By Daithi Harvey
Arqana are increasing their sponsorship activities during the Deauville summer meet which coincides with the sales company’s flagship yearling sale in August. As part of their commitment Arqana have partnered with France Galop to provide a €13,500 bonus to the winner of six different 2-year-old races which essentially doubles the prize-money for these events. In addition, if the winner of each race is a foal, yearling, or 2-year-old graduate of Arqana, the owner receives a €10,000 voucher to spend at Arqana’s 2019 yearling sales or 2020 Breeze Up. Arqana will also sponsor the G3 Prix Chloe at Chantilly June 29 and the G3 Prix de Lieurey on at Deauville Aug. 15.
Speaking of the increased investment Arqana’s President Eric Hoyeau, said, “This new partnership with France Galop is in line with our desire to contribute to the development of our breeding and to maintain the competitiveness of the French racing programme. The ‘voucher’ offered to the winning owners of the unraced juveniles in the six races at Deauville is also intended to congratulate and encourage our buyers before the yearling sales season. We all know how difficult these races are to win, so it is important to make a difference. We hope that these two initiatives will enhance the attractiveness of these events that are an important part of the Deauville meeting. Finally, we were keen to support the two group 3 races for 3-year-old fillies, that are key races in view to developing a quality broodmare band for French breeders.”