Siyouni colt leads the way in Arqana finale

Siyouni: the exciting sire's stock was in demand at Arqana

PICTURE: Zoe Vicarage Siyouni colt leads the way in Arqana finale By Scott Burton 8:12PM 16 NOV 2016

ON A day that Arqana announced it would conduct further online auctions of a share in both Siyouni and Le Havre, that pair of stallions accounted for the top two lots during Wednesday's final session of the Autumn sale.

Bidding on behalf of Powerstown Stud, Marco Bozzi gave €90,000 for a son of Siyouni, more than double the highest price achieved in either of the two editions since the sale was extended to three days in 2014.

Bred by the Haras de l'Hotellerie, the colt is out of a winning daughter of Starborough, Storma, and is a half-brother to Coup De Theatre, winner of Listed Prix Omnium II and third in Prix Jean Prat.

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"I bought him on behalf of Thomas Whitehead for the breeze-up sales and he will be coming back here," said Bozzi. "I liked the horse very much and Thomas took my advice.

"First there is his sire and then he has a really good pedigree – his brother was third in the Jean Prat – and he is a very nice horse who moves well. It was pretty easy to say that he was the pick of the day and I hope he will work out for Thomas."

The bidding reached €42,000 for the stallion's only other representative on the day, with the Haras du Hoguenet eventually buying back the colt.

Bugatti bags a Le Havre colt

A bid of €40,000 was enough for Chantilly-based trainer Alessandro Botti to win Breuilpont, a Le Havre colt presented by the Coulonces Consignment.

Breuilpont is out of the Anabaa Blue mare Shining Sea, who won twice at three and was runner-up in the Listed Prix Madame Jean Couturie at Vichy as a two-year-old, while grandam Seelland is a half sister to Pascal Bary's Prix Vanteaux winner Secret Quest.

Botti said: "He looks a nice horse and there didn't look to be too much else suitable for us today. He is for an Italian industrialist, Roberto Bugatti."

Polish battle

Another graduate of Anna Drion's Coulonces nursery was the subject of an all-Polish battle, with trainer Adam Wyrzyk getting the better of the exchange at €27,000 for a son of Planteur out of Sweden's Champion two-year-old, Xaara.

Wyrzyk was returning to a sale at which he has enjoyed plenty of success.

"Two years ago we bought a horse here called Caccini who won the Derby in Poland and also ran in a Group 1 in Berlin," said Wyrzyk. "We were very satisfied with him and I have bought some really nice horses here over the years.

"I've bought two so far this year and we got four last year. Caccini is by American Post and my best two-year-old this year is by No Risk At All so you could say I like French horses."

Sherbourne shopping

Ger Kennedy's Sherbourne House Stud will be hoping for a quick return on the €20,000 paid for a Le Havre colt from the Haras des Capucines.

Dam Jani's Queen is a half sister to Listed winner Polan and hails from the immediate family of Khalid Abdullah's Prix Niel runner-up Runaway and Prix de Bagatelle winner Kilo Alpha, while Dancing Brave also appears on the page.

Sherbourne Lodge scored a notable pinhooking success with a £9,000 purchase of a filly by Mayson at Doncaster last August, who went on to fetch 140,000gns at the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze Up this April.

The clearance rate for the final day vaulted by nearly ten per cent on last year's figure, with 82 per cent of lots being sold.

The sale as a whole registered a five per cent growth in turnover at €8,744,000, while yesterday's session was the fourth and final part of Arqana's yearling offering.

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