Teamwork key to meteoric rise of Monceaux

Henri Bozo: "You need the means to invest in good bloodlines"

PICTURE: Patrick McCann ( Teamwork key to sharp rise of Monceaux By Martin Stevens 1:04PM 18 AUG 2016

LEADING French commercial nursery Ecurie des Monceaux finished this week's Arqana August Yearling Sale as top consignor by gross receipts for a fifth consecutive year.

The stud, owned by Lucien Urano and managed by Henri Bozo, took its first draft to the August sale in 2009 when it finished seventh among all consignors, and it has managed to establish itself as the dominant vendor at Deauville in just seven years.

At the three-day sale that started on Sunday, Monceaux was responsible for the four highest-priced lots headed by the €1.4 million Galileo half-sister to Irish Oaks heroine Chicquita – a fourth consecutive seven-figure yearling at the sale for the dam Prudenzia.

The stud's success was borne out by some remarkable statistics: despite its 29 lots accounting for nine per cent of all yearlings offered over the three days, they provided 26 per cent of the total sale turnover. The Monceaux yearlings' average price of €361,034 was nearly two and a half times the average price of all lots of €149,955.

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And that was achieved even with Monceaux choosing to retain its Dubawi half-sister to Falmouth Stakes heroine Giofra when bidding went as far as €1m in the opening session.

It was a similar story at last year's August sale when the stud sold the record-breaking €2.6m Dubawi colt out of Pacifique to John Ferguson. That contributed to turnover of €12,177,000, 28 per cent of the auction turnover, and an average of €451,000 that approached three times the general average of €162,660.

Bozo reflected on the stud's week and its meteoric rise through the consigning ranks, saying: "I had confidence beforehand because I knew we had some good lots. It's great that each year many of the same clients come back to us, the confidence they place in us is extremely important.

"There is no particular key for us," he continues. "Like every breeder or trainer you need the means to invest in good bloodlines. You also need a good team because it's a lot of work throughout the whole year."

The pivotal bloodline in Monceaux's success story has been that of Platonic, a 17-year-old daughter of Zafonic and the granddam of Monday's sale-topper.

"It's a great story that began when we bought Platonic," says Bozo. "In less than ten years it's Platonic and her daughter Prudenzia who have produced a good deal of success for us. They have assured the future of the stud because we have plenty of Prudenzia's sisters on the farm."

Bozo also had an update on the Dubawi filly whom Monceaux retained at €1m during the sale's opening session.

"Perhaps people aren't used to that mode of operation but we were more than happy to do what we did," he says. "She will be put into training in France but we haven't decided on a trainer yet. We're delighted to have a real filly to race with and then to breed from."


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