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Tomorrow at Cheltenham

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Even though he’s not in one of the major championships of the festival, the unbeaten Envoi Allen drags a lot of interest in this 3rd day at the Festival. The French-bred AQPS already won twice at the meeting, in the bumper two years ago -an exercise tant is not familiar with French horses, and in[…..]

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A French-bred to follow: Botox Has

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5-year-old gelding Botox Has is a son of the French Derby winner Dream Well out of Bournie, a dual winner over Cagnes-sur-Mer’s obstacles, sired by Epsom and Irish Derby winner Kahyasi. Bred by Carlos José de Souza Pedro’s famous Hamel Stud (the “Has” suffix), in Normandy, Botox Has started his career for his breeder at[…..]

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A French-bred to follow: Botox Has

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5-year-old gelding Botox Has is a son of the French Derby winner Dream Well out of Bournie, a dual winner over Cagnes-sur-Mer’s obstacles, sired by Epsom and Irish Derby winner Kahyasi. Bred by Carlos José de Souza Pedro’s famous Hamel Stud (the “Has” suffix), in Normandy, Botox Has started his career for his breeder at[…..]

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French breeder of the day: Bruno Vagne, breeder of Arkle Novices’ Chase 2nd Eldorado Allen

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Any French-bred horse with the suffix “Allen” is bred by Bruno and Michèle Vagne in the Allier. Everybody expects his Envoi Allen to win the Golden Miller Novices’ Chase (Gr1) on Thursday as one of the shortest-priced favourites of the meeting, but on Tuesday, another horse bred by Bruno proved a worthy import when finishing[…..]

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Tomorrow at the Festival

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French jumpers usually fare well in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the highlight of the Festival’s second day. Sprinter Sacré, dual winner in 2013 and 2016, and Politologue, the winner of last edition, are the most recent example of a trend started in 1996 by Klairon Davis and repeated 10 times since. Once again, a[…..]

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James du Berlais – Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Gr1)

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5-year-old James du Berlais (Muhtathir) will start for the first time outside France in one of the most competitive races of the 2021 Festival, the Champion Hurdle (Gr1). Robert Collet formerly trained him at Chantilly. In June last year, he was purchased privately by Simon Munir & Isaac Souede after a commanding success at Auteuil[…..]

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Hubert Barbe (HB Bloodstock & Horse Racing Advisory)

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Hubert Barbe started as an assistant to his father, trainer Jack-Hubert Barbe, a 6-times Jumps champion trainer in France, before settling as a bloodstock agent in 1993. He was one of the first to source French jumpers to Britain and Ireland, mainly for Martin Pipe. They developed a very successful relationship until the trainer’s retirement.[…..]

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François-Xavier and Anne Doulce Lefeuvre, breeders of Épatante

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The breeders of Epatante didn’t make it to the 2020 Festival, and they did not see their mare win the Champion Hurdle for J P McManus. It’s not that they were not willing to go, only that they are a bit superstitious. They had made the trip a year before, and their darling Epatante had[…..]

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MATHIEU LEGARS AND MARTA KUBICKA JOIN THE ARQANA TEAM

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ARQANA begins 2019 by strengthening its sales and marketing teams with the arrival of Mathieu Legars and Marta Kubicka. Eric Hoyeau, ARQANA’s President explains: “In an increasingly competitive international environment, ARQANA intends to equip itself with all the necessary means to fly the flag high for French breeding, encourage new buyers and vendors and promote[…..]

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MATHIEU LEGARS AND MARTA KUBICKA JOIN THE ARQANA TEAM

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ARQANA begins 2019 by strengthening its sales and marketing teams with the arrival of Mathieu Legars and Marta Kubicka. Eric Hoyeau, ARQANA’s President explains: “In an increasingly competitive international environment, ARQANA intends to equip itself with all the necessary means to fly the flag high for French breeding, encourage new buyers and vendors and promote[…..]

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AUTUMN SALE FIGURES KEEP STEADY

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The final day of the Autumn Sale, comprising 177 yearlings, reached its peak three lots from the end of proceedings when an athletic son of Authorized (lot 632) from the draft of Haras de la Pérelle walked through the ring. Out of a half-sister to leading sire MONSUN, hence closely related to dual Classic scorer[…..]

