The inaugural edition of the Show Lumet auction, which included 54 two and three-year-old unraced National Hunt horses, took place under a bright sunshine and tropical temperatures at Bécon-Les-Granits near Angers.
From 9:30am, the charges of pre-trainer David Lumet were put through their paces over educational hurdles, as has been the case at the Show Lumet over the past ten years. And for the first time this year, they all went under the hammer from 3:00pm, with 23 of them changing hands for an average price of €12,978.
Trade was topped by FERRY ALL (lot 2), an athletic three-year-old son of Haras de Montaigu’s No Risk At All out of a winning daughter of Lute Antique. The chesnut AQPS commanded a closing bid of €45,000 from Joffret Huet and will cross the Channel to start his racing career. A variety of buyers from France and the UK proved active with French professionals Gabriel Leenders, Hervé Bunel, Patricia Butel, Jerry Planque and Jérôme Delaunay notably signing dockets alongside Brittons Nigel Hawke, Toby Jones etc.
At the end of proceedings, ARQANA CEO Eric Hoyeau commented: «This has been a positive first experience courtesy of the professionalism of David Lumet and his team, who put on a well- oiled schooling session and perfect inspection conditions whether for the horses or the buyers. I was very impressed with the logistics of the event and everyone’s dedication. In terms of
trade, the good horses sold in accordance with our valuations, yet the clearance rate remains insufficient at this stage. This event was well-established as a private market and behaviours don’t change overnight. There will surely be more transactions in the coming hours, in line with the event’s initial identity, so more vendors will haveachieved their aim to sell their horses. »