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The inaugural edition of the boutique National Hunt auction ‘The Auteuil Sale’, held after racing at France’s flagship jumps racecourse, returned pleasing figures with 8 horses selling for a gross €1,160,000 and an average price of €145,000.

Trade was topped by an imposing son of the recently deceased Vision d’Etat, VISION D’HONNEUR (lot 5), who walked into the ring as the winner of his only start in a bumper at Fontainebleau. The charge of Robert Collet attracted bids from all around the Auteuil winner circle and Margaret O’Toole had to fork out €350,000 to sceal the deal on behalf of Gordon Eliott. The trainer was on attendance alongside Nicky Bertrand de Balanda, who commented: “He is a gorgeous stamp of a horse who won very well on his sole start. I came to see him three weeks ago and was very impressed by him, then Gordon and Eddie saw him this morning and instantly fell in love with him. We think he can develop into a very good horse.”

€180,000 CARIBEAN BOY Seven Barrows-bound

François-Marie Cottin’s CARIBEAN BOY (lot 3) is set to cross the Channel and head to Nicky Henderson’s yard after selling to Highflyer Bloodstock for €180,000. The son of Myboycharlie from the family of top-class stayers CANDARLIYA and CANESSAR ran 2nd in the L. Prix de Marsan last time out, only finding LOU BUCK’S too good. The latter ran a good 4th in the Gr.1 Prix Alain du Breil earlier this afternoon. “He looks a lovely, big chasing horse who will be aimed at the novice races over fences”, said Anthony Bromley. “He’s been bought for a client of Nicky Henderson’s. His form was franked this afternoon with Lou Buck’s running very well in the Group 1 and I hope he continues to improve.”

Delta Work’s brother ELWOOD bought by same connections for €170K

Gordon Elliott’s charges carrying the Gigginstown House Stud colours include DELTA WORK, the winner of the Gr.3 Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham and runner-up in the Gr.1 Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle at Punchestown last month. The Co. Meath trainer is set to receive delivery of his year-younger half-brother, ELWOOD (lot 14), after Margaret O’Toole signed the docket at €170,000 for the son of Martaline. Offered by his trainer Emmanuel Clayeux, who also used to train Delta Work, the four-year-old opened his account over hurdles at Moulins, April 29. “Gordon already has his half-brother who is turning into a top-class horse”, commented Nicky Bertran de Balanda, “and while this one is a little more backward he is also very promising. We were down at Emmanuel Clayeux’s yesterday and liked him a lot.”

HIGHEST SUN commands €125K from Joffret Huet

Trained by Jean-Luc Guillochon, HIGHEST SUN (lot 6) boasted two wins for his last two starts, respectively on the flat on Pornichet’s all-weather track back in February then over hurdles at Chateaubriant mid-April, his first outing over jumps. This athletic son of Sunday Break went the way of agent Joffret Huet, who explained:

I can’t name my client but he is headed to the UK. I was at Chateaubriant the other day and liked the style of his victory. He is also a winner on the flat and has a great physical so he ticked a lot of boxes according to me.”

AQPS filly ELEONORE D’APSIS (lot 10) matched the same price tag on a bid from Pierre Boulard and Harold Kirk. The daughter of Apsis won first time out at Durtal for permit-holder Laure Cordonnier.

At the end of proceedings, Eric Hoyeau said: “It is a very satisfactory first edition of this new boutique sale, which ties in perfectly with the Grand Steeple-Chase weekend. The format worked out well and all the major National Hunt players were at Auteuil, over from the UK, Ireland, all French regions and even the Czech Republic. Our wholehearted thanks go to all the vendors and bueyrs who supported this innovative event. I trust that several top class performers will come out of this catalogue!”


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