Le Havre filly grabs limelight at Osarus

This Le Havre filly is only the second six-figure lot in the history of the sale Le Havre filly grabs limelight at Osarus
By Scott Burton at Osarus 7:52PM 15 SEP 2016

THE combination of France's leading sire and a page stocked with Niarchos royalty propelled a Le Havre filly consigned by Haras des Granges to the top spot on day two of the Osarus September Yearling Sale on Thursday.

Standing with Sylvain Vidal of Haras de la Cauviniere, Alban Chevalier du Fau signed at €110,000, only the second six-figure lot in the nine year history of this yearling sale.

Out of the Listed-placed mare Talwin, the filly is from the family of Light Shift, Shiva and Main Sequence.

Speaking in his role as racing manager to Le Havre's owner, Gerard Augustin-Normand, Vidal said: "She's for Gerard and a new associate. She's a beautiful filly, very athletic and I think she looks like La Cressonniere. She's a filly from a very good female line although she resembles her sire. Given that he is an improver of stock she has a lot going for her."

Across the two days the four progeny of Le Havre grossed €285,000 for their vendors.

A colt by the sire from the Haras de la Hotellerie's consignment will be trained in Britain after Nicolas de Watrigant parted with €57,000.

"He will go to Richard Hannon, who has taken him on spec," said de Watrigant. "He is by Le Havre, who is among the leading sires in Europe and is perhaps on his way to becoming the leading sire in Europe. He is a super individual and has all the quality you'd want in a racehorse."

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Out of the Galileo mare Borghesa and belonging to the same Gestut Ammerland female line as Borgia and Boreal, the filly from Haras de Montaigu's draft made €87,000.

A first time visitor to Osarus, Norbert Leenders struck the winning bid and said: "My client called me and asked if I would look at the filly and I was pleased with what I saw. She is for Hubert Cerruti of Ecurie Cerdeval. She was a bit more than we wanted to pay."

Quesnay's success with one of their own

Haras du Quesnay scored a notable success with a son of their own stallion, Fuisse, who was knocked down to Federico Barberini for €62,000.

The colt is out of the Anabaa mare Sea Life, whose Panis colt Sea Trial was a multiple stakes winner for trainer Criquette Head-Maarek and is closely related to the smart Mark Johnston performer, Fire Fighting.

Another first-time buyer at the sale, Barberini bought the colt to be trained in Britain.

Barberini said: "He's just a gorgeous horse. I thought he was the nicest individual at the sale and I think everyone liked him. Fuisse might not be an obvious choice but he's clearly capable of getting a standout individual like this. He's such a good-looking horse and when you translate that into sterling and you see what you could buy back home for this sort of money, I would say he's not bad value."

Meridian International's Ghislain Bozo missed out on the Fuisse but was not to be denied when striking at €40,000 for the very next lot, a Myboycharlie colt presented by the Fairway Consignment.

"I like that the mare is by Linamix and I found him to be a quality colt with a good head, while Myboycharlie is getting good results," he said.

Wootton Bassett and French Fifteen offspring snapped up

Alongside Le Havre's La Cressonniere, Jean-Claude Rouget's other Classic-winning three-year-old in 2016, Almanzor, has become a potent advert for his sire, Wootton Bassett.

Paul Basquin of Haras du Saubouas went to €45,000 for a filly by the Haras d'Etreham stallion, out of a Keltos mare from the family of dual Group 3-winning sprinter, Tenue De Soiree.

"She is a very chic filly and her two-year-old sister has recently won," said Basquin. "She's by a nice stallion who is very much in view at the moment."

Stephanie Nigge paid €35,000 for a colt from Haras de Laumare by freshman sire French Fifteen.

"He is my first yearling by French Fifteen. I have liked what I have seen of French Fifteen and have tried to buy several."

And Marc-Antoine Bergracht secured for owner Tony Forde a €35,000 colt by Myboycharlie, who will go into training alongside his Elusive City brother with Mauricio Delcher Sanchez.

Bergracht topped the buying charts for the sale, spending €297,000 for 11 lots.

Improvement in figures

The clearance rate improved on day two though the figure for the sale of 73 per cent still represented a decline on 2015, due in part to the addition of 40 lots this year.

Overall turnover was also slightly down at €3,586,000, though Osarus director Emmanuel Viard said he believed that the profile of the sale continues to grow.

"This is a long term project and we are only in our ninth year so it will take time," said Viard. "A couple of foreign buyers who have previously supported us were not here so it was good to see others come for the first time, such as Federico Barberini and George Baker."

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