McManus buy tops Arqana yearling trade

The son of Saint Des Saints bought by JP McManus for €125,000

PICTURE: APRH McManus purchase tops Arqana yearling trade By Scott Burton 9:07PM 15 NOV 2016

PRODUCE of top sires Saint Des Saints and Kapgarde were in demand as the focus moved to jumps-bred yearlings in the second session of the Arqana Autumn sale on Tuesday.

As with the horses in training session on day one, it was the buying power of JP McManus that set the pace, with Charlie Swan and Hubert Barbe stretching to €125,000 for Hamel Stud's son of Saint Des Saints, Mocacreme Has.

Out of the Dernier Empereur mare Monika – herself a Listed winner at Auteuil – Mocacreme Has is a brother to two winners of the Prix Wild Risk.

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Swan described the colt as: "a nice individual with a good pedigree", while Barbe added: "He was one of the best in the catalogue and it is not easy to buy these horses."

Guillaume Macaire was the last to give way on that Saint Des Saints but was not to be denied for another son of the Haras d'Etreham resident, presented by Haras des Brousses.

Macaire went to €100,000 for the colt, who is out of a Flat Listed winner in Playact, whose War Chant gelding Pierrot Lunaire won Aintree's Top Novice Hurdle for Paul Nicholls back in 2008.

Earlier Macaire sat with Benoit Gabeur and Xavier Papot, successful bidders at €115,000 for Blue Silver, a Blue Bresil half-brother to the top two-mile chaser Golden Silver.

Bred by the Haras de la Croix Sonnet, Blue Silver's maternal family boasts top Flat performers such as Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Torrestrella and Intilaaq.

Kapgarde riding high

The McManus team were also at the forefront of a wave of high-priced successes for Haras de la Hetraie's stallion Kapgarde, whose flagbearer Milord Thomas recently completed a hat-trick of victories in the Grade 1 Prix La Haye Jousselin.

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Barbe and Swan went to €75,000 for Milreu Has, who is closely related to L'Antartique, a Cheltenham specialist for the Durkan family and trainer Ferdy Murphy.

Milreu Has was another success for Hamel Stud and is a half-brother to the Turgeon gelding Mukonzi Has, a winner over hurdles and fences at Auteuil for Marcel Rolland.

Barbe said of Milreu Has: "He has a good page, is by Kapgarde and and a very good-looking horse. JP has one other Kapgarde who ran at Auteuil but is yet to run in Britain. This horse is from a good jumping family and he has everything. He isn't too heavy and is very athletic."

Nick and Jane Williams will also be taking home a Kapgarde after signing at €50,000 for a colt from the family of the dual Listed winner Liska's Dance, consigned by Antoine Lepeudry's Elevage de Tourgeville.

The purchase was well timed for new owner Robert Foster, whose colours were carried into the runner up spot at Cheltenham on Saturday by Diable De Sivola.

Jane Williams said: "We're thrilled with him. It is unfortunate it was early in the catalogue but there were only two or three we were interested in buying. That was about what the owner was happy to pay and I think he is a really good horse for the price. I love the family – there's jumping and quality Flat in there – and he looks the part so we're really excited."

The husband and wife team also struck at €52,000 for a Martaline half-brother to Pont Alexandre.

"He is for the same owners as [Betfair Hurdle winner] Agrapart," said Nick Williams. "It's a really strong page with black type throughout. It is a solid family and he has size and bone so it was really hard to pick holes in him. I thought he might have gone a bit higher than €52,000. It has been strong at the top but there hasn't been much of a middle."

Haras du Saubouas invests in jumping stock

Paul Basquin's southwestern nursery may be more readily associated with its breeze-up operation but Saubouas struck for two high-profile lots, one each by Kapgarde and Saint Des Saints.

Basquin signed at €55,000 for Rocheston, a Kapgarde colt out of the Nikos mare Ravna, a winner at both Enghien and Auteuil.

Bred by the Haras du Camp Bernard, all five of Rocheston's siblings to run have won, while further back in the family can be found the Willie Mullins-trained chasers Djakadam and Sabremont

"It is a good family and that farm has already produced a very good-looking filly out of Russian Taiga in training at two with Guillaume Macaire called Chante Neige," said Basquin.

"The dam gets good horses and it is a very good jumping page all the way down. I have bought him for Genetique Obstacle with whom the Haras du Saubouas have a partnership and most of them go into training with Guillaume Macaire."

Barely a quarter of an hour later Basquin was again the man to come out on top, securing Sainte Corneille, whose dam is a half-sister to the great jumping mare Turgot, a dual Grade 1 winner over fences at Auteuil for Magalene Bryant and Jehan Bertran de Balanda.

Basquin said: "Saint Des Saints is a top stallion and it is a good family. There is a good young mother there who has been well-covered while her sistres have been good broodmares. He walked well and I liked his attitude."

Slight retreat on 12 months ago

Trade was broadly on a par with the same session in 2015, with a slight dip in the clearance rate from 70 to 68 per cent contributing to a fall in turnover of €226,500.

The top end of the market remained strong, with ten lots reaching €50,000 or more (as compared to 11 last year).

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