The curtain-raiser for the 2015 sales season saw 127 of the 176 horses on offer change hands (a clearance rate in excess of 72%) for an average price marginally above €7,000. Following on an outstanding 2014 renewal, and for its first-ever two-day format, the February Mixed Sale returned to its level of 2013. The aggregate for day 1 reached €895,500.
The sale attracted buyers from a vast range of countries, including Germany, Spain, the UK, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, the Czech Republic, Tunisia, Turkey and Morocco.
Top billing for the day was achieved by VANGAUG (lot 74), a three-year-old colt by Gentlewave for which Andriy Ostapchuk went to €70,000. The Henri-Alex Pantall trainee has one win in a provincial maiden and one place from three outings. The founder of Imperial Bloodstock indicated that he was acting on behalf of an existing owner with Pia Brandt, and that Vangaug would join her Chantilly-based yard.
Pierre Boulard had to bid up to €47,000 to secure WALDBLUME (lot 157), a half-sister to Deutsches Derby (Gr.1) hero Waldpark, as well as to Waldmark, the dam of St Leger (Gr.1) winner Masked Marvel – both horses have taken up stud duties in France this season. Waldblume was from the draft of La Motteraye Consignment and offered in foal to Makfi. The agent explained that he had bought her on behalf of Heike Bischoff, owner of Gestüt Görlsdorf, for whom he trained in Germany back in the 1990s. Waldblume will now head to Germany and represents a likely mating for Mrs. Bischoff’s Deutsches Derby (Gr.1) hero Sea The Moon.
Earlier in the day, the hammer fell at €46,000 for Enough Paint (lot 124) in favour of Marco Bozzi, who was accompanied by Italian-born, Maisons-Laffitte-based trainer Gianluca Bietolini. The well-bred daughter of New Approach won over 1200m at Deauville and was placed on five occasions from seven outings.
South-Western breeders Mathieu Daguzan-Garros and Francis Montauban teamed up to acquire lot 167 PRINCESSE WINNER, a half-sister by Astarabad to the smart The Saint James, runner-up in the Prix Congress (Gr.2) in 2014. The mare was offered by Elevage des Trois Rivières, in foal to leading jump sire Saint des Saints, and will head for Daguzan-Garros’s Haras des Granges.
Guy Petit was particularly busy on day 1, signing for 14 lots for a total €144,500. Top of his shopping list was MUANCE (lot 143), a full-sister to the dual Group 1 winner over jumps Grandouet, carrying to Saint des Saints. Consigned by Haras du Hoguenet, she commanded €30,000.
The February Mixed Sale continues tomorrow from 11:00am
Catalogue and results available online at www.arqana.com