Pair of 80,000 lots top first day of Osarus Sale

This George Vancouver filly was one of two top lots at Osarus

PICTURE: RP GRAPHICS Pair of €80,000 lots share honours at Osarus
By Scott Burton at Osarus 8:32PM 14 SEP 2016

FRENCH table-topping sire Le Havre and first-crop stallion George Vancouver shared the limelight on day one of the Osarus Yearling September Sale, with the joint-top lots being knocked down for €80,000.

Le Havre's season has been marked by dual Classic heroine La Cressonniere and Haras de la Cauviniere's mainstay was responsible for the first €80,000 lot of the day, a filly out of Spanish Classic winner Golding Star offered by Charles Briere's Fairway Consignment.

Laurent Benoit of the Broadhurst Agency signed for the filly -already named Positive – whose second dam, Lencloitre, won the Listed Criterium de Lyon at two.

"She's a pretty spectacular filly by Le Havre with a great physique and is powerful behind," enthused Benoit.

"She's unlikely to be precocious but I was not concerned by that. She'll go into training in France and is for an existing client."

Liam Norris struck the winning bid for the George Vancouver filly sitting with owner Zorka Wentworth, who along with husband Charles has plenty of horses in training in Britain and is now set to invest in France.

A half-sister to Poule d'Essai des Poulains third Pornichet – who went on to land the Group 1 Doomben Cup when transferring to Australia – the filly was consigned by Haras d'Ommeel.

Norris said: "She's a lovely filly. I know the breeder, Hubert Honore, very well. I have a good owner in Zorka and we wanted to buy a nice filly.

"I think we've bought the best one here. Hopefully she will go to a good French trainer."

The filly was the best seller for Haras de la Hetraie's George Vancouver, who had seven progeny go through the ring during the first day of two sessions.

Pair of €77,000 lots snapped up

Honore's Haras d'Ommeel also bred a Siyouni filly knocked down to Paul Basquin – whose Haras du Saubouas is one of south-west France's most successful pinhooking operations – for €77,000.

The filly is out of a winning daughter from multiple black-type producer Saquiace, who is best known in Britain and Ireland for David Wachman's Blenheim Stakes winner, What's Up Pussycat.

Basquin said: "She's a very nice yearling by Siyouni, who does particularly well with fillies. She's from a good family on the dam's side and moved well. She isn't necessarily a breeze-up prospect."

Basquin also paid €48,000 for a daughter of Haras de Montaigu's stallion Literato, a sister to the talented Moonlight In Paris.

A winning bid of €77,000 was also made by Guy Pariente's Haras de Colleville team for a half-sister to Tierra Del Fuego by Evasive.

Tierra Del Fuego earned her own black type this season under the tutelage of George Mikhalides and shares second dam Rainbow Lake with none other than Kind, the dam of Frankel.

"I was underbidder on Tierra Del Fuego and we wanted to buy into that exceptional female line," said Colleville's Guillaume Vitse.

"It's a pedigree which should work well with Kendargent. She walked well and was correct so we are very happy. She will be trained by Philippe Sogorb."

Despite torrential rain early in the session and a slow start featuring several decent-priced buy-backs, there was a 78 per cent clearance rate on the day, with 105 lots sold.

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