Yearlings bred for the jumping game provided the highlights of the second day of the Autumn Sale, which saw 124 youngsters sell for an aggregate of €2,165,000, a 9.5% dip from last year and a reflection of the slipping 67% clearance rate, down from 70% in 2015. The average settled at €17,460 (-5%) while the median price remained stable at €11,000.
Colts by Haras d’Etreham’s Saint Des Saints proved in high demand from buyers coming from both sides of the Channel, with two of them selling for six figures including the day’s top price. Overall, his six yearlings to sell averaged €58,533, a hefty return on their €7,000 conception fee. Leading sires Martaline, Blue Bresil and Kapgarde all had at least one offspring above the €50,000 mark.
The market leader (lot 336) was offered by Carlos de Sousa’s Hamel Stud and will join JP McManus’s squad after Hubert Barbe paid €125,000 for the bay. He is the fourth foal out of Monika, a Listed winner over hurdles at Auteuil who has been emulated by her first two runners, MOMITA HAS and MOCALACATO HAS.
20 lots later, Saint Des Saints’ former trainer Guillaume Macaire offered a final bid of €110,000 for a colt (lot 356) out of Playact, a Listed winner and Group performer on the flat who previously produced the leading hurdler PIERROT LUNAIRE, winner of the Gr.2 Top Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree and Eclipse Champion Steeplechaser of 2012 after landing three Grade 1 races in America. The colt was bred and offered by Jean-Claude Campos’s Haras des Brousses.
A bay colt by former Haras de la Croix Sonnet resident Blue Bresil (lot 274) and offered by the same farm was the first to pass the €100,000 mark early in the afternoon when agent Hervé Bunel (Agence FIPS) signed the docket at €115,000 on behalf of the Papot family who will soon complete their fifth consecutive year as leading owners over jumps in France. The colt is a half-brother to the top class jumpers Or Ou Argent and Golden Silver, who between them won four Grade 1 events over hurdles and fences. It is a very current family that also includes the filly Yosille, winner of the Listed Prix Bernard Sécly Hurdle at Auteuil, November 6th.
The sale continues tomorrow at 1:00pm
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