Rajsaman filly on top at second day of Arqana

The Rajsaman filly who was bought by Prime Equestrain for €200,000

PICTURE: Zuzanna Lupa Rajsaman filly on top at second day of Arqana
By Scott Burton in Deauville 7:47PM 19 OCT 2016

A FIERCE battle late in the day for a Rajsaman filly ensured that the first session of part two of the Arqana October Yearling Sale finished with a bang on Wednesday, as Prime Equestrian came out on top at €200,000.

With Tony Forde, Sylvain Vidal and Ghislaine Bozo among a coterie of underbidders, Prime were adding to their high-priced purchases in part one on Tuesday.

Prime maintained their policy of non-comment but the sale marked a stunning success for Charles Briere's fledgling Fairway Consignment.

On a page packed with black type, the filly boasts Group 3 winner Celtic Rock and Listed scorer Fresles as siblings.

"She might have been a little overlooked if she had gone in part one but, with her page and the performance of Rajsaman so far, she needed to be seen," said Briere, who is only in his second full year operating.

"I've had quite a bit of luck with La Cauviniere stallions because I also sold the top-priced lot on the first day of Osarus with a Le Havre filly. The Siyouni filly we sold this week was our most expensive horse before this."

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Motivator and Anabaa cross popular

Five years ago this week Treve was led out of this ring having been bought back by Haras du Quesnay at €22,000.

A filly from the same source and boasting the same Motivator and Anabaa cross led the "best of the rest" by some distance at €90,000.

The filly's half-brother, High Dynamite, finished second in the Prix de Noailles last season and it was agent Jeremy Brummitt who had the final say.

"I find it very hard not to buy a filly that can walk like that," said Brummitt. "I'm sure someone will tell me, there must have been one good Motivator out of an Anabaa mare? She will stay here and will be trained in Chantilly."

Among a glut of lots filling the podium places, Jim McCartan will take a Le Havre filly back to Gaybrook Lodge to prepare for next May's Breeze-Up sale here, after paying €67,000 and the same price was paid by Tina Rau for yet another filly, this time by Authorized out of the Fantastic Light mare Diamond Light.

The top-priced colt on the day was by Haras de la Hetraie's first-crop sire, George Vancouver, and at €65,000 represented a decent return on his €6,000 covering fee.

Offered by Haras de Grandcamp and a half-brother to Got Fly – a Listed winner in both France and Hong Kong – the colt was bought by Chantilly-based, Italian-born trainer Andrea Marcealis.

"I like him [George Vancouver] as a new stallion," said Marcealis. "He is a beautiful horse and I thought I might get him for €50,000. He will go to Italy to be broken and I will train him in Chantilly. I have 60 horses in training in Italy and 15 here."

Nicolas Clement was almost inevitably involved when the hammer fell at €60,000 for an Orpen half-sister to Poule d'Essai runner-up Prestige Vendome as well as Style Vendome, who went one better in the colt's Classic for the Chantilly trainer.

The filly will carry the colours of US owner-breeder Deborah Norton, who said: "Nicolas was in love with her and it was more him pushing it. But I trust his judgement. She had enough pedigree that, if she is any good, she could be a good broodmare, which is important."

Figures compared to the same day last year fell back slightly, with a 13 per cent drop in turnover, though the average price held up and the median price actually increased.

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