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Fillies and mares bought at ARQANA’s December Breeding Stock Sale have produced numerous winners at the highest level across the globe, led by two dual Classic winners this year. The dam of Irish Derby and St Leger winner CAPRI, DIALAFARA, was bought for €175,000 by Margaret O’Toole from the draft of the Aga Khan Studs while MORNING LIGHT, who was purchased for just €12,000 by McKeever Bloodstock from Haras du Cadran became the dam of Poule d’Essai des Poulains and Prix du Jockey Club winner BRAMETOT. The latter was offered as a foal a year later, where he was picked up by Sylvain Vidal for €26,000 from Haras du Logis.

The list continues as the dams of 2017 Gr.1 winners IQUITOS and SHAKEEL were also recently sold at Deauville, as well as those of the highly talented two-year-olds THE PENTAGON and POLYDREAM, this year’s German 2,000 Guineas winner POETIC DREAM, Scandinavia’s top three-year-old filly DORCIA etc.

The 2017 renewal takes place from 9-12 December in Deauville. A total of 953 lots will go under the hammer, of which 455 mares, 174 fillies, 319 foals and four stallions. 10 Wild Cards are available to accommodate fillies with fresh form or foals/mares with an exciting update.

21 fillies and mares from the best Wertheimer families

For several years, Wertheimer et Frère have chosen ARQANA exclusively to sell a selection of fillies and mares from their best female lines. This unmissable opportunity has resulted in buyers purchasing the dams of future black-type winners GOLDEN VALENTINE, SOLEIL MARIN, FERALIA, AMMENAH and GOLDEN WOOD as well as FOOTPAD over jumps.

This year, Wertheimer et Frère are offering 12 fillies, including the Listed-placed GUERRIERE (lot 141), an Invincible Spirit half-sister to this year’s Gr.3 Prix d’Aumale winner SOUSTRACTION; VICUGNA (lot 146), a daughter of Pivotal out of Listed winner BEAUTIFIX, also the dam of black-types performers SOFAST, EYEFUL and SPIRITFIX; SILIGREEN (lot 178), a half-sister by Dansili to the Gr.3 Prix du Calvados heroine POLYDREAM; FRAME OF MIND (lot 181), a daughter of Invincible Spirit and dual Argentine Gr.1 winner SAFARI QUEEN, hence a half-sister to the very talented QUEEN’S JEWEL and ROYALMANIA; SANS APPEL (lot 204), an unraced half-sister to Gr.2 winner BAWINA by Fastnet Rock; as well as 9 broodmares headed by GRAVITEE (lot 159), a sister to INTELLO carrying her first foal by Maxios.

 A sister to Zarkava and 41 other fillies and mares from the Aga Khan

The Aga Khan Studs have sold the dams of Gr.1 winners ALMANZOR, CAPRI and VADAMOS, leading young Ballydoyle hope THE PENTAGON, and several other stakes winners in Australia and Japan in recent years. The result of over a century of breeding, the Aga Khan’s pedigrees continue to shine across the world. This year the catalogue will offer 42 opportunities to buy into his rare gene pools.

The draft contains 25 fillies, including a once in a lifetime chance to buy ZAKIA (lot 197), a half-sister by New Approach to the unbeaten champion ZARKAVA, already the dam of Gr.1 winner ZARAK. Unraced, this filly descends from the foundation mare PETITE ETOILE, that is still so present in some of the best pedigrees today.

Also of note is ROSVANA (lot 49), a daughter of Dansili out of Prix Marcel Boussac winner ROSANARA; SABA (lot 50), a half-sister by Zamindar to Gr.1 Prix Saint-Alary winner SAGAWARA; VANZARA (lot 91), an unraced half-sister to Gr.1 winners VADAWINA (Prix Saint-Alary) and VAZIRA by Redoute’s Choice, etc.

An exciting racing prospects is VADSARIYA (lot 93), a daughter of Exceed And Excel out of VALASYRA. She has a current rating of 96 and ran 3rd at Listed level this year. Another with fresh form is DOLIANOVA (lot 182) a half-sister to Gr.1 winner DOLNIYA by Rock Of Gibraltar, who took 2nd at Deauville last time out, having opened her account on September 29 at Saint-Cloud.

