The second and final day of the 2017 Summer Sale, comprising fillies, broodmares and horses in training, returned results slightly down from a year ago, with turnover slipping 9% to €4,209,100 and average price down €24% to €29,681 yet the overall figures remain the second-highest in the history of the mixed sale. The cumulated aggregate reaches €7,197,100, virtually identical to the 2016 total, and breaks the €7 million level only for the second time. The clearance rate is up 3 points to 75.44% while the 30 extra horses sold bring the average price marginally down to €27,896.
Meridian secures Stakes producer SAILOR MOON for €280K
A breeding stock section was added to the Summer Sale last year and once again brought very satisfactory results with the 52 fillies and mares to change hands grossing €1,152,800 at an average price of €22,169. The section also provided the day’s highest price in the ten-year-old mare SAILOR MOON (lot 199), for which Ghislain Bozo of Meridian International signed the docket at €280,000 alongside his brother Henri. The daughter of Tiger Hill was one of the star acts of the catalogue as the dam of two Stakes winners. Her first foal was the L. Prix Solitude scorer STONE ROSES, who sold for the exact same amount at last year’s December Breeding Stock sale, and her third is the Siyouni colt STRAIGHT RIGHT, the cosy winner of the Prix de la Californie L. earlier this year and 3rd in the Gr.3 Prix Texanita last month. She also has a foal and yearling both by Dabirsim and was offered by Haras du Petit Tellier carrying to Olympic Glory.
Herself a winner at two, Sailor Moon is out of the L. Prix Yacowlef scorer SERALIA, of which the Gr.1 winner in Australia CONTRIBUTER and Stakes winners GLORY POWER, SOTTEVILLE etc. are all descended.
“She is for Ecurie des Monceaux and partners”, explained Henri Bozo. “I am very fond of this beautiful and very current family developed by Haras de la Louvière. We normally try to buy slightly younger mares but this one has a rare profile as a Stakes producer with great upside – Straight Right could win a Group race this year and the Dabirsims might be good as well! She will go back to Siyouni next year”.
Dam of multiple Graded winner FRODON commands €135K
Earlier in the session, lot 172 MISS COUNTRY proved the dearest of the National Hunt breeding stock. The ten-year-old was a very rare proposition in a public sales ring as a winner over jumps, half-sister to a Grade 1 performer in SAINT PISTOL and with the dual Grade 2-winning Novice chaser FRODON as her first foal. Pierre Boulard, seating alongside Harold Kirk, was determined not to let her get away and went to €135,000 for the Elevage de Guerre offering, who boasted a Kapgarde cover on top of her many assets.
“She’s been bought for a British client who has several horses in training”, commented Boulard. “She is from a very current family with Frodon reaching his top level earlier this year and Saint Pistol also a Group winner at Auteuil this year. This appealed to us. Mares like this are very hard to come by”.
€270K LORD GLITTERS to follow in Mondialiste’s footsteps
The day continued with the horses in training, for which trade proved active throughout the afternoon with 80% changing hands for a cumulated €3,056,300 and an average price of €29,388.
The section was topped by LORD GLITTERS (lot 357), offered by Brittany-based trainer Christophe Lotoux. The four-year-old son of Whipper has done nothing wrong since his debut at the provincial track of Morlaix back in April 2016, winning four of his nine starts and finishing in the money on all other occasions. He ran second in the L. Grand Prix du Lion d’Angers at three and won both his starts so far in 2017, beating competitive fields at Chantilly and Saint-Cloud over a mile.
Bids fired from all around the sales ring until Willie Mullins, Nicolas de Watrigant and David O’Meara were left to do battle and it was the latter who prevailed at €270,000 alongside Middleham Park Racing’s Jason Kelly. O’Meara signed the docket on behalf of Kelly and Geoff Turnbull’s Elwick Stud. The Yorkshire-based trainer and the ebullient Turnbull will be hoping for a repeat scenario of MONDIALISTE, who topped this sale three years ago at €190,000 on a bid from David Powell’s EURL du Chêne and went on to take the Gr.1 Arlington Million and Woodbine International.
“He is a very consistent horse, I liked his form and liked him as an individual,” said O’Meara. “The Turnbulls have been lucky with this sale and we will be aiming for an international campaign with him”.
Margaret O’Toole secures unbeaten DORTMUND PARK for €230K
The four-year-old AQPS gelding DORTMUND PARK (lot 400) was one of 13 Wild Card entries in the Summer Sale and commanded €230,000 from Margaret O’Toole. The Fabrice Foucher trainee is unbeaten in two starts on the flat to date, including an impressive display in the Grand Prix des AQPS at Nantes over a mile and a half. With a physique to match his form, the son of Great Pretender raised a lot of hands and Margaret O’Toole had to offer a final bid of €230,000 to outbid Harold Kirk and Pierre Boulard.
€200K Novice hurdler DIEG MAN to race in McManus colours
Yannick Fouin’s four-year-old DIEG MAN (lot 387) lost his maiden tag in timely fashion, scoring over the Auteuil hurdles June 14 on his sixth outing. He remains a Novice in both disciplines and his progressive form combined with his handsome looks appealed to several buyers on attendance with Hubert Barbe finally prevailing at €200,000.
“He is a beautiful horse who has progressed with every race and looks like he still has some room for improvement”, said Barbe. “He was conditioned by Yannick Fouin, off whom we have bought a number of top class horses so we know we can trust him. He will make a nice chaser in the future”.
Half-brother to AS DE MEE makes €190K for Mullins team
DEFY DE MEE (lot 370) came through the ring as a half-brother to the Gr.1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase runner-up AS DE MEE and the winner of his latest start, over 2300 metres on the flat. Willie Mullins went to €190,000 for the Jerry Planque trainee and commented “He is a half-brother to a very good horse and has enough size and scope. I am very happy with the price”.
Eric Hoyeau reflected on the two days of trade: “The figures are very consistent with last year and with the quality of the catalogue. All the right people were here and there was solid demand for the quality offerings, whether they were breeze up two-year-olds, stores, mares or horses in training.”
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