Wootton Bassett stock in demand at Arqana
Arqana: third day of Breeding Stock Sale takes place on Monday
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos) Wootton Bassett stock in demand at Arqana
By Isabel Mathew 2:54PM 5 DEC 2016
SONS of leading French second season sire Wootton Bassett were in strong demand during a quieter third day of Arqana's Breeding Stock Sale on Monday with his sons accounting for two of the top lots so far.
The first, a January-born colt offered from Elevage de Trois Rivieres by Almanzor's sire, was knocked down to Marc-Antoine Berghgracht's MAB Agency for €45,000. Out of the dual winning Danehill Dancer mare Pasba, he hails from the family of Pilsudski and Youmzain.
"I've bought him on spec as he's such a good-looking individual," Berghracht said. "His sire has done extremely well, and we'll offer the colt for re-sale next year."
Just a few lots later, Haras de Bourgeauville's March-born colt sold for €40,000 to Ghislain Bozo's Meridian International on behalf of an Irish partnership of friends.
The first foal out of the unraced Blame mare Praise Dancing, he comes from the family of Group 2 winner Danceabout.
Francis Drion said: "He's very much in the mould of his sire, and we're delighted to have got him. We'll see how he develops, and the plan is that he'll come back here as a yearling."
Wootton Bassettt will stand at Haras d'Etreham at a fee of €20,000 next year and stud director Nicolas de Chambure added: "He's limited to a book of 130 mares, which will include Darkova, the dam of Almanzor."
Chambure's family also bred the recently crowned Cartier champion three-year-old colt.
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