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For the third consecutive year, ARQANA’s Breeze Up Sale will take place in Deauville, May 11-12. Now available online, the catalogue brings together 169 two-year-old colts and fillies that will breeze on the Deauville-La Touques grass course, Friday 11 May from 11.30am. They will go through the ring a day later starting at 1:00pm, the day before the Poules d’Essai that are moving back to their historic yet brand new home of ParisLongchamp.

Last year, the sale was topped by WALK IN THE SUN, a son of Street Sense from the Mocklershill draft, who is now unbeaten in two starts in the colours of Phoenix Thoroughbreds. Several other graduates have shone at Listed and Group level in the past few weeks, including HAYABUSA ONE, runner-up in Grade 2 company in the USA on both his last outings, EXPRESSIY who hit the board in the UAE Oaks and 1,000 Guineas, and the promising GHAZAWAAT who took 3rd in the Prix La Camargo (L.) on her seasonal bow.

Next Monday at Saint-Cloud, the Gr.3 Prix Edmond Blanc will see the seasonal return of another talented breeze up gratuate in LE BRIVIDO, who was bought by Ted Voute at the 2016 renewal from Longways Stables and won the Gr.3 Jersey Stakes after narrowly missing out in the Gr.1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains.

70 stallions from both sides of the Atlantic

No less than 70 stallions have progeny catalogued, notably FRANKEL, who is represented by the only juvenile to go through a Breeze Up auction in Europe this year. The leading Aga Khan Studs sire SIYOUNI has 18 sons and daughters registered, the largest contingent in the catalogue, followed by DABIRSIM with 11. Established sires such as DANSILI, DARK ANGEL, DUTCH ART, EXCEED AND EXCEL, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, IFFRAAJ, INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, KENDARGENT, KODIAC, LE HAVRE, LOPE DE VEGA, MASTERCRAFTSMAN, OASIS DREAM, PIVOTAL, SEA THE STARS, SHOWCASING, WOOTTON BASSETT, etc. are all represented.

There is also a particularly strong presence of American sires in the catalogue, headed by the late SCAT DADDY, the sire of the winners of 43 Group 1s worldwide including CARAVAGGIO, LADY AURELIA and MENDELSSOHN. He will be represented by six two-year-olds from his final crop and feature alongside INTO MISCHIEF, the sire of Kentucky Derby hopeful AUDIBLE, ANIMAL KINGDOM, ARCH, DATA LINK, DISTORTED HUMOR, ELUSIVE QUALITY, EXCHANGE RATE, FLATTER, KITTEN’S JOY, MIZZEN MAST, MORE THAN READY, SUPER SAVER, RAVEN’S PASS, TEMPLE CITY, UNCLE MO and UNION RAGS.

Meanwhile, several exciting young stallions have their first two-year-olds catalogued namely ANODIN, AUSTRALIA, CHARM SPIRIT, FED BIZ, KINGMAN, MAGICIAN, NOBLE MISSION, NO NAY NEVER, OLYMPIC GLORY, SOMMERABEND, TORONADO, VERRAZANO and WAR COMMAND.

Looking at the maternal side, an outstanding 50% of the juveniles set to go under the hammer are out of, or siblings to, black-type performers. Of these, 30 boast a Group or Listed winning sibling, and 42 are out of a black-type winning dam.

38 horses qualified for the October Yearling Sale Criterium

Of the 169 horses catalogued, 38 will give their new owner a rare opportunity to have a runner during the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend as they are qualified for the October Yearling Sale Criterium. The second running of this race, reserved for horses offered at the October Yearling Sale, is worth a minimum of €250,000 and will take place on October 5 at the brand new ParisLongchamp. The second confirmation stage for the race takes place after the sale on May 31.

The best European consignors represented

A total of 38 vendors coming from France, England and Ireland will be consigning two-year-olds at the sale, ranging from a consignment of just one horse to 26.

Irishman Willie Browne (Mocklershill) brings the largest draft with 26 lots headed by:

  • Lot 1, a half-sister by Declaration of War to the talented SPEED FRANCO, winner of the Gr.3 Dania Beach Stakes this year;
  • Lot 28, a half-brother to multiple American graded winner ITSINTHEPOST from the first crop of Sommerabend;
  • Lot 56, a Flatter half-sister to Group winners ARKLOW and MARAUD, currently one of the best three-year-olds on turf in America;
  • Lot 108, the second foal out of the Group placed DON’T FORGET FAITH from the first crop of Kingman;
  • Lot 123, the second foal out of Listed winner GOTLANDIA from the first crop of Charm Spirit;
  • Lot 126, a half-brother by Data Link to multiple Group winner THE FACTOR, already the sire of several winners at the same level;
  • Lot 157, an Into Mischief colt who is a grandson of Group winner KAMARINSKAYA.

11 colts and fillies will be offered from Tom Whitehead’s Powerstown Stud, including:

  • Lot 17, a half-brother to black-type performer PTOLEMAIC from the first crop of Toronado;
  • Lot 37, the second foal out of Group winner SEDICIOSA by Speightstown;
  • Lot 112, a half-brother by Siyouni to DIAMOND DOVE, a Group winner at two.

