Almanzor Colt The Star Of The Show At Arqana November

Lot 186, Saturday's topper by Almanzor | Arqana

Mandore International Agency only purchased one yearling at the Arqana November Yearling Sale on Saturday, but they made it count, selecting the day's top lot, a colt by Group 1 sire Almanzor (Fr) for €85,000.

Sold as lot 186 and already named Override (Fr) to Mandore International's Nicolas de Watrigant, the Haras des Capucines-consigned bay is out of Zarza (Fr) (Charm Spirit {Ire}), herself a half-sister to His Highness The Aga Khan's undefeated Arc heroine and top-level producer Zarkava (Ire) (Zamindar).

“He's a lovely colt,” said the agent. “He walks well and has a very good temperament. He's a son of Almanzor from the great family of Zarkava and Zarak (Fr).”

Lot 132, Galicove (Fr) (Galiway {GB}), caught the eye of Witold Miedzianowski at €40,000. The filly is out of the multiple stakes-placed Hidden Cove (Ire) (Nayef) from the Haras de l'Hotellerie draft.

Two other yearlings brought €20,000 or higher on the day–another Capucines draftmate, a filly by Sottsass (Fr) (lot 162) from the family of young sire City Light (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}), was knocked down to Hyde Park Stud for €25,000; and lot 93, a filly by Dabirism (Fr) was purchased by Marta Kubicka and Damien de Watrigant for €22,000. A full-sister to multiple stakes winner Celestin (Fr) (Dabirsim {Fr}) who was fourth in the G1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains, she was consigned by Haras du Buff.

Saturday's edition posted a clearance rate that was virtually identical to 2022's at 84%, with 141 sold fo 168 offered. The gross, for 31 more yearlings put through the ring than last term, was €962,000, while the median was unchanged at €5,000. The average increased to €6,823 (+7.4%).

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