Colleville Draft To Embellish Arqana

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Colleville offers Sweety Dream at Arqana | Scoop Dyga

By Tom Frary

If the entirely unconventional rise to stallion stardom of Kendargent (Fr) is anything to go by, Haras de Colleville is an operation to pay close attention to and the Normandy stud reaches out to prospectors at the upcoming Arqana Breeding Stock Sale. With a notable draft of foals and broodmares, Guy Pariente’s Pays d’Auge establishment offers the opportunity to acquire some of the raw material which has raised the farm to a level to compete effectively with its long-established neighbours. Kendargent’s ascent from the most humble beginnings is well-documented, but Colleville is not solely about that phenomenon. Having bred the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains hero Style Vendome (Fr) (Anabaa), the runner-up in that Classic Prestige Vendome (Fr) (Orpen) and other Group 1 performers by Kendargent in Restiadargent (Fr), Kendam (Fr), Kenhope (Fr) and Goken (Fr)–the latter of which now stands alongside his sire–Colleville is outperforming for a relatively new set-up.

This auction sees the stud, which is a strong supporter of its own trio of stallions Kendargent, Goken and the ex-Wertheimer Galiway (GB), stripping down in a bid for a higher-quality broodmare band. As a result, the 10-year-old black-type producer Cherriya (Fr) (Montjeu {Ire}) is available. Offered as lot 185, she is already the dam of the G3 Prix de la Grotte runner-up Kenriya (Fr) (Kendargent {Fr}) and G2 Diana-Trial third Cheshmeh (Fr) (Kendargent {Fr}) and is in foal to Kingman (GB). Lot 218 is the 3-year-old Sweety Dream (Fr) (Dream Ahead), who was successful in last year’s G3 Prix Miesque and is in foal to Kendargent. A descendant of As You Desire Me (GB), she is connected to the GI Garden City Breeders’ Cup heroine Luas Line (Ire) (Danehill).

As expected, Kendargent’s influence is keenly felt throughout most of the consignment and he also has a colt foal offered as lot 304, a son of the listed-winning and dual group-placed Stormyra (Fr) (Stormy River {Fr}), whose own half-sister was Kendargent’s listed scorer Onedargent (Fr). He is responsible for the foal carried by lot 332 Dalawysa (Fr) (Dalakhani {Ire}), a 10-year-old from the superb Aga Khan family of the G1 Prix de Diane heroine Valyra (GB) (Azamour {Ire}) and top-class Val Royal (Fr) (Royal Academy) and Valixir (Ire) (Trempolino), and the 6-year-old Onyx (Fr) (Orpen). Lot 237https://www.arqana.com/lots/breeding_stock_sale/243/74993https://www.arqana.com/lots/breeding_stock_sale/243/74993 is a half-sister to the useful listed winner Meneas (Fr) (American Post {GB}) from the family of the amazing Occupandiste (Ire) (Kaldoun {Fr}). Lot 212 is the 13-year-old Bedford Hope (Ger) (Chato {Fr}), who is carrying a full-sibling to the G3 Prix de la Grotte winner and G1 Coronation S. runner-up Kenhope (Fr), another of the star cast by Kendargent.

Lot 138 is a colt foal by Frankel (GB) out of the listed-winning and group-placed Restiana (Fr) (Kendargent {Fr}), whose own full-sister was the aforementioned dual group winner Restiadargent who went so close to upsetting Black Caviar (Aus) (Bel Esprit {Aus}) and Moonlight Cloud (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) in that epic G1 Diamond Jubilee S. in 2012. Lot 132 is the 13-year-old Damdam Freeze (Fr) (Indian Rocket {GB}), dam of Kendargent’s G1 Prix de la Foret third Kendam and the useful black-type performer Kenfreeze (Fr), also by Kendargent who is in foal to Goken. Lot 515 is the listed-placed Revedargent (Fr) (Kendargent {Fr}), a full-sister to the group-placed Batwan (Fr) and a half to the G2 Prix du Muguet runner-up Matorio (Fr) (Oratorio {Ire}) in foal to Galiway.

If Guy Pariente has taught the Thoroughbred industry anything, it is that taking chances based on genuine faith can pay off and over the next few days at Deauville there are abundant opportunities to buy a piece of that dream.

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