Con Marnane’s Bansha House Stables will consign 10 two-year-olds including two by Dabirsim as well as lot 129, a Siyouni half-sister to black-type performer HUSSARD and lot 154, a half-brother to Listed-winning juvenile ROYAL SPRING from the first crop of Australia.

Nine horses will go under the hammer from Longways Stables (Mick Murphy) of which:

  • Lot 19, the first foal out of a black-type performer by Wootton Bassett;
  • Lot 36, a half-sister by Union Rags to Listed winning two-year-old DIAMOND BACHELOR;
  • Lot 156, a son of Showcasing out of a half-sister to young stallion AL WUKAIR, the winner of the Gr.1 Prix Jacques Le Marois.

Brendan Holland’s Grove Stud will also be represented by nine lots, including:

  • Lot 4, a son of Olympic Glory out of a half-sister to Champion juvenile SHALAA;
  • Lot 5, a daughter of Sea The Stars out of Listed placed NINA TERZ;
  • Lot 79, a half-brother to two-year-old Listed winner ALOUNAK by New Approach;
  • Lot 140, a son of the late Scat Daddy out of Listed winner KALOURA;
  • Lot 164, a Kodiac colt out of a sister to black-type performer SPINACRE.

Of the nine horses consigned by Paul Basquin’s Haras du Saubouas is lot 98, a full sister to Group placed KENRIYA by Kendargent and lot 121, a son of Scat Daddy out of Group 1 placed FLIP FLOP, also an own brother to fellow breeze up graduate GLENDEVON who is aimed at the 2,000 Guineas by Richard Hughes.

The Irish vendor Mayfield Stables send over eight lots, including:

  • Lot 3, a son of Temple City and a close relative to dual Classic winner and Coolmore sire CHURCHILL;
  • Lot 14, a daughter of Invincible Spirit out of Group 2 winner PEINTURE RARE;
  • Lot 162, a half-brother to multiple Group winner SANDIVA by Camelot.

Thomond O’Mara’s Knockanglass Stables offers seven two-year-olds including lot 58, a half-brother to triple Group winner VEREMA by Siyouni and lot 90, a half-brother to black-type performers DANI WALLON and IL SEGRETO by Le Havre.

Gaybrook Lodge Stud (Jim McCartan) will be represented by seven two-year-olds in Deauville including lot 10, a son of Scat Daddy out of Listed winner PARISIAN AFFAIR who has already produced black-type performer CRIMSON CHINA, and lot 27, a colt by Dark Angel out of a half-sister to Gr.1 winner and sire SAGEBURG.

Six colts will be offered by John Collins’s Brown Island Stables, of which:

  • Lot 43, a granddaughter of Group winner SOFTLY by Uncle Mo;
  • Lot 80, a half-brother to the talented KITTEN’S ROAR from the first crop of Magician;
  • Lot 137, a son of Speightstown out of Listed winner IT’S MIDNIGHT.

The young enterprise Star Bloodstock, which offered its first draft of two-year-olds last year, will send five juveniles through this sale including lot 40, a son of Lope De Vega out of Group placed SINGLE, herself a half-sister to the very talented KENYA, currently one of the Derby favourites, as well as lot 149, a half-sister to Group placed ONE MORE ROUND from the first crop of WinStar Farm’s Fed Biz.

Larissa Kneip from Haras de Saint-Arnoult will present four lots including lot 38, a half-brother by Siyouni to Listed placed two-year-old SHENOYA and lot 44, a daughter of Oasis Dream out of the black-type performer SOHO ROSE.

Yeomanstown Stud will offer lot 29, a half-sister to two-year-old Listed winner SAKAMINA by Dabirsim as well as lot 51, a daughter of Scat Daddy out of black-type performer SURE ROUTE, her first foal.

Also of note in the catalogue are:

  • Lot 16, a brother to Listed winning juvenile ROSAY by Raven’s Pass, consigned by Glending Stables;
  • Lot 30, a half-brother to Listed winner SWEET CHARITY from the first crop of Olympic Glory, from Oaks Farm Stables;
  • Lot 142, a son of Listed winner KEYSTONE GULCH from the first crop of NO NAY NEVER from Church View Stables;
  • Lot 141, a half-brother to recent US Grade 3 placed SALSA BELLA from the first crop of Anodin, consigned by the Newmarket-based LB Pre-Training. Run by Linas Balciunas, it will be the operation’s first venture to Deauville.
  • Lot 144, a half-brother to triple Group winner BACKSEAT RHYTHM from Ecurie de la Frênée, Frankel’s only progeny to be offered at the Breeze-Up Sales in Europe;
  • Lot 146, a daughter of Exceed And Excel out of a half-sister to Group winners TIPSY CREEK and ABUNAWWAS, from Derryconnor Stud;
  • Lot 151, a half-brother to Group winner STORM THE STARS by Speightstown, out of a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner GIANT’S CAUSEWAY and the excellent YOU’RESOTHRILLING, from Church Farm Stables.

Catalogue online at:


Sale schedule:


Friday, May 11 / 11:30am – Deauville Racecourse


Saturday, May 12 / 1:00pm – ARQANA sales ring, Deauville

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