The Aga Khan Studs will also consign 16 broodmares, including the Group 3 winner SHEMIYLA (lot 67), a daughter of Dalakhani out of Listed victress SHEMALA. She is in foal to the champion Golden Horn.

Two Group 1 winners from Ecurie des Monceaux

The consignor of the sale-topping PARVANEH last year, Ecurie des Monceaux is represented by 38 mares, fillies and foals, including two Group 1 winners:

  • 1 Premio Lydia Tesio winner SORTILEGE (lot 184), in foal to Kingman. She hails from the exceptional German family of SCHIAPARELLI, SAMUM and SALVE REGINA;
  • MOLLY MALONE (lot 163), in foal to Golden Horn. The winner of the Gr.1 Qatar Prix du Cadran, this daughter of Lomitas comes from the family of MONSUN, BRAMETOT and WEKEELA.

Ecurie des Monceaux’s consignment also includes the only mare in foal to AMERICAN PHAROAH to go under the hammer in Europe this year: she is the dual Gr.3 placed and Prix de Diane 4th DESIREE CLARY (lot 200).

Another exceptional lot is the filly A RAVING BEAUTY (lot 127) who ran 2nd in the Gr.1 Premio Lydia Tesio on her latest outing, having already won two Listed races this year. The four-year-old daughter of Mastercraftsman is now rated 105 and looks to have plenty more to come.

Finally, Ecurie des Monceaux will offer for the first time a mare in foal to Siyouni covered on Southern Hemisphere time. HIDDEN GEM (lot 227) is a daughter of Shamardal out of a sister to Group winner HAZARISTA.

A total of 16 representatives from Godolphin

Fillies and mares consigned by Godolphin at Deauville have already produced two-year-old stakes winners CABLE BAY and RIOTICISM. This year, 12 fillies will go under the hammer, including Listed placed BOUQUET DE FLORES (lot 212), a daughter of Street Cry out of Stakes winner FLORISTRY, as well as four broodmares, of which INTERESTING (lot 105), second in the Gr.3 Prix Eclipse, in foal to Iffraaj and the Listed placed GOLD SANDS (lot 124), a half-sister to ABSOLUTE LADY carrying a three-parts sibling to dual Classic heroine LA CRESSONNIERE.

Of the other fillies catalogued, the following are of note:

  • Listed placed SAIMAA (lot 63), from Haras de la Louviere;
  • 2017 Prix Finlande (L.) winner and Gr.3 placed MONROE BAY (lot 128), from Pascal Bary;
  • LIMITED EDITION (lot 134) who ran 3rd in the Gr.3 Prix de Lieurey this season for Elie Lellouche;
  • LADY PANAME (lot 161), also from Elie Lellouche, twice Listed placed and 3rd in the Prix de Royaumont (Gr.3) this year;
  • HAGGLE (lot 174), a regally-bred daughter of Pivotal who won the Prix Maurice Zilber (L.) this year and ran 3rd in the Prix Corrida for Henri-François Devin;
  • German Listed winner KASHMAR (lot 114), a sister to Haras d’Etreham stallion KAMSIN, offered from Haras du Mezeray;
  • 2 T. von Zastrow Stutenpreis scorer SHIVAJIA (lot 188), who was rated 109 at her best, offered from Haras de Grandcamp;
  • TROARN (lot 189), a sister to champion ALMANZOR and 2nd in the Derby du Midi (L.) for Jean-Claude Rouget this season;
  • SWEET ELECTRA (lot 194), a half-sister by Sea The Stars to Gr.1 Derby hero WINGS OF EAGLES, from Pascal Bary;
  • MAIMARA (lot 202), a dual Group 3 winner, trained by Mikel Delzangles;
  • MEGERA (lot 206), a 112-rated Listed winner and Gr.1-placed in Germany this season, offered by Haras du Mézeray;
  • LA BERMA (lot 214) a Listed scorer and runner-up in the Gr.2 Prix de Sandringham, from Coulonces Sales.

