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A Group 1 update helped propel the highest price on day three of the October Yearling Sale close to record levels and was exemplary of figures generally holding steady. Over the catalogue’s two-day Part II, the average price rose 1.5% from last year’s renewal to reach €30,335 and the clearance rate almost held up at 79%, while a slightly smaller catalogue resulted in the aggregate losing 10%.

Lily’s sister, Griezmann’s goal

Elevage de Tourgeville’s daughter of American Post out of Golden Lily (lot 436) enjoyed one of the most significant updates in the sale when her year-older half-sister LILY’S CANDLE, a Listed winner when the catalogue went to press, took the Gr.1 Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac by storm, less than 24h after having been purchased by Martin Schwartz at the Arc Sale.

Antoine Lepeudry had gone to great lengths to breed the ageing Golden Lily to American Post, in a bid to take advantage of the family’s amazing affinity with the son of Bering. While Golden Lily never saluted the judge, her half-sisters LILISIDE and LILY AMERICA, both by American Post, became Stakes winners and ROBIN OF NAVAN, by American Post out of another half-sister, won the Gr.1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud and two more Pattern races.

However, after several years at Haras d’Etreham, the former Poule d’Essai des Poulains scorer had somewhat gone out of fashion and been sold to Haras de Treban in central France. It thus took a long drive on the lorry to produce lot 436, as well as a bit of luck for American Post died accidentally only a few weeks after conceiving the filly.

Such efforts were rewarded when Marc-Antoine Berghgracht, Eric Puerari and Philippe Decouz locked horns around the ring until the latter emerged victorious with a bid of €230,000 on behalf of World Cup winning footballer Antoine Griezmann. “She is a very racy filly with great limbs and a bit of stretch, and obviously the family has worked tremendously with American Post”, commented the Lyon-based handler. Decouz notably trained Griezmann’s TORNIBUSH, another October Yearling Sale graduate, to win the Gr.3 Prix du Pin a few weeks ago thus becoming the footballer’s first Group winner.

€125,000 Wootton Bassett filly to Alex Elliott

Agent Alex Elliott struck gold last year at the October Yearling Sale, signing a €85,000 docket for a son of Reliable Man on behalf of a syndicate of Michael Bell’s. He later reported to have received a lukewarm feedback from the boss, whose brief was to find an early type who would be aimed at winning the October Yearling Sale Criterium, but the colt, named MASTER BREWER, fulfilled the script in exemplary fashion, scoring by 3 lengths at ParisLongchamp on Arc eve.

Elliott sensibly returned to the well this time around, although not for the same owners, and his pick was a Wootton Bassett filly (lot 386) from Tangi Saliou’s Haras de la Haie Neuve. “She is a gorgeous filly who oozed class”, expressed the agent. “We will take her to Ireland first but I am not sure about training plans yet”.

€85,000 Sea The Moon colt added to John Foote’s haul

Australian agent John Foote has been busy all week looking for future stayers to race Down Under but this Sea The Moon colt (lot 374) from Haras de Bourgeauville won’t have very far to travel to reach his training base as he will join the local stables of Stephanie Nigge, who trains a number of horses for Gerry Ryan. The €85,000 purchase is the first foal out the winning Teofilo mare BELLE AMBRE, from the family that has produced TELLURIDE, WITH YOU, WE ARE, LILY’S ANGEL, TEPPAL et al.

The same price tag was matched by a Siyouni colt (lot 416) from the draft of Haras d’Ellon who was knocked down to agent Paul Nataf. The May-born foal is out of the Gr.3 Prix des Réservoirs heroine ESPIRITA, with Reprocolor as the fourth dam.

New agent strikes for €82,000 Anodin colt

After several years of shuttling between his native France and Australia as Louis Le Métayer’s assistant, Nicolas Lefevre decided to branch out on his own and recently set up his own bloodstock agency named Equos Racing International. His most significant purchase to date came in the shape of an Anodin colt (lot 420) from the draft of Haras du Hoguenet who will be reoffered at the 2019 breeze up sales on behalf of an Irish partnership.

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