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PRIX MIESQUE WINNER DEVANT HAS JOINED THE BREEDING STOCK SALE CATALOGUE

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Bred by Ecurie des Monceaux, the filly DEVANT will go under the hammer at the auction as a Wild Card as lot 170. The two-year-old has a rating of 102, having won the Prix Miesque (Gr.3) with authority for Henri-Alex Pantall in the colours of Team Valor this season after her second placed effort in[…..]

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SELECTIVE NATIONAL HUNT SESSION TOPPED BY €160,000 YEARLING SON OF MARTALINE

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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[…..]

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€265,000 VALAJANI TOPS OPENING SESSION OF AUTUMN SALE

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The opening session of the 2018 Autumn Sale, which catered for horses in training under both codes, witnessed solid trade illustrated by an 89% clearance rate and average price almost identical to last year at €23,520. There was an air of Babel around the Deauville sales grounds with buyers having flocked from every corner of[…..]

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5 QUALITY WILD CARDS JOIN THE AUTUMN SALE

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Following their recent eye-catching performances, five horses-in-training have been added to the Autumn Sale catalogue through the Wild Card system. They will go through the ring on November 19. A recent second in the Italian St. Leger (Gr.3) behind the very consistent O’JUKE, VALAJANI is lot 160. Trained by the German handler Markus Klug, he[…..]

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FINEST FRENCH FLAT AND NATIONAL HUNT BLOODLINES ON OFFER AT 2018 BREEDING STOCK SALE

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From Japan to the United States, fillies and mares bought at ARQANA’s Breeding Stock Sale have shone at the highest level thoughout the 2018 racing season. Out of Haras du Mezeray’s outstanding mare LUNE D’OR, for which Katsumi Yoshida paid €750,000 in 2010, FIEREMENT recently won the Kikuka Sho (Gr.1), the Japanese St. Leger. On[…..]

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10 additional lots for the Maisons-Laffitte NH sale

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Ten lots have been added to the 100% NH sale that will be held on 2nd November at Maisons-Laffiitte, including 3YOs: Lot 97a, HAPPY MONARCH (Saint des Saints), easy winner of the Grande Courses de Haies de l’Ouest at Nantes on 4th October, Lot 97b, FUN DES MOTTES (Aqps, f., Martaline), who won a bumper[…..]

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OCTOBER YEARLING SALE CONCLUDES WITH FIGURES CLOSE TO RECORD LEVELS

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The final, abbreviated session of the 2018 October Yearling Sale posted consistent results headlines by a 83% clearance rate. The highest price of €37,000 was paid by BBA Ireland for a colt from the first crop of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf hero Outstrip, offered by Haras de Beauvoir. The overall average price for the four[…..]

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€230,000 HALF-SISTER TO BOUSSAC SCORER LILY’S CANDLE’S TOPS DAY 3 OF OCTOBER YEARLING SALE

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A Group 1 update helped propel the highest price on day three of the October Yearling Sale close to record levels and was exemplary of figures generally holding steady. Over the catalogue’s two-day Part II, the average price rose 1.5% from last year’s renewal to reach €30,335 and the clearance rate almost held up at[…..]

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FIRST THINGS FIRST AS SOLDIER HOLLOW FILLY TOPS DAY 2 OF OCTOBER YEARLING SALE

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The very first lot through the ring for the two-day Part II of the October Yearling Sale became one of the four six-figure yearlings on the day, commanding a price tag that remained unmatched until the end of the session. Overall results proved marginally down from the record-breaking 2017 renewal with the exact same number[…..]

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AUTUMN SALE: 199 NATIONAL HUNT YOUNGSTERS AND GUY CHEREL REDUCTION SALE HEADLINE THE AUCTION

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With every year that passes, the Autumn Sale further confirms its place as one of the best sources of National Hunt performers, with names such as TZIGANE DU BERLAIS, the recent Velka Pardubicka winner, bought as a yearling by Chris Richner from Haras de Grandcamp, FARCLAS, BALKO DES FLOS, MIN, ARKALON, TRAFFIC FLUIDE, AGRAPART, ROI[…..]

