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The fourth and final day of the October Yearling Sale saw 20 less horses go through the ring as a year ago, resulting in a turnover of €841,600 against €1,105,500. The average remained almost stable at €13,048 and the clearance rate was a satisfactory 77%.

The highest-priced yearling on the day was a colt by Sageburg (lot 597) from the family of Kaldounevees and Varevees. Offered by Daniel Cherdo’s Haras des Evées, he was knocked down for €38,000 to MAB Agency.


New record figures for October Yearling Sale

The four-day October Yearling Sale posted record-breaking figures across the board. 461 yearlings changed hands, a level never achieved before, representing a clearance rate just short of 80%. The cumulated aggregate took a 25% step up to reach €19,700,100 when it had remained in the €15 million bracket for the past three years. The average price also improved by almost 18% at €42,187 while the median progressed from €25,000 to €30,000 (+20%).

A total of 46 yearlings  sold for €100,000  or more, exactly double the 2015 figure, and 9 exceeded the €200,000 mark (5 in 2015).


French stallions to the fore

The stallion standings were dominated by the leading trio of the French stallion roster in Le Havre, Siyouni and Kendargent. The Haras de la Cauviniere resident saw 23 of his 22 youngsters on offer change hands for a total €1,368,000 and an average price of €62,182, a whopping return on their €7,000 conception fee. Siyouni stood for the exact same price in

2014 and his yearlings offered at the October Sale sold for €70,214 on average, another impressive return. Young sires such as Rajsaman and Style Vendome also performed remarkably and were represented by six-figure yearlings.

Click here for the full stallion standings


Depth and diversity in buying bench

There were plenty of new faces in the buyers’ ranks with international forces such as the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Sun Bloodstock making their first investments at this sale, while regulars  such  as  Al  Shaqab  Racing  and  Jean-Claude  Rouget  once  again  showed  solid support. Most of the yearlings bought at the October Sale will remain in France to be trained, including those secured by several overseas owners such as Prime Equestrian, who led the buyers’  standings  with  10  yearlings  bought  for  €1,148,000,  or  Chinese  business  man Zhiqiang An.

French-based trainers also travelled to Deauville from every corner of France and proved particularly busy, with Jean-Claude Rouget being following by Lyon-based Marc Pimbonnet, Nicolas Clément, Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte, Marseille resident Keven Borgel, etc.

The newly-introduced  October Yearling Sale Criterium, which offers the rare opportunity to have a runner on Arc weekend in a €250,000 race restricted to horses offered at this sale, proved a major attraction on French and international purchasers.

Finally, pinhookers  bought more than 50 yearlings in total and many will aim to return to Deauville next year for the ARQANA Breeze Up Sale, held on the eve of French Guineas weekend.

Click here for the full buyers standings


Newcomers in vendors’ ranks too

While Ecurie des Monceaux topped the vendors’ table for the second year running, several young  consignors  made  their  presence  felt  including  Charles  Briere’s  Fairway Consignement, which topped the second day of the sale with a €200,000 Rajsaman filly, and Benoît Duboc’s Elevage d’Auge, which was represented by a €120,000 Wootton Bassett colt on Thursday.

Click here for the full vendors standings


August, v.2 and October Yearling sales achieve steady gains on 2015

The cumulated aggregate for the August, v.2 and October Yearling Sales is up 3.7% on its 2015   equivalent,   at  €62,765,000   against   €60,533,000,   and   the   clearance   rate   also progresses to 78% with 810 yearlings sold, 30 more than last year.


Eric Hoyeau on October Yearling Sale

Reflecting on the four days of trade, ARQANA President Eric Hoyeau commented: “It is very satisfactory to see this sale take a significant step up, which shows that the right animals attract the right money from buyers. We sold a record number of yearlings this week while the average price also took a big leap so our vendors have been well rewarded  for their efforts. We welcomed some new faces at this sale as well as many faithful supporters from all around France, Europe and beyond. The new October Sale Criterium has clearly captured the buyers’ inspiration, which is a great testimony of the international appeal of the Prix de l’Arc  de Triomphe weekend. More generally, a majority of the horses purchased this week will remain in France to be trained as owners are as keen as ever to take advantage of the attractive prizemoney and premiums on offer in this country.”


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