With the market having proved nothing short of frenetic during the opening session, the second session of the ARQANA Breeding Stock sale saw many underbidders make up for their fruitless attempts and resulted in upbeat figure across the board. The clearance up improved by a spectacular 10 points to 82% while the €5,708,500 turnover was 13% higher than its 2016 counterpart. The average price climbed 4% to €28,543.
The cumulated aggregate for the first two or the four-day sale is already 18% clear of last year’s grand total.
Starspangled foal pays tribute to Moratalla
Under a week after the passing of the Marquesa de Moratalla, who bred and raced stars of the turf such as HOURS AFTER, CORRE CAMINOS, TIN HORSE, CHARGE D’AFFAIRES on the flat and the ‘musketeers’ UBU III, THE FELLOW and UCELLO II over jumps, the session was topped by one of her homebred foals. Pinhooker Peter Morgan made his first visit to Deauville worthwhile when forking out €165,000 for the son of Starspangledbanner (lot 381) consigned by Alban Chevalier du Fau’s ACF Elevage. The bay is out of the Listed-placed TORENTOSA, herself a half-sister to this year’s Derby hero WINGS OF EAGLES who recently returned to his birthplace Haras de Montaigu to stand his first season at stud.
Emerald Bloodstock’s Peter Kelly signed the docket and a delighted Morgan said: “We try to buy one or two every year to resell as yearlings and we have been finding the market very hard this year to it is good to finally get one. He has everything we look for in a foal and we look forward to bringing him back to Carmel Stud”.
On the back of a very positive year for yearling vendors, demand for foals proved insatiable throughout the session. 86% of the 94 youngsters on offer changed hands against 67% a year ago, and they commanded an average price of €29,179, up 5%. 9 weanlings sold for €60,000 or more while they were only 3 to reach this threshold in 2016.
Other notable transactions included a son of the popular Acclamation (lot 321) selling for €75,000 to Paul Nataf from the draft of Haras de Montaigu, a price that was later matched by a colt from the first crop of 2,000 Guineas scorer Night Of Thunder (lot 358) offered by Haras du Buff. The bay from the family of COVERT LOVE and DESIGNS ON ROME was knocked down to Jamie Railton.
Aga Khan filly reaches six figures
The draft of the Aga Khan Studs continued to prove popular headed by SHEMDA (lot 348), a winning filly by Dutch Art, who commanded a round €100,000 from Badgers Bloodstock. The three-year-old is a granddaughter of the Prix de Diane heroine SHEMAKA, whose tremendous record in the breeding shed features the 2017 Gr.1 winner SHAKEEL as well as the talented SHIMRAAN, SHEDIAK, SHEMIMA etc.
International buyers beaten but not defeated
Several buyers who had taken long-haul flights to Deauville only to find themselves in the underbidder seat on the opening session made up for their disappointment on the second day. Japan’s JS Company had the final word at €90,000 for SALASIE (lot 273) from Haras de Maulepaire. The four-year-old daughter of Teofilo is out of a half-sister to the dual Gr.1 winner POWERSCOURT and to KIND, the dam of FRANKEL and three more Stakes winners. Keisuke Onishi indicated that the Wootton Bassett foal she is carrying would be foaled in France and that Salasie would be covered in Europe before heading to Japan.
Early in the session, New-Zealand based Paul Moroney signed at €82,000 for L’ACCLAMATION (lot 265), a five-year-old daughter of Acclamation offered out of training as the winner of three races. Bred by Haras de la Louvière and from the family of CELIMENE, ALTERITE and ASK FOR THE MOON will head to Brent and Cherry Taylor’s Trelawney Stud.
Monday 11 December: 11:00am
Tuesday 12 December: 11:00am (including National Hunt stock)
Results available on www.arqana.com