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.
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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.
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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.
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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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