The V.2 Yearling Sale saw some rock-solid trade from start to finish, a feature best illustrated by the 83% clearance rate and virtually stable average price of €39,088, despite 21 horses more being sold than in 2016. The aggregate for the one-day event was €4,221,500, up 22% from the previous year.
Four yearlings reached the six-figure barrier, headed by a son of Haras de Bonneval’s Siyouni (lot 401), who was hammered down to trainer Stephane Wattel for €110,000.
The Deauville-based professional boasts an impeccable strike rate with sons of Siyouni – of the three he has trained so far, one is a Group-placed three-year-old, the other won last week on his two-year-old debut and the third ran an eye-catching 3rd first time out, 10 minutes before the start of today’s sale. Understandably, he was keen to take home a half-brother to the Gr.3-winning juvenile PEARL FLUTE and Listed victrix SECRET PURSUIT who was offered by Jedburgh Stud. “The colt was offered to dissolve a partnership and John Corbani has bought out his partner Alec Waugh,” explained Wattel. “We have been very lucky with Siyouni and this fellow has always been very straightforward. He has done very well over the past few weeks and we are pretty excited about him.”
The first yearling to reach six figures was a dark bay son of champion juvenile and leading first season sire Dabirsim (lot 371) who went the way of Powerstown Stud’s Tom Whitehead for €100,000. From the draft of Haras des Capucines, he is the second foal out of a half-sister to the Gr.3 victrix HAPSBURG. The pinhooker commented: “He will hopefully come back here in the spring. Dabirsim is a most exciting sire and we’ve already been lucky with him so we’ll just hope it continues.”
A Makfi filly offered by Eric Puerari and Michel Zerolo’s Haras des Capucines (lot 432) benefited from a significant update when her two-year-old half-sister ZONZA, unbeaten in two starts when the catalogue was printed, took the Gr.3 Prix du Bois in fine style and went on to run 4th in the Gr.1 Prix Morny just 48 hours before the sale. Her year-younger half-sister wasn’t short of admirers and eventually attracted a bid of €100,000 from Paul Basquin of Haras du Saubouas. “She is very racy filly who uses herself very well and obviously her dam seems to be a good breeder”, said Basquin. “Makfi is another asset. Her future is still undecided, I will take her home and make plans.”
Thierry Gillier, the founder of fashion brand Zadig & Voltaire and a new investor in the thoroughbred industry, topped up his shopping list with the purchase of a daughter of Myboycharlie (lot 451) for €100,000 via Marc-Antoine Berghgracht’s MAB Agency. The bay is a half-sister to the Gr.3 Prix des Réservoirs scorer ESPIRITA and has the great REPROCOLOR as her third dam, hence counting the likes of COLORSPIN, ZEE ZEE TOP and STAGECRAFT on her page. Gillier is putting together a future broodmare band to be based at his Haras Voltaire, located on the outskirts of Deauville, and bought three fillies by Shamardal, Invincible Spirit and Charm Spirit for a total of €850,000 at the August Yearling Sale. “She has everything we have been looking for and is by a sire we like,” explained Berghgracht. “She hails from a fabulous family which is important for Mr. Gillier’s future breeding operation.”
At the close of proceedings, ARQANA CEO Eric Hoyeau reflected on the day’s trade: “This sale was an original concept that has perfectly come to fruition. It focuses on precocious types, a specificity that has absolutely hit home with vendors and buyers alike. Some breeders have this sale in mind from an early stage and the many juvenile successes registered by the likes of OLMEDO, CLEM FANDANGO, MANAHA, FAKIR BERE, MAMBA NOIRE etc. prove that the V.2 just does what it says on the tin. It is a great thrill when such virtuous circles occur and I would like to thank all our vendors and buyers for their support.”
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