 Of the in-foal mares catalogued, these include:

  • MORNING MIST (lot 24), a half-sister to dual Classic winner BRAMETOT by Peintre Celebre, consigned by Ronald Rauscher in foal to Adlerflug, the sire of Gr.1 winners IQUITOS, ITO and MOONSHINER.
  • Listed winner MOJO RISIN (lot 95), a daughter of Lope de Vega carrying her first foal by Shalaa and offered from Haras des Capucines.
  • MIDNIGHT FLASH (lot 131), the dam of AIM TO PLEASE and currently in foal to the young stallion Gleneagles. She is also offered from Haras des Capucines.
  • Group 3 winner BUGIE D’AMORE (lot 136) in foal to Dark Angel from Haras de Saint Pair.
  • Listed winner and Group placed NYMERIA (lot 171) in foal for the first time to Vadamos also from Haras de Saint Pair.
  • ESSONITE (lot 226), a half-sister by Sea The Stars to LADY PENKO consigned by Coulonces Sales, carrying her first foal by Gleneagles. A black-type performer herself, she is out of a half-sister to Erupt.

The Breeding Stock Sale will also give breeders the first opportunity to buy mares in foal to Belardo, Dariyan, Exosphere, Isfahan, Ito, Karakontie, Manatee, Mehmas, Night Wish, Shalaa, Scissor Kick, Territories, The Gurkha, Triple Threat, Vadamos etc.

A mouth-watering range of well-bred foals

The standard of the foals on offer at the sale has been on an upward trend, both in terms of quality and quantity. Future Group winners such as BRAMETOT, bought for €26,000 in 2014, DIFFERENT LEAGUE, RYMSKA, MAIMARA and dual Listed winner AIMING FOR RIO were all purchased as foals at Deauville.

No less than 319 foals will go through the ring this year, including 17 by Dabirsim, 10 by Le Havre, five by Siyouni, as well as the first foals by Brazen Beau, Cable Bay, Gleneagles, Gutaifan, Hallowed Crown, Hunter’s Light, Kingston Hill, Make Believe, Night Of Thunder, Outstrip, Prince Gibraltar, Sidestep etc.

Amongst the best female lines are:

  • SAM STONE (lot 53), a half-brother to STONE ROSES and STRAIGHT RIGHT by Dabirsim, from Haras du Petit Tellier.
  • A colt from the first crop of Gleneagles out of a half-sister to Group winner KARAR (lot 108), consigned by Coulonces Sales.
  • A daughter of Sea The Stars out of the first foal of a half-sister to SADDEX (lot 144), offered from Ronald Rauscher.
  • A half-brother to GOKEN by Frankel (lot 218) consigned by Haras de Colleville.

Fantastic jumping pedigrees to go through on Tuesday, December 12

The day will start with the sale of four stallions: HIGH ROCK (lot 806), DUNKERQUE (lot 807), SHAMALGAN (lot 808) and SHAKEEL (lot 809).

The session also contains several fillies and mares featuring top class National Hunt pages:

  • AVENUE MARCEAU (lot 897), the winner of the Gr.3 Prix de Maisons-Laffitte hurdle and 3rd in the Prix Alain du Breil. Already the dam of Listed-placed Square Marceau, she is offered in foal to Martaline from Haras de Colleville;
  • SHANON DU BERLAIS (lot 912), consigned by Haras du Berlais. A Listed winner over fences, she is in foal to Saint Des Saints.
  • BETE À BON DIEU (lot 933), a Listed winner at Auteuil, comes from Haras de Saint-Voir, and carrie her first foal by Authorized.

Foals by Balko, Bathyrhon, Doctor Dino, Kapgarde, Martaline, Masked Marvel, Montmartre, No Risk At All, Turgeon, Youmzain etc. are also catalogued.

Sale times:

Saturday 9 December: 11am

Sunday 10 December: 10am

Monday 11 December: 11am

Tuesday 12 December: 11am


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