Prix Cambacérès (Gr.1) and the Prix Georges de Talhouët-Roy, emerging as the uncontested leader of his generation.
At the beginning of the afternoon the Haras de Grandcamp led lot 924 through the ring. This was none other than a Kapgarde half-brother to the excellent Gémix, winner in 2013 and 2014 of the Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil (Gr.1) as well as three further Group races. The chesnut foal was knocked down for €65,000 Gémix’s trainer, Nicolas Bertran de Balanda, who was acting on behalf of Christophe Guy, one of his clients from Lyon.
Consigned by the Haras de Pierrepont in foal for the first time to leading National Hunt sire Saint des Saints, SRINAGAR GIRL (lot 887) was knocked down for €40,000 to Mill House Stud, belonging to English agent David Minton. This young Shamardal mare is out of a sister to the stallion Network and is a half sister to the talented Gejzir, a Listed winner over fences. €40,000 was also the amount spent by Bertrand Le Metayer on lot 961, a filly foal presented by the Haras du Hoguenet. She is the second foal by Saint des Saints out of Mood, a Listed winner and Group 3 placed at Auteuil.
At the end of the session LA SEGNORA (lot 857) was the object of a private sale for €77,500 to BBA Ireland. Presented by the Haras du Lieu des Champs, this exceptional mare has a magnificent race record of eight victories and 15 places over jumps. In 2011 alone the daughter of Turgeon bagged three Group races at Auteuil, namely the Prix du Président de la République (Gr.3), the Grand Prix d’Automne (Gr.1) and 15 days later the Prix Léon Olry-Roederer (Gr.2).
A record 2014 Breeding Stock Sale
For the third consecutive year the Breeding Stock Sale posted record results and generated a record turnover of €27,571,000. Over the four days, 871 mares, fillies and foals went through the ring and 673 of them changed hands representing a satisfactory clearance rate of over 77%. The average reached €40,259, representing an increase of 4.5% compared to 2013, while the median was €17,000 compared to €13,000 in 2013. Throughout the sale, demand proved very sustained from a large panel of buyers over every segment of the bloodstock market.
At the end of the Breeding Stock Sale ARQANA chairman Eric Hoyeau declared: “This is a new record for a sale which had already shown a 32% increase in 2013 compared to the previous year! This session can also boast being the only one of its kind to have posted a pleasing increase in the fillies and mares category in Europe. This success is linked to the strength of the catalogue, which was even stronger this year in spite of the increasingly rare supply of high end mares on the market. We were able to rely on the presence of very good families, which attracted an increasingly international range of buyers coming from all the breeding nations. We are also most satisfied with the activity of French breeders who reinvested in quality mares following a successful sales season. The success of this sale is also a token of recognition for French racing as fillies who were successful in France proved very popular. Finally we also noticed a very sustained foal market, which proved in line with other European sales companies. As with the yearling market this year we were particularly pleased to notice the popularity of offspring by the best stallion standing in France. The Breeding Stock Sale is the crowning glory of an unprecedented year for ARQANA, which has had record turnover figures for practically every sale this year since February. The overall turnover of approximately €120 million is up by nearly 14%. This is the strongest increase posted among any of the three principal sales agencies in Europe. We most sincerely thank everyone involved in the sales who helped us to obtain such spectacular results.”
Statistics for the whole 2014 Breeding Stock Sale
|% Sold||77.27%||81.09%||-3.82 points|
|Turnover (ex private sales)||€27,094,000||€26,430,000|
|Turnover (Inc private sales)||€27,571,000||€27,307,000||+0.97%|
Top 5 lots
|201||BLARNEY STONE||Bois Roussel||Wertheimer & Frère||€725,000|
|204||BEHKARA||Aga Khan Studs||Hugo Lascelles||€700,000|
|175||ZOTILLA||Alain de Royer Dupré||One Agency||€550,000|
|172||VIA MEDICI||Saint Pair||Narvick International||€480,000|
Top 5 buyers
|Wertheimer & Frère||2||€587,500||€1,175,000|
Top 5 vendors
|Aga Khan Studs||30||€100,800||€3,024,000|
|Wertheimer & Frère||17||€74,441||€1,265,500|
Full results are available online at www.arqana.com
Next sale: Mixed Sale, 9-10 February 2015 at Deauville