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A selection of horses in training all entered via the Wild Card entry system

With the 2016 season barely under way, ARQANA is delighted to announce the creation of a brand new sale. To be held alongside the Breeze Up Sale, the 100% Wild Card Sale will offer a select draft of high class horses in training both on the flat and over jumps. Every horse will be entered via the Wild Card entry system and will be included in a separate catalogue with individual promotion.

The power of attraction of a unique event in Deauville

Due to the redevelopment works of the New Longchamp, the ARQANA Breeze Up Sale and the Poules d’Essai will take place for the very first time in Deauville, at the heart of the extended Pentecost bank holiday weekend. This unique event will have unprecedented potential for international appeal, with two prestigious race meetings on the Deauville-La Touques racecourse, including three Group 1s. The Poule d’Essai des Poulains and Poule d’Essai des Pouliches on Sunday 15 May, as well as the Gr.2 Prix Hocquart and the Gr.1 PA Coupe d’Europe des Chevaux Arabes. The following day, Monday 16 May, will feature the Gr.1 Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary and the Gr.3 Prix de Saint-Georges. Numerous French and foreign owners and industry professionals will make the journey to enjoy these three days of sale, prestigious racing and festivities in a setting which they are particularly fond of.

Wild Cards: an excellent means of promotion

Since its creation in 2010, the Wild Card entry system has proved very effective and has shown itself to be an excellent way to maximise the value of a horse. As such,

  • 87 horses have been sold thanks to this system;
  • 32 horses have changed hands for €200,000 or more;
  • 10 have made more than €400,000;
  • A 3-year-old Group 1 placed filly was sold for €900,000;
  • An unbeaten 2-year-old colt in two starts made €700,000;
  • A 3-year-old Listed winning and Group 3 placed filly entered the following day in the Gr.1 Qatar Prix de la Forêt was sold for €600,000.

Nominations to this 100% Wild Card Sale are aimed at high-class horses in training both on the flat and over jumps and entries will be open until Wednesday 4 May. Just like the Arc Sale, any horse declared in a Group race over the weekend will be able to run in the colours of his new owner the very next day.

To enter your horse in training, please contact Freddy Powell on +44 (0)750 783 25 82.

Eric Hoyeau, Chairman of ARQANA commented:

« We are very excited at the prospect of this new sale, based on a scheme that has been fervently endorsed by vendors for its capacity to enhance the value of smart performers, whether on the flat or over jumps. The 100% Wild Card Sale will act as an outstanding showcase for horses in training with the potential to compete at a high level, in Europe or further afield. And the combination of a top class weekend of racing in Deauville with two quality sales will undoubtedly attract a large cross section of international buyers. » 



The 100% Wild Card Sale
Deauville – Saturday 14 May after the Breeze Up Sale.
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