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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 counterparts with total turnover reaching €7,467,700 (+4%) and average price of €26,566 (-4%) for a 73% clearance.

Quickfire double for Al Kuwari with Qatar-bound MASTERPIECE & ESTEVE 

Agent Gérard Larrieu made a significant contribution to the sale’s turnover in a small amount of time, offering €345,000 for MASTERPIECE (lot 389) and €445,000 for ESTEVE (lot 395) minutes later.

The former came from the yard of André Fabre with a pair of Listed placings from four starts this term and a rating of 98 to his name. This son of Matercraftsman will swap the colours of Ballymore Thoroughbreds for those of Shael bin Khalifa Al Kuwari, one of Qatar’s most prominent owners who notably won the HH The Emir’s Trophy in 2016 and 2018 courtesy of fellow Arqana purchase THE BLUE EYE.

Esteve was trained by Jean-Claude Rouget for long-time patron Daniel-Yves Trèves and offered as part of a reduction sale from the latter. Also by Mastercraftsman, he completed a hat-trick in the run-up to the auction, culminating with a dominant display in the L. Derby du Languedoc after the catalogue was printed.

Both horses will now join the stables of Jassim Ghazali and be prepared for the winter season in Qatar.

Larrieu ended the day as leading buyer with five purchases for a total spend of €945,000.

Half-sister to TEPPAL commands €150,000 from Moubray

GONZEVILLE (lot 273) was the star act of the breeding stock session as a half-sister to this year’s Gr.1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches heroine TEPPAL offered in foal to first season sire Recorder. The Haras de Montfort et Préaux offering hails from a family replete with classy fillies headed by WITH YOU, WE ARE, LISTEN IN, LILY’S ANGEL etc. Crispin de Moubray placed the winning bid of €150,000 and commented: “She is going to stay in France but unfortunately I can’t name my client. This is a family I have known for a long time as I bought the dam Jummana as a yearling on behalf of Maurice Lagasse and advised him with the matings all along. I notably chose Camacho because Jummana is a very big mare who needs to visit smaller stallions – and the result was Teppal.”

STAKING stamping successful Clement-Mullins association

The yard of Chantilly trainer Nicolas Clément has been an extremely happy hunting ground for Willie Mullins and his team, with no less than four Group horses having been sourced from there in recent years. It started with the filly LIMINI, a €100,000 purchase at the 2014 Arc Sale who became a top class hurdler, and continued with the likes of MERI DEVIE, MELON and LAW GIRL, all fruitful buys for the master of Closutton.

The three-year-old gelding STAKING (lot 380) will be hoping to follow in their hoofsteps after falling to Harold Kirk for €140,000. The son of Stormy River has only had four starts to date, culminating with a victory over a mile at ParisLongchamp on June 28, which prompted his addition to the Summer Sale catalogue as a Wild Card entry.

We have had a very successful association with Nicolas,” smiled Harold Kirk, “and he recommended this horse warmly. Although he has only run over a mile to ten furlongs, his dam stayed a mile and a half and he was always finishing strongly in his races so there is every chance that he will stay the trip.

Later in the afternoon, another Wild Card went the way of Harold Kirk for €120,000 in FRERE TUCK (lot 400), a three-year-old AQPS who made his racecourse debut a winning one on June 27, scoring over an extended mile and a half in a provincial bumper. Kirk commented on the charge of Philippe Chemin and Christophe Herpin: “The trainer liked him and he has sold good horses before, he definitely knows what a good horse is. He has a big frame to fill and will be a bit of a long term project for us but is a lovely horse with ability.”

O’Meara hoping for more glitters with MARKAZI.

David O’Meara is another professional who has been particularly lucky with his purchases at the Summer Sale. He notably secured MONDIALISTE for €190,000 in 2014, who went on to land the Gr.1 Arlington Million and Woodbine Mile, and last year LORD GLITTERS who has never finished further than 2nd in five outings to date, most recently posting a thrilling runner-up effort in the Gr.1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Aga Khan Studs homebred MARKAZI (lot 427) will be aiming to emulate these successful graduates after Jason Kelly signed at €140,000 for the son of Dark Angel on behalf of the Thoroughbred British Racing syndicate. The four-year-old gelding has been a model of consistency this term and added a second consecutive victory after the catalogue was printed, being awarded a rating of 93.

We can’t deny that we’ve been lucky with this sale and it definitely helps giving you that extra bit of confidence”, commented Kelly. “It’s an easy sell for us, no doubt. We bought four horses this time around and this one looks like he can be competitive in handicaps.”


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