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Trade Gears Down a Notch at Arqana

Trade at day three of Arqana's December Breeding Stock Sale on Monday was rather less frenetic than the previous two sessions, but horses were still selling and it was The Aga Khan's draft that provided the session topper when lot 694, Zaidiyna (Fr) (Azamour {Ire}) sold to Agence FIPs for €82,000. The 10-year-old, who is a half-sister to two Grade 1-winning hurdlers in Zaidpour (Fr) (Red Ransom) and Zaynar (Fr) (Daylami {Ire}), has bred two winners so far and was sold in foal to Olympic Glory (Ire). The 4-year-old mare...

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ITBA 2018 Expo announced for January

The Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Expo 2018, in partnership with Connolly's Redmills, will be held at the Goffs Sales Complex on Jan. 26-27, ITBA announced on Monday. Essentially a trade fair for the bloodstock industry, it will provide exhibitors a platform to showcase and sell their products. There will also be an event programme over the two days, including a Dragons Den type business competition to recognise entrepreneurialism and talent in the equine industry, educational presentations and an interactive forum titled "What if--a Vision for 2028" which entails mapping a...

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Fogarty Retires From The Saddle

Cheltenham Festival winning jockey Mikey Fogarty has retired from race riding with immediate effect to pursue other interests. 27-year-old Fogarty rode 140 winners in his career with the highlight being victory aboard the Willie Mullins trained Don Poli (Ire) (Poliglote {Fr}) at Cheltenham in 2014. "I want to do other things, it is just a lifestyle choice to be honest," Fogarty told the Racing Post on Monday. Fogarty is currently working with his brother Jonathan at the family's Gaynestown Stud in Wexford. The stud specialises in breeding, pinhooking and training...

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The Big Interview: Nicolas de Chambure

The most expensive stallion to retire in France in 2017 was Almanzor (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}), whose wins in the G1 French Derby, and the G1 Irish and G1 English Champion S. propelled him to honors as the European champion 3-year-old of 2016. From the first crop of Wootton Bassett, who also stands at Etreham, Almanzor is available at a fee of €35,000 for 2018. Kelsey Riley caught up with Haras d'Etreham frontman Nicolas de Chambure this week at the Arqana sales to talk to de Chambure about market reaction...

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Ombreville A Growing Force

Matthieu Gouesnard is a self-proclaimed lifelong horseman--"I think I did my first foaling when I was four years old," he said--and after growing up on his family's Haras d'Ombreville in the West of France, the 33-year-old is now making his way on his own farm of the same name in Normandy, just a 20-minute drive from the Arqana headquarters in Deauville. "My father has been a breeder for 30 years and he had a stud farm in the West of France," Gouesnard said. "I was born into horses and I've...

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Pinhook Prospect Tops Arqana

Deauville, FRANCE--Peter Morgan of Carmel Stud declared lot 381 the nicest foal he's seen this year after securing him for €165,000 at Arqana on Sunday. The son of Starspangledbanner (Aus) offered by ACF Elevage is out of the listed-placed Torentosa (Fr) (Oasis Dream {GB}), herself a daughter of the G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches third Ysoldina (Fr) (Kendor {Fr}), now better known as the dam of this year's G1 Investec Derby winner Wings Of Eagles (Fr) (Pour Moi {Ire}). It is also the family of the G1 Prix Saint Alary...

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Two Seasons to Siyouni Available at Arqanaonline

Two nominations to French champion sire Siyouni (Fr) (Pivotal {GB}) will be auctioned at arqanaonline.com on Dec. 18-19, Arqana announced Sunday. Siyouni stands at His Higness the Aga Khan's Haras de Bonneval for a fee of €75,000 and the nominations, offered by a shareholder who can't use them in 2018, are offered without guarantee. The G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere-Grand Criterium hero, who was France's champion sire by earnings this year, has been represented by G1 Fillies' Mile and G2 May Hill S. heroine Laurens (Fr), as well as G3 Prix...

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Mills: Deauville To Down Under

Deauville, FRANCE--Bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills woke up with some good news on Sunday as Australian-bred Mr Stunning (Aus) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) won the G1 Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin. Not that he was involved in that horse in any way but that this success was another hint that what he was busy doing in Deauville this weekend was actually the right thing to do. Mr Stunning's dam, With Fervour, a Dayjur mare bred in the U.S. by George Strawbridge, had been sold in foal at Tattersalls after a...

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New Faces At Traditional Montaigu

The Guerlain family has been breeding top-class Thoroughbreds at Haras de Montaigu for over 100 years, and this year the stud reached the pinnacle of the sport in Europe when Wings Of Eagles (Fr) (Pour Moi {Ire}), which it bred and sold at Arqana as a yearling, won the G1 Investec Derby. Wings Of Eagles returns to his birthplace to start his stud career next year, and he will stand alongside the dual Group 1 winner Prince Gibraltar (Fr) (Rock Of Gibraltar {Ire}) and four others. Montaigu is currently in...

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Haggle The Dearest At Arqana Opener

Deauville, FRANCE--Wertheimer et Frere is, as per usual, using Arqana's December Sale to cull some of its mares, and it also took the opportunity to add to its ranks when manager Pierre-Yves Bureau went to €1.3-million for the last out G3 Prix Fille de l'Air winner Haggle (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) (lot 174) to top the opening session of the sale on Saturday. Michel Zerolo, bidding for Martin Schwartz, was the underbidder. The lone seven-figure lot of the session helped fuel an average that was up 13.8% at €123,389. The median...

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