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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 on top with €380,000 Siyouni colt

It proved a red-letter day for Hubert Honoré, who consigned both highest-priced yearlings. They were headed by a Siyouni colt (lot 293) who commanded a final bid of €380,000 from Anthony Stroud acting on behalf of Godolphin, with Phoenix Thoroughbreds as the underbidder. Bred by Chris Wright’s Stratford Stud Place, the bay is a full brother to the fast filly SOUVENIR DELONDRES, winner of the Gr.3 Prix Eclipse and L. Prix de la Vallée d’Auge.

« Physically I thought he compared very favourably with the horses I saw yesterday and Saturday, said Stroud. He is by a serious stallion, comes from a very good nursery and my valuation was in line with the price he made. »

Menuisier goes to €290,000 for Intello colt

French-born, British-based trainer David Menuisier has enjoyed his best season so far, notably courtesy of Gr.2 York Stakes scorer THUNDERING BLUE, who like many of Menuisier’s charges runs in the colours of Clive Washbourn. The successful tandem will hope for a repeat scenario with a son of Intello (lot 246) for which they paid €290,000 to outbid Fiona Carmichael and Amanda Skiffington.

Also offered by Hubert Honoré, the colt was bred by trainer Nicolas Clément out of the Listed-winning mare WINTER FASHION, who has already produced two black-type performers including FLOWER FASHION who won three races and was placed at Listed level for the Chantilly-based professional last year.

« This colt really caught my eye when I saw him yesterday, expressed Menuisier. I thought he was the best colt in the sale and feel very lucky to have an owner with the capacity to invest in top quality horses. I am a fan of the sire and there is a bit of speed on the dam side so I can’t see why we wouldn’t win the Prix du Jockey Club with him! »

Casse sweet on Siyouni filly

With Laurens having swept all before her this season, scooping three Group 1 contests on the trot while Aylmerton and City Light impressed from Royal Ascot to Randwick, the progeny of Siyouni has gained an increasingly international profile. Justin Casse has been a long-time admirer of the stallion and didn’t hesitate to offer €240,000 for a filly by the Haras de Bonneval resident, from the draft of Haras d’Etreham (lot 185). The bay is a granddaughter of the Gr.2 Prix de Pomone scorer, from the stellar family of PEINTRE CELEBRE.

« My client is not awake yet so I can’t disclose her name, confessed Casse, but I can confirm that the filly will be trained in America. »

Redvers scoops Australia relative to Danedream for €220,000

The day after a filly from the first crop of Australia won the Gr.3 Prix du Calvados in style, a female member of his second generation (lot 246) offered from Ecurie des Monceaux went the way of David Redvers for €220,000. She is the first foal out of a half-sister to Arc heroine DANEDREAM and Chester Vase winner VENICE BEACH, from a family that traces back to the prolific LADY BERRY.

« She was my pick of the day, said Redvers. She is made like a Classic filly, looks a painting and walks beautifully. She will be trained in Great Britain but I am not sure with whom. »

Ling Tsui maintains support to Sea The Stars

Ling Tsui’s success with Urban Sea and her descendants has been nothing short of extraordinary, as was most recently illustrated by the dazzling victory of Sea The Stars’ daughter SEA OF CLASS in the Gr.1 Darley Irish Oaks.

The chesnut will be joined in the yard of William Haggas by a paternal half-sister after Nicolas de Watrigant of Mandore International paid €200,000 for lot 188 offered by Haras d’Ellon. She is out of the speedy Listed-placed mare Ponte Vespucci, herself a daughter of the Gr.1 Prix Maurice de Gheest scorer Porlezza.

« She is a super filly and I felt the price was very reasonable considering the quality of her page, commented Watrigant who was stood next to Urban Sea’s former trainer Jean Lesbordes. She is very stamped by her sire and very relaxed, which is always a good sign. She will be trained by William Haggas. »

The same price was achieved earlier on by a Siyouni filly from the draft of Haras du Chevotel, who was knocked down to Jean-Claude Rouget. She is out of a half-sister to the Stakes winners ORION STAR and ORION GIRL.

«Timely» update for €180,000 Invincible Spirit filly

A daughter of Invincible Spirit from the fabulous TIME CHARTER family and offered by Haras d’Etreham (lot 301) fetched €180,000 from Prime Equestrian. Out of a half-sister to the Gr.2 Prix de Malleret scorer TIME ON, hence a close relative to the top class juvenile CURSORY GLANCE, the filly benefitted from the recent performances of her year-older half-sister Early Time, who opened her account as second asking and ran 4th in the L. Criterium du Bequet after the catalogue was printed.

« She is a second foal, commented Alexandre Puyfourcat, and the dam’s first looks like she will gain black time very soon, she was very unlucky last time out. We bought five yearlings this week and will sit down tonight to make decisions on their trainers. »

Phoenix adds to Siyouni’s list of supporters with €180,000 colt

Having signed for five yearlings over the weekend, Phoenix Thoroughbred completed their shopping list with a Siyouni colt from Charles Brière’s Fairway Consignment (lot 331) who requested a closing bid of €180,000 from Dermot Farrington. The bay is a half-brother to the dual Listed victrix MAMBOMISS.

Magnier dominates buyers’ rankings

11 buyers spent in excess of 1 million Euros, 2 more than a year ago. The leading investor was Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier who laid out €2,650,000 on 5 yearlings. Al Shaqab and Godolphin also invested a total amount of €2 million or more.

>> Click here for the buyers’ standings

Magic seven for Monceaux

For the seventh year running, Ecurie des Monceaux ended the sale at the top of the vendors’ rankings by cumulative aggregate with 32 yearlings sold for a total €9,325,000. Gwenaël Monneraye and Lucie Lamotte’s La Motteraye Consignment achieved their best position so far in second while Eric Puerari and Michel Zerolo’s Haras des Capucines completed the podium.

The number 1 vendor by average was Ballylinch Stud, which saw its 6 horses average €355,000.

>> Click here for the vendors’ standings

Siyouni reigns supreme

With 19 yearlings sold for a total €3,410,000, Siyouni registered the highest gross while the highest average at €960,000 was claimed by Dubawi, who was notably responsible for the sale topper.

>> Click here for the stallions’ rankings

ARQANA CEO Eric Hoyeau commented on the results from the past three days: « It hasn’t been plain sailing but, in the end, the average and median prices have all but matched levels that, one must recall, represent all-time highs. It was good to see some first-time investors, notably from America and Japan, enter the fray, yet they didn’t quite fill the gap left by the reduced activity from some of the sale’s historical players. Despite these changes in the buying bench, the top of the market was still deep with the top 15 horses going to 12 individual buyers.

As ever our wholehearted thanks and congratulations go to the breeders and consignors who produced such athletic animals and to all the buyers who bought or attempted to buy them. Let their ventures be rewarded with success on the racecourse. »


The V.2 Yearling Sale takes place tomorrow from 3:00pm

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