Style Vendome colt to the fore at Arqana October
The Style Vendome colt bought by Meridian International for €135,000
PICTURE: APRH Style Vendome colt to the fore at Arqana October
By Scott Burton in Deauville 7:29PM 20 OCT 2016
AFTER a Wednesday session when the top end of the market was dominated by fillies, Thursday's third day of the Arqana October Yearling Sale swung back firmly in the direction of the colts.
Top billing at €135,000 went to La Motteraye Consignment's son of Style Vendome out of a half-sister to Group 3 winner Ashram.
Meridian International made the winning bid for the colt, whose half-brother by Canford Cliffs, Charm Appeal, made a winning debut for Henri-Francois Devin at Chantilly this month.
Meridian's Ghislain Bozo said: "He has good bone and is precocious. He has everything you could love in a racehorse. He's for an existing French client and will go to Nicolas Clement."
Wootton Bassett stock snapped up
David Redvers went to €120,000 to secure the next lot, a son of Almanzor's sire Wootton Bassett from the family of Spinning World.
His half-brother Art Of Raw was unbeaten in two starts last year – including the Listed Prix Delahante – before being sold to Hong Kong.
Redvers said of the Wootton Bassett colt: "I was surprised how much money he went for but he was Sheikh Fahad's pick of the second half of the sale."
Less surprised was Benoit Duboc of first-year consignor Ecurie d'Auge, who confirmed that viewings had been so popular the colt had spent "more time out on the pathway walking than in his box".
Haras d'Etreham's Wootton Bassett was also responsible for a €55,000 colt knocked down to Paul Basquin of Haras Saubouas who is destined for a return visit to Deauville next May for the breeze-up sale.
Holy Roman Emperor popular
Progeny by Holy Roman Emperor were also in demand, as highlighted by a €115,000 colt from the Coulonces Consignment snapped up by Marco Bozzi and heading for Thomas Whitehead's Powerstown Stud.
"He'll go to Kilkenny before probably coming back here for the breeze-up," said Bozzi. "He was our pick of the day, for his confirmation and for his sire."
Equally enthusiastic, at €67,000, was Stephen Hillen for a Holy Roman Emperor half-brother to two black-type performers – Belle De Lune and Sorry Woman – who will go into training with Richard Hughes.
"He's a very nice shape and the mare has already had two stakes horses by stallions who I'd say Holy Roman Emperor is better than. He looks like Holy Roman Emperor as well. He's not over-big but has a big walk and was one of the picks of the day."
Hillen added: "Everything was clean from the vet, which is important because there's a good resale market for this stallion in Hong Kong and we've made a lot of money with a couple of them."
Plenty of buyers stocking up
Gerard Augustin-Normand and Ronchalon Racing will campaign a son of Air Chief Marshal in partnership after Sylvain Vidal signed at €90,000.
Presented by the Coulonces Consignment and bred by Ronchalon, the colt is out of a winning Linamix mare, herself a half-sister to the dam of multiple Group winner Success Days.
"He's the image of his sire and very athletic, plus you have Linamix as the damsire," said Vidal. "He's a great-looking colt and will be trained by Pia Brandt."
John Hammond went to €72,000 for a son of Dabirsim out of the Monsun mare Aubonne.
The colt will race in the white and blue colours of Ecurie Chalhoub, inextricably linked to Hammond's 1991 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Suave Dancer.
Spain Burg connections reinvest their windfall
Owner Roberto Cocheteux Tierno and trainer Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte hit the jackpot with this autumn, having landed the Group 2 Shadwell Rockfel Stakes with Spain Burg before the filly was sold to US-based Dean Reeves for €1.5 million at the Arqana Arc Sale.
Cocheteux Tierno reinvested some of that windfall on Wednesday when securing a €57,000 Myboycharlie colt through Spanish-based trainer Joanes Osario.
Demeaulte was the man to strike for two high-priced lots on Thursday, including €65,000 for a filly by Spain Burg's sire, Sageburg.
Earlier the pair came out on top at €55,000 for a daughter of Orpen, a half-sister to the San Sebastian Listed winner Fourioso.
Thomas-Demeaulte said: "She is a good physical specimen while the performances of her brother helps her page from a future breeding perspective."
Trade returned to the strong performance of day one and again the clearance rate was up on last year despite an enlarged offering.
The average rose 11 per cent from €24,153 to €26,929 and the sale as a whole is more than €3 million ahead of 2015's figure with Friday's short session to come.
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