On Saturday 9 May from 2pm, the Boussac ring at Saint-Cloud racecourse will be the venue for the 2015 ARQANA Breeze Up. The breezes themselves will take place on the eve of the sale on Friday 8 May from 10am on the racecourse’s turf track. The catalogue, which is available at www.arqana.com, offers an elite selection of 134 two year olds including 91 which carry the ‘FR’ suffix or are assimilated as such.
Organised on the eve of the Abu Dhabi Poules d’Essai des Poulains and Pouliches (Gr.1), this sale is the only one in Europe to have produced two Classic winners in the last three years. Indeed, the ARQANA Breeze Up Sale was responsible for the exceptional The Grey Gatsby who turned the Prix du Jockey Club (Gr.1) into a procession when winning it by three lengths last June, before defeating Australia in the Irish Champion Stakes (Gr.1) just a few months later. Following a very successful year, The Grey Gatsby was rated highest three-year-old in the world according to the Longines World Rankings. This sale also produced the Classic winner Lucayan, who won the Poule d’Essai des Poulains (Gr.1) in 2012. Amongst the numerous other winning graduates of the Breeze Up, standouts include Mshawish, who won the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (Gr.1) last month as well as the Fort Lauderdale Stakes (Gr.2), thereby offering a first American Grade 1 winner to the Al Shaqab Racing operation. This son of Medaglia d’Oro could line up for the Dubai Turf (Gr.1) on 28 March this year. Another successful horse to have emerged from the Breeze Up is Palang, a son of Hat Trick who finished second in the Critérium de Saint-Cloud (Gr.1) in 2014. The Breeze Up also numbers numerous classic hopes for the 2015 season such as Zvarkhova and Kencharova who are both entered in the Prix de Diane Longines (Gr.1) as well as High Dynamite who has just finished second in the Prix Maurice Caillault (L.). High Dynamite is entered in the Prix du Jockey Club and the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Gr.1). Other exciting graduates of the 2014 sale include Yeenaan, a son of Rip Van Winkle trained by Marco Botti who is entered in the Chantilly Classic and made a strong impression when running out the classy winner of his last two starts, as well as Karar, a son of Invincible Spirit who totally dominated his maiden race on 19 March this year at Saint-Cloud.
Some extremely attractive profiles consigned by the most successful professionals
The catalogue is made up of 134 very well bred two-year-olds, which have been prepared by the best consignors in Europe.
The Channel Consignment will offer a contingent of 16 particularly well bred two-year-olds, including lot 126, a son of super sire Sea The Stars out of Stunning, who was placed in the Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte (Gr.2), lot 79, an Invincible Spirit half-brother to Prince Fasliyev, triple Listed winner as well as lot 23, a Kitten’s Joy half-sister to Bold Union, a Grade 3 winner in the USA. Jamie Railton and Alban Chevalier Du Fau will also present lot 15, one of the last offspring by the great Monsun to go through the ring and lot 98, a son of Siyouni who was bought at the 2014 October yearling sale when consigned by the Haras de Colleville.
Leading consignor at the 2014 Breeze Up, Irishman Willie Brown (Mocklershill) will make the trip with 14 two-year-olds. Standouts among these include lot 124, a Siyouni half brother to Group performer Myasun, lot 86, a half brother by the highly sought after Giant’s Causeway to Poupée Flash, who was placed several times at Group level as well as lot 2, a son of Canford Cliffs and the first foal out of a daughter of Montjeu, herself a half-sister to Ice Queen who finished second in the Irish Oaks (Gr.1).