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€360,000 SIYOUNI FILLY TOPS PART I OF OCTOBER YEARLING SALE

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The opening session of the October Yearling Sale, making up Part I of the catalogue, returned a set of contrasted figure with a clearance rate of 78.2%, in line with last year’s score, but decreases in average (€66,370, down 10%) and median (€50,000, down 14%) prices. “There was a definite strength in depth at the[…..]

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€470,000 GROUP-PLACED 2YO INSANDI TOPS ARC SALE FOR MANDORE AND SUNDERLAND

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The 2018 Arc Sale saw a final total of 27 horses walk through the ring, of which 24 (65%) changed hands for a cumulated €4,318,000 and an average price of €179,917. Trade was topped by two-year-old colt INSANDI (lot 6), who was snapped up for €470,000 by Nicolas de Watrigant on behalf of Ling &[…..]

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THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS’ ASSOCIATION DONATES 1/1000th OF PREMIUMS RECEIVED BY MEMBERS TO AU-DELA DES PISTES

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As a major player in the racing industry and aware of the importance of taking care of thoroughbreds at the end of their racing careers, the Federation des Eleveurs du Galop (Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association) has shown their support for Au-Dela Des Pistes. This is in the form of an annual donation corresponding to 1/1000th of[…..]

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LISTED WINNER HAPPY ODYSSEY AND THE AGA KHAN’S VADIYANN JOIN THE ARC CATALOGUE

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Two more horses with impressive recent performances have been added to the Arc Sale at Saint-Cloud this Saturday when they will go through the ring as Wild Cards. The eye-catching winner by two lengths of the Listed Prix Sacara last week in front of the consistent GOLCONDA, the two-year-old filly HAPPY ODYSSEY will go under[…..]

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THREE PROMISING TWO-YEAR-OLDS BOOST THE ARC SALE CATALOGUE

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Three two-year-olds that have created impressions when winning on their most recent starts have been added as Wild Cards to the Arc Sale on October 6 at Saint-Cloud. CONTROVENTO (lot 10), trained by Alessandro Botti, won on his debut by six lengths at Divonne-Les-Bains over 1700m last Sunday. This son of George Vancouver carried the[…..]

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THREE PROMISING THREE-YEAR-OLDS JOIN THE PUREBRED ARABIAN SALE CATALOGUE

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Taking place on Thursday, October 4 at Saint-Cloud, the Purebred Arabian Sale will have the addition of three supplementary horses-in-training to the catalogue as Wild Cards. All aged three, two out of these are already Group placed. Trained by Damien de Watrigant, SEA BIRD AL MAURY carries lot 100. This son of Mijdadd most recently[…..]

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RICH IN BLACKTYPE, THE 2018 ARC SALE CATALOGUE IS NOW ONLINE

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After two years in Chantilly, the Arc Sale returns to Saint-Cloud Racecourse just a few minutes from ParisLongchamp, where the prestigious Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe also makes its big comeback. Now available online, the catalogue brings together 45 horses-in-training that will go through the ring from 6.30pm on October 6. In addition, 9[…..]

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SIBLINGS TO TEPPAL, LOUIS D’OR, THE WOW SIGNAL, WOOTTON, VOLTA, MEKHTAAL AMONG 625 YEARLINGS CATALOGUED IN THE OCTOBER SALE

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From year to year, the list of Group winners sold at the October Yearling Sale just keeps growing. Just last weekend, the two-year-old ROCQUES won the Gr.3 Prix d’Aumale at ParisLongchamp. Bought for €60,000 by Mandore International and Fabrice Chappet from Haras de Montaigu last year, this daughter of Lawman is unbeaten in three outings[…..]

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AU-DELA DES PISTES ORGANISES THE SECOND EDITION OF ITS RETRAINING OF RACEHORSES DAY AT CHANTILLY RACECOURSE NEXT SATURDAY

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Just a few weeks after the first Retraining of Racehorses Day that took place at Deauville Racecourse, Au-Dela Des Pistes will hold their second event at Chantilly Racecourse on Saturday, September 15 from 3.30pm. This event is notably supported by DYNAVENA, a leader in the production of high-quality flaked food for horses and also partners[…..]

