Classy Frankel filly Toulifaut sells for 1.9m

Toulifaut: Frankel filly won the Group 3 Prix d'Aumale

PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos) Toulifaut sells to Yoshida for €1.9m at Arc Sale
By Lizzy Sainty in Chantilly 8:00PM 1 OCT 2016

TOULIFAUT, an unbreaten, Group 3-winning daughter of Frankel, lived up to her star billing at the Arqana Arc Sale in Chantilly on Saturday night when selling for a blockbuster €1.9 million.

The winner of the Group 3 Prix d'Aumale and favourite for Sunday's Prix Marcel Boussac was purchased by Emmanuel de Seroux of Narvick International on behalf of Japan's Katsumi Yoshida.

De Seroux said: "There's not much to say – she is very good, by Frankel and from an excellent family. She was the one we wanted.

"We will discuss with her new owner as to her future career, but we expect her to run in the Marcel Boussac."

Toulifaut, a three-parts sister to Group 3 winner Ernest Hemingway bred by Barronstown Stud, was not sold as a yearling for 285,000gns at Tattersalls, before entering training with Jean-Claude Rouget for Andrew-James Smith.

Her sister is up for grabs as lot 522 in the consignment of Barronstown Stud at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale this week.

Spain to America

Another high-class two-year-old filly in the Arc Sale catalogue, Spain Burg, also commanded a seven-figure price.

The daughter of Sageburg, trained by Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte to beat Fair Eva to win the Rockfel Stakes last month, sold to US owner Dean Reeves of Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, who was standing with agent Jamie Lloyd, for €1.5m.

Spain Burg will now head stateside, where she will run in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf.

She was a first-ever purchase in Europe for Reeves, who said that he had been very impressed by her determination when coming up the hill at Newmarket to win the Rockfel.

Reeves has 12 horses in training in the US, spread between Gulfstream and Kentucky.

Qataris lock horns

Three-year-old colt Thewayyouwish, again from the stable of Rouget, sold to Chantilly Bloodstock Agency for €625,000 after a prolonged bidding war between two Qatari interests.

In the end it was Gerard Larrieu, sitting next to Jassim Al Ghazali, who came out on top.

The Arc Sale has been a happy hunting ground for Al Ghazali, with his Emirs Trophy winner The Blue Eye bought there for €400,000 two years ago and Qatar Derby scorer Dubday bought for €200,000 in 2013.

Thewayyouwish won the Listed Coupe de Marseille at Cagnes-sur-Mer last time out and was also second in the Group 2 Prix Hocquart at Deauville in August.

Larrieu said: "I bought him for the same client that I bought The Blue Eye and Dubday for at this sale, Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari.

"He wanted this colt to run in the Qatar Derby, but there were two of us on him, hence the price!"

Tough Tango set for Qatar Oaks

Mango Tango, who had finished fourth in the Group 2 Prix de Royallieu for Pascal Bary earlier in the day, was knocked down for €400,000 to Abdulatif Al Emadi, and will also head to Qatar, with the country's Oaks as a possible target.

Her future trainer Ibrahim Al Malki said: "She is a tough filly, and I liked her attitude. She will do well in Qatar."

Three-year-old filly Mango Tango, a daughter of Siyouni, was also second in the Group 2 Prix de Pomone and Group 3 Prix Cleopatre.

Banzari bonanza for Hillen

Banzari, winner of the Group 2 La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte on her last start, was sold to James Delahooke and US celebrity chef Bobby Flay for €400,000.

Formerly a useful performer in Britain for Michael Bell, the four-year-old Motivator filly was bought by Stephen Hillen for just 24,000gns at Tattersalls last year and sent to up-and-coming Chantilly trainer Henri-Francois Devin.

Flay said: "We liked the page and the pedigree. She has improved all year, and her trainer has done a really good job with her. We will take her to Canada and run her in the EP Taylor Stakes."

Figures up
At the close of the boutique sale, held this year in the historic yard owned by Robert Collet in Chantilly, 29 horses from 43 offered (67 per cent) had sold for turnover of €8,474,000 (an increase of nine per cent from 2015).

The average price rose year-on-year by 20 per cent to €292,207, while the median improved to €135,000 from €120,000.

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