Brendan Holland (Grove Stud) who most notably consigned the exceptional The Grey Gastby at last year’s sale, will go to Saint-Cloud with 13 of his best two-year-olds. As such, he will consign lot 59, a son of Galileo out of Kamarinskaya, who won the 1000 Guineas Trial Stakes (Gr.3) and lot 132, an Oasis Dream half-brother to Maids Causeway, who is none other than a Coronation Stakes (Gr.1) winner. Added to these two are a number of well bred two-year-olds by Distorted Humor, Equiano, Holy Roman Emperor, Invincible Spirit, Kendargent, Lope de Vega, Rock of Gibraltar and Zoffany. Ecurie Philip Prévost-Baratte who prepped and consigned Classic winner Lucayan will send out a contingent of 11 two-year-olds including standout lots such as lot 7, a Diktat half-brother to the promising Listed winner Wag’n Tail, who is entered in the Abu Dhabi Poule d’Essai des Poulains (Gr.1), lot 8, a Myboycharlie half-brother to the Group winners Stellar Path and Weary (ex Sir Patrick Moore), as well as lot 19, a Rip Van Winkle half-sister to Don’t Hurry Me, winner of the Prix Pénélope (Gr.3).
Among the two-year-olds presented by Paul Basquin, at the helm of Haras du Saubouas, standouts include lots 30 and 134. The first mentioned is a daughter of Siyouni, who was bought at the latest v.2 Yearling Sale and is from the family of Sarafan, Grade 1 winner in the US. The second is a son of the French stallion Kendargent out of Vital Body who has finished placed three times at Listed level.
Con Marmane (Bansha House Stables) will come over with 11 two-year-olds including lot 123, a Dream Ahead (whose first crop are two this year) half brother to the champion racemare Sahpresa, who won the Sun Chariot Stakes (Gr.1) a phenomenal three times as well as lot 6, a daughter of Le Havre from the rich in black type family of Angelina Ballerina.
Among the better pedigrees, standout also include lot 9 (presented by Gaybrook Lodge Stud), a result of the mating between New Approach and Anabaa’s Creation, who was placed several times at Group 1, lot 27 (presented by Meadowview Stables), a son of Smart Strike out of Cable who was placed three times in Grade 3 races in the US, as well as lot 54 (presented by Yeomanstown Stud), a Medaglia d’Oro half-brother to Morning Line who lifted the Carter Handicap (Gr.1) at Aqueduct racetrack, having already been placed several times at this level. Let’s also mention lot 92 (presented by Sherbourne Lodge Stables), a Lope de Vega half brother to New Girlfriend, who won the Prix Robert Papin (Gr.2) and lot 111 (presented by Brown Island Stables), a daughter of Street Cry out of Real Fancy Runner who was placed in the La Habra Stakes (Gr.3) at Santa Anita. Mick Murphy (Longways Stables) will consign lot 80, a daughter of Champs Elysées with a fine pedigree, his grand dam having produced Kind, who is none other than the dam of superstar Frankel, winner of 10 Group 1s. Larissa Kneip, who is at the head of the Haras de Saint-Arnoult will send out a draft of four horses including the full brother to Solario Stakes (Gr.3) winner Talwar. He will go through the ring as lot 87.
Horses by the most talented stallions
The catalogue includes numerous horses by proven stallions such as Acclamation, Arch, Diktat, Distorted Humor, Dutch Art, Elusive City, Elusive Quality, Exceed and Excel, Galileo, Giant’s Causeway, High Chaparral, Invincible Spirit, Kodiac, Lawman, Medaglia d’Oro, Monsun, Motivator, New Approach, Oasis Dream, Pivotal, Rock of Gibraltar, Sea The Stars, Smart Strike and Street Cry. The sale also includes stock by exciting young stallions such as Canford Cliffs, Dark Angel, Dream Ahead, Equiano, Makfi, Mastercraftsman, Lope de Vega, Pour Moi, Rip Van Winkle, Teofilo and two-year-olds by three very popular French stallions Kendargent (5), Le Havre (4) and Siyouni (12).
2015 ARQANA BREEZE UP SALE
Breezes on Friday 8 May at 10am / sale on Saturday 9 May at 2pm / Saint-Cloud
Catalogue online at www.arqana.com