The February Mixed Sale will take place on February 9th-10th in the Salle Elie de Brignac in Deauville. This session is positioned in the wake of the December Breeding Stock sale, which in 2014 posted new records headed by an 80% clearance rate and €28 million aggregate, reflecting strong international demand as well as a solid domestic market. The February Mixed Sale has progressively asserted itself as the inaugural, not-to-be-missed event of the season in Normandy.
The achievements of the likes of Russian Soul (Gr.3 Al Shindagha Sprint) or Bubble Chic (Gr.3 The Queen Mother Memorial Cup) on the flat, as well as Champ de Bataille (Gr.3 Prix Général de Saint-Didier) and Medinas (Gr.2 Long Distance Hurdle) over jumps, have provided evidence of the diversity and quality on offer at this sale. Some awesome pinhookings have also taken their source at the February Mixed Sale – last year, a short yearling by Le Havre was snapped up for a mere €9,000 by trainer Yann Barberot, only to be reoffered in the same ring seven months later, where he fetched €135,000.
This year, a total of 395 horses are set to go through the ring, comprising 70 horses in training, 171 mares in foal, 28 two-year-olds, 68 maiden mares and 58 short yearlings. The various sections will be split over the two days of selling, with the exception of the horses in training who will be grouped on the first day.
Horses in Training
This session will take place on Monday 9th February, starting from 1:00pm, with a diversified offer of performers aged three and over. They are headed by the Listed scorer CORNWALLVILLE (lot 174, from the Chantilly yard of Francis-Henri Graffard), and the black type Le Havre filly LA GOHANNIERE (lot 152, trained in Pau by François Rohaut). Other lots of note include VANGAUG (lot 74, from Henri-Alex Pantall), a three-year-old son of Gentlewave who boasts one win and one place from three outings; and FRENCH PAINTER (lot 94, from the yard of Rodolphe Collet), a Sea The Stars half-brother to the Gr.1 Dewhurst Stakes hero Belardo.
One of the highlights among the NH prospects is likely to be DIYOUDAR (lot 100, from the yard of Rodolphe Collet), a four-year-old Elusive City half-brother to the multiple Grade 1 scorer over jumps Diakali.
Mares in foal
The catalogue comprises 171 mares in foal, including some carrying to the leading French trio made up of Kendargent, Siyouni and Le Havre, as well as to leading or up-and-coming flat sires such as Choisir, Dabirsim, Elusive City, Equiano, Evasive, Havana Gold, Intello, Kentucky Dynamite, Kodiac, Makfi, Manduro, Maxios, Motivator, Myboycharlie, Penny’s Picnic, Planteur, Pour Moi, Rajsaman, Redoute’s Choice, So You Think, Style Vendôme, Zoffany etc. There is also a strong draft of NH-bred mares, in foal to the likes of Blue Bresil, Dream Well, Irish Wells, Lord du Sud, Martaline, No Risk At All and French champion NH sire Saint des Saints.
The highlights among the flat-bred mares are the fast AIBOA (lot 75 from Haras du Cadran), who was placed in the Grs.3 Prix Miesque and Prix de Ris-Orangis and is offered in foal to So You Think; Italian Gr.3 place-getter and Listed scorer ONLYYOUKNOWME, carrying to Slickly (lot 65 from Haras du Cadran); SCULPTED (lot 149 consigned by EARL de la Gisloterie), who was placed in the Gr.3 Prix Quincey; German Listed winner AMAZING BEAUTY (lot 189 consigned by Gestut Ohlerweiherhof as agent), in foal to Manduro; and dual American Listed heroine HOOSICK FALLS (lot 165 from Haras des Faunes).
Several close relations to Gr.1 winners will be on offer in Deauville, including CHINESE EVERGREEN (lot 123, consigned by Haras du Berlais in foal to Irish Wells), a full sister to Gr.1 Prix du Cadran hero Bannaby; REPRESENTERA (lot 311 from Ecurie des Monceaux, in foal to Havana Gold), a Lomitas half-sister to the Gr.1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains victor Tin Horse; and FASTGOLDENGOSCHI (lot 275, consigned by Haras du Grand Lys, in foal to Ramonti), a half-sister to the Gr.1 Preis der Diana heroine Feodora. Haras de Grandcamp will offer the only two mares in foal to champion sire Redoute’s Choice in the catalogue, namely lots 133 and 214. The former is VADAZING, a half-sister to the Gr.1 Prix St Alary winning pair Vazira and Vadawina, while the latter is GAROTA DA IPANEMA, a daughter of Belle du Brésil, who has produced several black type performers. Lot 157 WALDBLUME, from the draft of La Motteraye Consignment, is a half-sister to the Gr.1 Deutsches Derby winner and new stallion Waldpark, She is offered in foal to Makfi. Another lot of note is lot 245 LETTRE INTIME, consigned by Haras du Hoguenet, a daughter of Invincible Spirit hailing from a family replete with black type, including Diamond Mix, Diamond Dance and Diasilixa, the dam of Champion 4YO Hurdle scorer Diakali.
There are also some stellar pedigrees for the jumping game, headed by BUCK’S BEAUTY (lot 220, consigned by Haras de la Londe), a half-sister to the ten-time Gr.1 scorer Big Buck’s; PRINCESSE WINNER (lot 167, offered by Elevage des Trois Rivières, in foal to Saint des Saints), an Astarabad half-sister to The Saint James, who fetched €320,000 at last year’s Autumn Sale before running 2nd in the Gr.2 Prix Congress (Gr.2); and MUANCE (lot 143 from Haras du Hoguenet, in foal to Saint des Saints), a full sister to dual Grade 1-winning hurdler Grandouet.
Short yearlings and two-year-olds
86 yearlings and two-year-olds will go through the Deauville sales ring, including youngsters by the exciting flat sires Air Chief Marshal, Holy Roman Emperor, Kendargent, Motivator, Myboycharlie, Rajsaman, Slickly, Teofilo or US Ranger, as well as NH stallions Balko, Blue Bresil, Great Pretender, Irish Wells, Kapgarde, Martaline, Saint des Saints and Sholokhov. Pedigrees of note include that of lot 169, consigned by Haras de Grandcamp, a Saint des Saints half-brother to the aforementioned The Saint James and lot 61, SOLARIZO (from Haras de la Croix Sonnet) a Kendargent half-brother to the Listed-placed over jumps Astrador and Solariza.
February Mixed Sale – Deauville
Monday 9th February from 1:00pm
Tuesday 10th February from 11:00am
Catalogue online at www.arqana.com