A share each in Le Havre and Siyouni, France’s almost joint-leading stallions by 2016 earnings, were offered simultaneously on the online auction platform Arqanaonline.com, November 21 to 22.
Six individual bidders attempted to buy the share in Siyouni, which was ultimately knocked down for €340,000 to Gary Hadden, advisor to Craig Bennett’s Merry Fox Stud. The Haras de Bonneval’s flagship sire will cover at a fee of €45,000 next year, on the back of another highly successful season on the track for his progeny, which saw Group wins by VOLTA, SPECTRE, SIYOUSHAKE, FINSBURY SQUARE etc. His yearlings sold for up to €380,000 this year and a filly foal out of the great Wildenstein mare Amerique recently commanded €775,000.
The share in Le Havre, whose stud fee will be €60,000 next year, also attracted interest from six individual bidders and it was Mick Flanagan acting on the China Horse Club who prevailed at €355,000. Earlier this year, the same team acquired two shares in Siyouni via Arqanaonline.com. “We are delighted to strengthen our support to French-based stallions, expressed Flanagan. Le Havre is a sire that has become difficult to access and this will probably be increasingly the case in the future, therefore we were keen to become shareholders and will support him with quality mares.”