Arqana October ends with rise in figures

Arqana: trade over the four days saw turnover increase by 25 per cent

PICTURE: Patrick McCann ( Arqana October Yearling Sale ends with figures up
By Scott Burton in Deauville 5:01PM 21 OCT 2016

WITH only 82 lots catalogued for Friday's final day of the Arqana October Yearling Sale, which produced fewer fireworks than the three previous sessions, nothing could take the gloss off a successful week, with turnover reaching just shy of €20 million, a 25 per cent increase on 2015.

Arqana president Eric Hoyeau said: "We have really broken a new barrier this week. We always aim to consolidate the business and obviously you like to exceed the previous year's figures. But this is a fantastic result, brought about by a combination of a high quality selection of horses and the recent crop of big race winners to have come from this sale."

Hoyeau said that the international nature of the clientele on the grounds in Deauville this week proved that the October sale was now widely recognised, and pointed to the buying activity of Sun Bloodstock, Al Shaqab and Prime Equestrian among others.

The number of lots making €100,000 or more doubled from 23 in 2015 to 46 this week.

Taking Arqana's flagship August Yearling Sale and the last four days together, the year to date has seen a three per cent increase in turnover and a highly respectable 78 per cent clearance rate.

Sageburg colt heads Friday's trade

With many of the pinhookers and foreign buyers having moved on there was a distinctly domestic flavour to the day's trade, which was topped at €38,000 by a Sageburg colt consigned by the Haras des Evees.

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The winning bid was given by Marc-Antoine Berghracht, who said: "Sageburg is doing well, even though he has gone off to Ireland as a dual-purpose stallion. The colt will be trained by Mauricio Delcher-Sanchez in Chantilly for a Spanish client. He looks every inch a two-year-old and has a good profile."

Herve Bunel of Agence FIPS paid €30,000 early in the session for a daughter of Dream Ahead, whose profile in Deauville was boosted on Thursday when Al Wukair marked himself down as a Classic contender for 2017 with an impressive success in the Listed Prix Isonomy for Andre Fabre and Al Shaqab Racing.

Haras de Grandcamp's filly is out of the Exceed And Excel mare Excellent Girl, who finished third in the Prix Cleopatre and fourth in the Prix Saint-Alary when trained by Yves de Nicolay.

"She was the nicest filly in the sale today and her two-year-old filly Khyrova [by Canford Cliffs] is in training with Jean-Claude Rouget, which is an advantage," said Bunel.

"The dam was Group 1 placed and hails from a very active family. I bought her mostly on physique and she should be a ready-made two-year-old."

Gauvin sticks with what he knows

Jean-Pierre Gauvin was on the mark at €26,000 for a colt by Pedro The Great from a family the trainer knows well.

"I had a very good horse back in the female side called Azrou, owned by my old boss, Monsieur Bedel, who won 13 times and ran up until the age of 12," said Gauvin.

"I've also had plenty of success buying in the past from Haras de Maulepaire. He is very athletic and really caught my eye."

Gauvin will be hoping that Siljan's Saga – the first horse home in the Arc not to be trained by Aidan O'Brien – can break her Group 1 duck in the Prix Royal-Oak on Sunday.

He is probably best-known for his handling of 2012 Prix du Jockey-Club winner Saonois, whose first crop are now yearlings.

The son of Chichicastenango stands at Haras du Mesnil, who catalogued two of his yearlings this week through the Channel Consignment, both of which were bought by Gauvin.

"The first is a real two-year-old type with a good backend and is built for speed," said Gauvin. "The second is bigger and will probably need a bit more time, while Saonois himself was somewhere between the two."

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