Galileo filly tops second day of Arqana at 1.4m

The Galileo filly out of Prudenzia was the third lot through the ring

PICTURE: Patrick McCann ( Galileo filly tops second day of Arqana at €1.4m
By Martin Stevens 8:18PM 15 AUG 2016

COOLMORE and Mayfair Speculators have an exciting two-year-old on their hands in wide-margin Leopardstown maiden winner Douglas Macarthur, a brother to Oaks heroine Was, and the partnership was stocking up on more superbly bred Galileo stock in the second session of the Arqana August Yearling Sale in Deauville on Monday.

Just three lots into proceedings they struck at €1.4 million for a half-sister to Irish Oaks winner Chicquita from Ecurie des Monceaux.


Remarkably, she was the fourth yearling out of Prudenzia, a Listed-winning daughter of Dansili and Monceaux foundation mare Platonic, to sell as a yearling for a seven-figure price in Deauville.

Her first foal Chicquita made €600,000 before her Classic success, which upgraded her value to €6m when sold as a broodmare, and she was followed by other Galileo fillies Sinnamary and Truth, who made €1.1m and €1m, and the Invincible Spirit colt Craven's Legend, who sold for €1.1m.

Altogether, Prudenzia's Deauville yearlings have generated receipts of €5.2m; Monceaux bought Platonic carrying Prudenzia for 100,000gns at Tattersalls in 2004.

The Coolmore and Mayfair Speculators teams did not move after signing the docket for that yearling, as just two lots later they spent €650,000 on another Galileo filly from Monceaux, this one a daughter of the Group 3-winning Gone West mare Quetsche.

Peter Doyle, who acts for Mayfair Speculators, spoke on behalf of the powerful axis when he said: "They've both been bought for the partnership between Mayfair Speculators and Coolmore. Both fillies are gorgeous individuals.

"We'll have to decide on which filly goes where, we're not sure yet. At the moment we have a number of trainers – David Wachman, Aidan O'Brien, Andre Fabre, Nicolas Clement, Richard Hannon, William Haggas – but we're still to work it all out."

The identity of the underbidders on both fillies demonstrated Galileo's international allure. Barry Weisbord and James Delahooke, acting for US celebrity chef Bobby Flay, came out second best on the half-sister to Chicquita, while Hubie de Burgh, standing with Australian John Camilleri, breeder of outstanding racemare Winx, was pipped to the filly out of Quetsche.

Frankel fever is catching

Yearlings by Galileo's exciting young sire son Frankel continued to be in strong demand in the second session, having supplied the top lot late on day one in the shape of a €850,000 half-brother to Group 3-placed La Peinture bought by Angus Gold for Shadwell.

Frankel also illustrated the global cachet his name holds when Japanese buyers went to €600,000 to secure his daughter out of Sasuela, a winning half-sister to German Classic winners Salve Regina, Samum and Schiaparelli and already the dam of Group 1 winner Seismos and a former €1.2m Arqana August top lot in the unbeaten Fadillah.

Agent Takashi Iiyama, who signed the docket, said: "She's going back to Japan where Keiji Yoshimura will train her. My owner – Kenji Ryotokuji – is starting his own breeding operation so she's been bought with that in mind.

"She's not the biggest but she's very well put together. I saw Frankel in Newmarket and he's similar – good bodied and a nice mover.

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"This is my first time in Deauville – there's nice weather, nice restaurants and a lot of good horses so I'm very happy."

The Frankel filly provided yet another sale highlight for vendor Ecurie des Monceaux.

Jean-Jacques Taieb of Hspirit also dug deep for a Frankel yearling, going to €520,000 for a colt who is the first foal out of Restiadargent, a Group 2 winner who was just half a length behind the legendary Black Caviar when third in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

"We were underbidder on the top lot from yesterday – these Frankels are proving very difficult to buy," reported Taieb, who with Hspirit has campaigned high-class horses such as Silverwave and Spiritjim. "The one last night was more of a Classic type but this one is much more of a two-year-old.

"He's not overly big but he's got very good conformation. Obviously the mare was very good too."

Pascal Bary will train the colt.

The vendor was Haras de Colleville, which bred and raced Restiadargent, a daughter of its own rags-to-riches stallion Kendargent.

Brown's in town

John Gosden will be the recipient of the Le Havre brother to this year's dual French Classic heroine La Cressonniere, offered by the Coulonces Consignment on behalf of breeder Gerard Augustin-Normand, after Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock had the final say on the colt at €520,000.

"The pedigree is pretty obvious – he's a full-brother to a Classic winner," reported Brown. "I'm a big fan of the stallion and I loved him as an individual – I've seen him a number of times. John will train him and he liked the horse very much as well. I'm delighted to get him."

Brown also signed at €500,000 on behalf of an existing client for a Lope De Vega sister to Prix Djebel winner Ride Like The Wind, bred by SF Bloodstock and another from Monceaux.

Brown knows the family well, as he explained: "I love the stallion, she's a sister to a decent sort and Ariege [a Santa Anitak Oaks winner who is a half-sister to the dam] was the first Grade 1 winner I bought.

"The filly is a big, strong, imposing type with a great action and it is a great family for fillies."

Teofilo to the fore

A more established son of Galileo than Frankel had a good result when Haras de Chevotel's Teofilo half-sister to Group winners Tres Blue and Tres Rock Danon was knocked down to Gold for a round €500,000.

Gold reported: "She's a lovely filly, very athletic. Obviously she's going to stay, being by Teofilo out of a Monsun mare, but I thought she had real quality and for a filly like that, she looked to have a bit of something about her.

"The dam's done very well, she's an old mare but this certainly isn't an old mare's foal. She has a lovely attitude, thoroughly genuine. All the trainers loved her so I'm thrilled to buy her."

As the sale drew to a close Gold also gave €500,000 for a Haras du Mezeray-consigned Redoute's Choice filly out of a sister to Grade 3 winner Cox Orange and half-sister to Prix Marcel Boussac scorer Amonita.

"We really liked her as an individual, she's a nice, scopey filly from one of the best Mezeray pedigrees," said Gold. "She's got a very strong female family further back and she's by one of the great stallions of the world.

"We've had a lot of luck with Redoute's Choice in Australia. We also bred seven mares to him a few years ago to northern hemisphere time and brought them back here and four of them won stakes races. We haven't seen that many Redoute's Choices in Europe but the ones we've had, we've had a lot of luck with and hopefully we can do it again.

Average and median down

Over the first two premier days of trade, 140 lots from 172 offered changed hands for a clearance rate of 81 per cent – up from 77 per cent last year.

Turnover excluding private sales clocked in at €29,861,000, down five per cent from 2015, while the average dropped 14 per cent to €213,293.

The median fell to €150,000 from €160,000 in the preceding year.

The August Sale continues with a Part II session starting at 1pm local time (noon BST) on Tuesday.

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