Siyouni colts head vibrant Arqana V2 trade

Siyouni colts head vibrant Arqana V2 trade By Scott Burton 8:16PM 17 AUG 2016

A PAIR of colts by Siyouni held sway at the top of the leaderboard at Arqana's V2 yearling sale on Wednesday, with both due for a return visit to Deauville next May for the breeze-up.

A product of Thierry de la Heronniere's Haras d'Ellon, the €125,000 sale-topper was knocked down to pinhooker Roger Marley.

Heronniere has enjoyed great success this season with a daughter of Siyouni in Volta, while the maternal side of the family features Prix Maurice de Gheest heroine Porlezza as second dam.

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"He's a lovely individual," said Marley, a fan of the produce of his Haras de Bonneval-based sire. "We had two Siyouni's this year and they were both very fast. It's a nice pedigree.

"He'll go to Horse Park and then to us at Church Farm and back here to be sold at the breeze-up. We hoped to give a little bit less but we wanted the horse. This is one of our picks of the day."

The second six-figure Siyouni was offered by Haras d'Etreham, the second-highest grossing vendor on the day with six lots who realised €336,000.

Jim McCartan was pleased to get the colt at €105,000 shortly before his scheduled departure for Ireland.

"I thought he was one of the nicest horses here today and I was hoping he'd sell before I had to leave," said McCartan, who sold one of the stallion's first crop at the 2015 Saint-Cloud breeze-up for €260,000.

"I love the sire and we've been very lucky with him. Hopefully he'll come back here for the breeze-up. He'll be prepared at Gaybrook Lodge in Ireland; that's the plan."

Rouget goes to War

It should not come as a huge surprise that Jean-Claude Rouget is ready to support first-season sire Declaration Of War, having been responsible for the son of War Front in his unbeaten two-year-old season before he was transferred to the care of Ballydoyle and Aidan O'Brien at three.

Rouget parted with €100,000 for a colt by the sire – the second foal out of the winning Pivotal mare Super Pie – hailing from the sale's leading consignor, Haras des Capucines.

The Master of Pau will also take delivery of a Dabirsim colt from the Haras de Montaigu after Nicolas de Watrigant went to €85,000.

Out of the Soave mare Calahorra, who made her name across the road when landing the Listed Prix Vallee d'Auge for trainer Christian Baillet and owner-breeder Steeve Berland, De Watrigant's purchase was for a new Qatari client.

"I tried to buy Dabirsim as a yearling and again in training to go to stud for Al Shaqab,"said De Watrigant. "Finally I've managed to buy one of his sons."

Vidal busy bidding

Haras de la Cauviniere's Sylvain Vidal signed for three of the top eight lots, led by the priciest filly at the sale, a €90,000 daughter of Panis, a sister of the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere runner-up Maiguri.

"She is a magnificent filly and her brother was a good racehorse," said Vidal, who purchased her on behalf of Gerard Augustin-Normand.

Vidal also continued his support of Cauviniere's stallions, paying €85,000 for a Le Havre colt from La Motteraye Consignment, and €75,000 for a Rajsaman filly out of the Hurricane Run mare Hermanville, presented by Capucines.

Vidal said of the filly: "She has been bought for an association between Gerard Augustin-Normand and Alain Jathiere and will be trained by Simone Brogi. She is very athletic and her sister [Hermangarde] has already won twice."

Jean-Louis Bouchard will be hoping that lightning strikes twice after winning out at €80,000 for a Kendargent half-brother to his talented filly La Berma.

Chantilly Bloodstock's Gerard Larrieu said: "[Like La Berma] Fabrice Chappet will train him for Jean-Louis Bouchard, who was the one doing the bidding."

Although the clearance rate was fractionally down on last year, the sale proved solid through the other key indicators.

Arqana president Eric Hoyeau reflected: "This sale is beginning to attain its own identity, with a more precocious type of pedigree. This year there was a fair uniformity in the shape and size of the horses offered, while the number of lots that made more than €50,000 increased significantly."

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