In-form Rouget to train Arqana session-topper

The Acclamation filly sold to Nicolas de Watrigant for €320,000

PICTURE: APRH In-form Rouget to train Arqana session-topper By Scott Burton 8:41PM 16 AUG 2016

JEAN-CLAUDE ROUGET'S outstanding season looks likely to have spawned several new relationships, judging by the action during a lively Part II of the Arqana August Yearling sale on Tuesday.

Notably Rouget will train the €320,000 session-topper, an Acclamation filly from the family of the great Miesque presented by Ecurie des Monceaux.

Nicolas de Watrigant made the winning bid and said: "She's a real race horse and Jean-Claude Rouget will train her. She moves well and with that family we have every right to dream."

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Both that purchase and a €140,000 Motivator filly from the family of Silver Pond were secured by De Watrigant on behalf of Urban Sea's trainer Jean Lesbordes, whose client was described as being "Chinese-based"

Bred and consigned by Haras du Quesnay – who stand Motivator – the March filly is bred on the same lines as Treve.

"I bought her on behalf of Jean Lesbordes for a Chinese-based client. She is a good looking filly with a lot of presence and has the magic cross [with Anabaa]," said Watrigant.

First-season fireworks from Intello and Camelot

The sale provided endorsement from buyers for first-season sires Intello and Camelot, who both finished in the top five over the three days.

Winner of the 2013 Prix du Jockey Club for Andre Fabre and the Wertheimer brothers, Intello accounted for the two of the top three lots on Tuesday.

Sitting with Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, Pierre-Yves Bureau went to €300,000 to secure a filly out of the Listed winner Mary's Precedent presented by Haras du Cadran, whose recent successes include Coronation Stakes and Prix Rothschild heroine Qemah.

"She is a very good-looking filly who we liked a lot," said Bureau. "She was one of our two favourite Intellos. She is out of a young mare and from a breeder who you could say is in form."

Intello conceived his first crop at Cheveley Park Stud before moving to France and the Head family's Haras du Quesnay.

"We are very happy to buy her and of course it is very good news that Intello has had such good results," said Bureau.

An Intello colt out of Prix Allez France-placed Rock My Soul presented by Haras du Mezeray will be trained in Britain after Matt Coleman signed at €215,000.

"We thought he was the best horse of the day and pretty much the best Intello we have seen," said Coleman, who was acting on behalf of an existing client of partner Anthony Stroud.

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"He's the first foal of a good racemare and it is that Galileo-Danehill cross again. We are hoping he might make up into a middle distance Classic horse one day and he is from a very good farm."

Camelot proves popular

Rouget admitted he was taking a gamble on 2012 Derby winner Camelot, after signing for a €160,000 filly from Antoine Lepeudry.
The page featured recent Royal Hunt Cup winner Portage and further back Arc hero Rail Link.

"My whole list is full of Camelot, it's a gamble," said Rouget, who would not comment on which silks would be carried but who was standing with Paul Shanaghan and MV Magnier from Coolmore at the conclusion of business.

"She is a lovely filly and I have bought six or seven Camelots so we will see if it pays off. I've liked what he's got so far. But it's always a risk with a first season sire."

Later Charlie Gordon-Watson added to the Pau handler's haul of Camelot yearlings when paying €200,000 for a colt out of former Rouget inmate Amourette, who was placed in the Listed Grand Criterium de Bordeaux.

Gordon-Watson said: "He's a quality horse and we like Camelot a lot. This horse has something of Montjeu about him and he's going to improve physically. He's a very good mover and the client is new to the trainer."

First of many for Bated Breath?

Camas Park and Glenvale Studs made a notable impact when their Bated Breath colt – the only one catalogued on the day – was snapped up by the Hong Kong Jockey Club for €260,000.

Juddmonte's sophomore stallion already has the dual Group 2-placed Al Johrah as a flagbearer for his first crop.

"I would see him as being an ideal type for the future for Hong Kong," said Mark Richards of the HKJC. "I think Dansili is a great sire of sires already and I think his fast sons are as good as all the rest.

"As far as I'm concerned I hope this might be the first of many [Bated Breaths] that we pick up for Hong Kong. I loved the way he was put together and I never saw him put a foot out of place."

Carmichael returns to the source of success

Fiona Carmichael has the unbeaten Escobar to carry her colours this season and will be sending more talent the way of his trainer, Hugo Palmer, after parting with €140,000 for a Le Havre colt from the draft of the Haras de l'Hotellerie.

"He is such a lovely mover and his temperament seemed good," said Carmichael. "I've bought one here for the last five or six years and we bought Toronado here. We bought lot 84 [an Intello colt] here on Sunday who will stay in France with Nicolas Clement."

Lerners playing at the top end

Carlos and Yann Lerner made three high-profile purchases and can look forward to an exciting 2017 at their Maisons-Laffitte training base.

The father and son training partnership struck early with the €180,000 purchase of a Siyouni filly out of Gribatune, a well-bred mare descended from Prix Morny winner Princeline.

"I loved her when I saw her Haras des Capucines and she has really developed between then and the sale," said Yann Lerner. "You have the right to dream when you get a filly like that."

The same price secured a Le Havre filly consigned by Eric Lhermite who will race in partnership for Martina Stadelmann Lucien Urano.

Yann Lerner said: "Sincerely to me she was the most beautiful filly of the day. She moves very easily and walked well and on top of that she is by Le Havre. It was the model more than the page. She has a good pedigree but more than anything it is her extraordinary physique."

And in a new departure Carlos Lerner took a half share with Gerard Augustin-Normand in a €200,000 Teofilo colt from the draft of the Haras de la Louviere.

Pleasing indicators

With a €2.6 million top lot 2015 was always going to be a hard act to follow but both the median for the Arqana August Yearling Sale – which breached six figures for the first time – and the clearance rate were up on last year.

The depth of competition was illustrated by the fact 11 buyers went above €1m in purchases while four breached the €2m mark, including Rouget, who was the second biggest spender at the sale behind Shadwell.

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