The 2015 August Yearling Sale will take place in Deauville from Saturday 15 to Monday 17 August, centred around the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard-Jacques Le Marois weekend, featuring the best race in the world over a mile. This first rendezvous of the year dedicated to yearlings will be followed on Tuesday 18 August by the third renewal of the v.2 Yearling Sale, which will have a very distinctive catalogue of 137 yearlings selected for their precocious conformation and pedigree. The catalogue for the August Yearling Sale, which is available at www.arqana.com, includes 374 hand-picked yearlings which will go through the ring according to the following programme:
– Part 1 regroups the Saturday and Sunday sessions with 94 lots catalogued each day and with each session beginning at 5pm.
– Part 2, which is made up of 186 lots will begin on Monday at 1pm.
The Deauville Yearling Sales are an excellent source of winners at the highest level. In the last four years, yearlings which have paraded through the Elie de Brignac sales complex have won no less than 29 Group 1 races including six Classic races. Chief among these are the dual Classic winner AVENIR CERTAIN, the exceptional THE GREY GATSBY, who defeated Australia in the Irish Champion Stakes (Gr.1) and was a recent second in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Gr.1) as well as the champion racemare TREVE, who is bidding for an historic treble in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr.1).
The first FRANKEL yearlings on offer this summer at Deauville
A major attraction of this sale, the August Yearling Sale, will be the very first yearlings by the phenomenal FRANKEL to be available for sale. Having gone to stud in 2013, the son of Galileo was unbeaten in 14 starts including no less than 10 at Group 1 level.
Six yearlings from his first crop feature in Part 1 of the catalogue including:
– Lot 159, presented by the Haras des Capucines, is a half sister to six time Group 1 winner STACELITA.
– Lot 165, presented by the Haras du Mézeray, is a half brother to two Group winners including NAAQOOS, winner of the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (Gr.1).
Écurie des Monceaux will offer four Frankel foals. Lot 127 is a half sister to Group 3 winner PACIFIQUE, and to PRUDENZIA, dam of Classic winner CHICQUITA. Lot 41 is a colt out of the Sun Chariot Stakes winner DANCEABOUT, and also a half-brother to the Listed winner RAINBOW DANCING. Lot 117 is a son of dual Group 3 winner NOELANI, herself a sister to the speedy NAMID, and lot 125, who is closely related to the Group 1 winners SAGAMIX and SAGACITY.
Representatives of the most sought after stallions
The catalogue is particularly rich in yearlings by stallions which are hard to find at public auction such as DUBAWI, GALILEO and SHAMARDAL, as well as yearlings by all the most proven stallion such as CAPE CROSS, DALAKHANI, DANEHILL DANCER, DUTCH ART, EXCEED AND EXCEL, HIGH CHAPARRAL, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, LAWMAN, MAKFI, MASTERCRAFTSMAN, NEW APPROACH, OASIS DREAM, PIVOTAL, ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, SEA THE STARS, TEOFILO and ZAMINDAR.
The first yearlings by Australian leading sire REDOUTE’S CHOICE, from his first year standing at the Haras de Bonneval, will spark strong interest from both French and international buyers. The best stallion son of Danehill was crowned champion sire in Australia for the third time at the end of the 2013/2014 season. He is the sire of 27 Group 1 winners to date including champion sprinter Lankan Rupee, and is already proving an excellent sire of sires. REDOUTE’S CHOICE has only has a handful of runners to date in Europe but three of those have already managed to acquire black type such as ELZAAM, who won a Listed race and finished second in the Coventry Stakes (Gr.2), ahead of the excellent ZOFFANY.
This session is also teaming with yearlings by young exciting young stallions such as EXCELEBRATION, HELMET, LOPE DE VEGA, NATHANIEL, SEPOY, RIP VAN WINKLE, SO YOU THINK and ZOFFANY, who had three winners at Royal Ascot this year. The three very popular French stallions KENDARGENT, LE HAVRE and SIYOUNI will also be well represented.
Exceptional yearlings from some of the best European families
Standouts among the most attractive pedigrees in the catalogue include:
ARQANA Chairman Eric Hoyeau commented on the 2015 August Yearling Sale: «We are excited at the prospect of presenting the very first yearlings by Frankel for sale, as well as the first yearlings by Redoute’s Choice from his stay at the Haras de Bonneval. The most popular proven stallions on the market as well as exciting at first crop stallions are also well represented, including flagbearers for French breeding Kendargent, Le Havre and Siyouni. The August Sale’s reputation is growing from year to year from an international perspective thanks to the unique cocktail on offer: yearlings of the highest quality, a festive and convivial atmosphere, and an ideal date at the heart of some of the racing calendar’s most prestigious weekends. The sales complex has benefited from further improvements in a bid to maximise the comfort of all our clients. We are now very much looking forward to seeing buyers from all over the world at Deauville. »
Catalogue online at:
and coming out soon on the iPad app Equineline