The positive trend observed over the first two sessions of the Breeding Stock sale rolled on to day three, which saw 201 horses sell for €1,914,500, a 10% gain on last year’s corresponding session. The clearance rate of 74% also showed improvement from 2016 while the average price rose 7% to €9,525.
While Tuesday traditionally plays host to the session specifically tailored for the National Hunt market, several buyers already made their presence felt today headed by leading breeder Benoît Gabeur who secured the highest-priced lot. Hervé Bunel of Agence FIPS signed the docket on his behalf at €82,000 for ZAIDIYNA (lot 694), a seven-year old daughter of Azamour out of the Prix de Diane heroine ZAINTA, offered by the Aga Khan Studs. While Zainta excelled on the flat, she has proved an outstanding producer for the jumping game with ZAIDPOUR and ZAYNAR both winning at the highest level over hurdles, and her half-brother ZAIYAD also became an outstanding hurdler who won three Grade 1 events at Auteuil. Zaidiyna herself has already foaled a bumper winner and her new connections confirmed that she would now be bred to jump sires.
Geoffrey Howson and Matthew Houldsworth also made their presence felt on day three, notably securing SAPORE DI ROMA (lot 577), a young mare in foal to Wootton Bassett, for €46,000. The daughter of Danehill Dancer was consigned by Haras des Marais and hails from the family of Falmouth Stakes winner RONDA, Gr.3 Prix du Calvados scorer PURR ALONG and the great MILL REEF.
The progeny of Haras de Grandcamp’s Dabirsim continued to attract sustained interest and a filly foal (lot 669) by the son of Hat Trick commanded a final bid of €46,000 from Meryl de Watrigant’s Armenic Bloodstock. Also offered by Haras de Grandcamp, she is out of a half-sister to the dual Gr.3 winner PANIS.
Tuesday 12 December: 11:00am (including National Hunt stock)