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The second day of the 2018 Autumn Sale for the first time featured a revamped offering of two-year-old stores and National Hunt yearlings, having previously exclusively catered for the latter category. Selectivity, a word that has been used so many times to describe the market at recent bloodstock sales, was very much the order of the day with a cumulative 63% of the 194 horses through the ring changing hands for a total aggregate of €2,734,000, down 7% from the same session a year ago.

Two-year-old stores topped by €43,000 son of Kapgarde

Having already topped the opening day dedicated to horses in training, Guy Petit was back for more and secured the dearest of the 40 stores on offer, a colt by Kapgarde who was knocked down for €43,000. From the family of FAR WEST, FABULOUSLY and FOU ET SAGE, the chesnut was the very first horse consigned at ARQANA by Géraldine Mahot’s Haras des Marronniers.

65% of the stores on offer were registered as sold, at an average price of €15,788.

€160,000 well-related Martaline yearling colt goes to Frederic Sauque

The demand for yearlings was equally selective with a clearance rate of 63% yet the average price held on well at €23,954 to remain virtually stable from last year’s strong renewal.

The progeny of Haras de Montaigu’s Martaline have been consistently to the fore on both sides of the Channel and his yearlings proved hot property in the ring. A full brother to MY WAY (lot 307), who was placed in both the Gr.2 Prix Congress and Gr.3 Prix Duc d’Anjou this season, was in particularly high demand and Frederic Sauque had to fork out €160,000 to outbid Hubert Barbe for the grey. Offered by Haras de l’Hotellerie, he is also a half-brother to ROI MAGE, who won this year’s Gr.2 Prix Georges Courtois.

François Nicolle, who trained MY WAY until his export to Great Britain and still has ROI MAGE in his care commented: “He is a beautiful colt who has been bought for a syndicate involving people from the trotting and thoroughbred world. Lucien Urano, Jean-Pierre Dubois, Philippe Allaire and myself have all bought into it. I have already trained two of this colt’s siblings and look forward to training this one.”

Full brother to Sceau Royal snapped up by Basquin for €125,000

Doctor Dino’s profile over jumps has been on a steep upward curve and benefited from a timely double last weekend with his son SHARJAH claiming Faugheen’s scalp in the Gr.1 Morigiana Hurdle at Punchestown while SCEAU ROYAL landed the Gr.2 Schloer Chase at Cheltenham.

That update surely did no harm to his full brother, named GUILLAUME (lot 312), who was consigned by Haras de la Haie Neuve on behalf of his breeder Guy Vimont and went the way of Paul Basquin for €125,000.

I like the sire very much,” commented the Haras du Saubouas principal. “He produces good horses for the flat as well as for the jumps and this horse is a beautiful type who will continue to mature – he was born on May 1. He will spend the winter on the farm and could go into training with Guillaume Macaire”.

The sale continues tomorrow from 11:00am with the final session dedicated to flat-bred yearlings.


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