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SIMON MUNIR & ISAAC SOUEDE BREEDING STOCK DISPERSAL: 30 TOP CLASS BREEDING PROSPECTS TO BE OFFERED AT ARQANA BREEDING STOCK SALE

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A full dispersal of leading owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede’s breeding stock will offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy some of the best National Hunt fillies and mares ever to come on the market, when they go under the hammer at ARQANA on December 11.  The very first crops of this young[…..]

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VENTE DE PUR-SANG ARABES 2018 : 131 CHEVAUX À L’ENTRAÎNEMENT, POULINIÈRES, 2 ANS ETC. PASSERONT SUR LE RING

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Nichée au cœur d’une grande semaine de course, à quelques jours de la Qatar Arabian World Cup, la Vente de Pur-Sang Arabes aura lieu le 4 octobre prochain sur l’hippodrome de Saint-Cloud. Organisée en partenariat avec l’AFAC, elle accueillera 131 sujets dont 58 deux ans, 41 chevaux à l’entraînement, 17 poulinières, 8 yearlings, 6 trois[…..]

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SIYOUNI & ANODIN TO THE FORE WHILE FIGURES READJUST

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The one-day V.2 Yearling Sale was dominated by the progeny of French-based sires Siyouni, Anodin and Dabirsim while the aggregate, which had taken a 37% jump a year ago, readjusted to the level seen in 2016 (-16%). The clearance rate was a healthy 81% but the average price, in a market where pinhookers proved much[…..]

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€380,000 SIYOUNI COLT TOPS CLOSING DAY, FIGURES HOLD STEADY

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The third and final day of the August Yearling Sale, comprising Part II of the catalogue, returned figures very much on a par with their 2017 counterparts. The aggregate reached €9.4 million for the second year running while the average for the 114 horses sold was €82,693, a 3% slip from a year ago. Honoré[…..]

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DUBAWI FIRST FOAL OUT OF JUST THE JUDGE TOPS SECOND DAY OF AUGUST YEARLING SALE AT €1,400,000

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A diversified, international buying bench ensured for a second night of strong trade at the August Yearling Sale and brought results for the two-day Part I very close to matching last year’s figures. With the average showing a 10% jump on day 2, the cumulated figure for Part I settled at €234,635, just 1.6% down[…..]

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DUBAWI COLT A €1.55 MILLION SHOWSTOPPER FOR KERRI RADCLIFFE

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A seven-figure son of top stallion Dubawi dominated the second day of trading at the August Yearling Sale, the final of the catalogue’s Part I before Part II unfolds on Monday. The vagaries of alphabetical order had resulted in the catalogue proving stronger on the opening session as opposed to a year ago, thus making[…..]

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MARCHAND D’OR RETURNS TO HIS FAVOURITE SPOT FOR THE RETRAINING OF RACEHORSES DAY AT DEAUVILLE

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Organised by the French charity Au-Dela Des Pistes with the support of France Galop, the third edition of the Retraining of Racehorses Day takes place on Saturday, August 25 at Deauville-La Touques Racecourse. MARCHAND D’OR, SOLOW, CIRRUS DES AIGLES, AFRICAN STORY Guest Stars at the Champions Parade The highlight of the day is the now[…..]

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4YO AQPS ERITAGE, A WIDE-MARGIN WINNER ON DEBUT, TO BE OFFERED ON ARQANAONLINE.COM, JULY 31

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Fabrice Foucher’s ERITAGE turned many heads on his first racecourse appearance at Pornichet, July 12. Pushed along early on to keep up with some more experienced opponents, the four-year-old travelled wide before hitting the front with a furlong to run. The son of Martaline then found his stride under a hands-and-heels ride and galloped passed[…..]

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ARQANA APPOINTS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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ARQANA’s Board of Directors has appointed with immediate effect an Executive Committee spearheaded by President Eric Hoyeau and Executive Director Freddy Powell, who previously acted as Bloodstock Director. Members of the Executive Committee are Ludovic Cornuel, who is promoted to the head of the Bloodstock team of which he has been a member since 2011,[…..]

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€445,000 QATAR-BOUND ESTEVE TOPS 2018 SUMMER SALE

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The second day of the Summer Sale comprising breeding stock and horses in training returned an aggregate of €4,078,000 and average price of €25,573, both on a par with the same session a year ago, while the clearance rate was a healthy 85%. Cumulated figures for the two-day sale also held steady against their 2017[…..]

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