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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 of yearlings changing hands – 91 i.e. 78,5% – at an average price of €33,198 (-7%) and a gross of €3,021,000, also down 7%.

Timely update sets proceeding off to a strong start

The curtain-raiser Soldier Hollow filly from Larissa Kneip’s Haras de Saint-Arnoult (lot 229) enjoyed a significant last-minute update when her year-older full sister NOVA SOL took an eye-catching third place in the Gr.3 Prix des Réservoirs. Two hours later, the yearling out of a half-sister to the German Stakes winners NYMERIA, NARROW HILL and NAMIBIA commanded a closing bid of €140,000 from trainer John Hammond.

The price was a highlight for Kneip, who commented: “We have the mare at home for breeder Bernd Dietel and her yearlings have all sold well so far – now it looks like they are running fast as well!”.

Six-figure Camacho filly brings hefty pinhooking return

Camacho enjoyed a banner year with his daughter TEPPAL taking the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and the juvenile SIGNORA CABELLO bagging a pair of Group 2 races as well as filling the runner up spot in the Gr.1 Prix Morny. That success was mirrored in the sales ring by the €130,000 price tag reached by a filly from Julie Mestrallet’s Haras de L’Aumonerie (lot 304), who represented a mighty pinhooking profit: she was picked up by Nicola Kent for €12,000 in the same ring at last year’s Breeding Stock Sale.

Amanda Skiffington, acting over the phone with trainer Fabrice Chappet, placed the winning bid over Marc Pimbonnet and declined to name her client.

The same connections were back in action a few minutes later to secure an Intello colt from the draft of Haras d’Etreham (lot 311) for €85,000, having tasted Gr.1 glory this season with another son of Intello, INTELLOGENT, who was bought by Skiffington on behalf of Fiona Carmichael.

Golden Horn filly to carry Montlahuc colours

Owner Steeve Burggraf, trainer Francis-Henri Graffard and agent Laurent Benoit have bought a number of future Group winners at ARQANA, headed by Prix de Diane runner-up HOMERIQUE, Stakes fillies HEURISTIQUE, HERMAPHRODITE, etc. The trio had to fight hard to secure another well-bred filly in a daughter of Golden Horn offered by Haras d’Etreham (lot 268). for €120,000. Her dam, the winning Dansili filly Rose Et Noire, is out of the Gr.1 heroine ROYAL HIGHNESS, from the family of WILD ILLUSION and ELECTROCUTIONIST.

We are trying something a bit new by putting our faith in a first season sire,” explained Laurent Benoit. “She is a beautiful filly from a top-class family and Dansili is a very good broodmare sire. She probably won’t be a two-year-old but that doesn’t worry us.”

No stopping Siyouni mania as Meautry filly commands €120,000

Progeny of the Aga Khan Studs‘ Siyouni consistantly draws swift competition in a sales ring and lot 238 proved no exception, prompting Paul Nataf to go to €120,000 to secure the Haras de Meautry offering. The bay is out of a full sister to the four-time Group 1 winner MEANDRE, meaning that she will have significant residual value when the times comes for her own breeding career.

She is for a client who already bought four yearlings at the August sale,” said Nataf. “She will stay in training in France and the plan is to breed from her eventually – we have been actively looking for a farm to buy in the area.”


The sale continues tomorrow at 11:00am with Part II