Arqana Releases December Breeding Stock Catalogue

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Donjah | Marc Ruehl

The Dec. 5-8 Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale's catalogue is now online. A total of 841 mares, fillies and foals will go through the ring in early December, with sessions beginning at 10 a.m. each day. Highlighting the sale are 53 half-sisters to Group 1 winners. Leading the way is G1 Preis Von Europa heroine Donjah (Ger) (Teofilo {Ire}) (lot 182), who will start in Saturday's GI Breeders' Cup Turf at Keeneland. The filly is consigned by Ecurie des Monceaux. Monceaux also offers Anabasis (Ger) (High Chaparral {Ire}) (lot 164) carrying a full-sibling to MGISW A Raving Beauty (Ger) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}).

His Highness the Aga Khan's consignment is, as ever, not short on quality, and one of the notable lots is 156, Zarza (Fr) (Charm Spirit {Ire}), a 3-year-old half-sister to the undefeated G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Zarkava (Ire) (Zamindar). Among Haras d'Etreham's consignment is Kazeera (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) (lot 77), a full-sister to MG1SW Al Kazeem (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) in foal to former Etreham resident Wootton Bassett (GB). Group 1 winner Audarya (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB})'s dam Green Bananas (Fr) (Green Tune) (lot 118) will also grace the Deauville ring from Haras de l'Aumonerie. G1 French 1000 Guineas third Mageva (GB) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) (lot 93) will be offered by Fabrice Chappet, while Truth (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) (lot 178), a full-sister to G1SW Magic Wand (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), hails from the draft of Haras de Bouquetot. Haras d'Ombreville consigns Saguaro (Ire) (High Chaparral {Ire}) (lot 123), a half-sister to G1 Cheveley Park S. heroine Alcohol Free (Ire) (No Nay Never). Golden Lilas (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) (lot 152), in foal to Lope de Vega (Ire), is consigned by Gestut Ammerland. The 6-year-old is a full-sister to dual French Classic heroine Golden Lilac (Ire) and is out of G1 Prix du Moulin victress Grey Lilas (Ire) (Danehill).

Weanlings make up 218 lots in the catalogue and are by some of Europe's top sires like Adlerflug (Ger), Camelot (GB), Kendargent (Fr), Kodiac (GB), Le Havre (Ire), Night of Thunder (Ire), Showcasing (GB), Siyouni (Fr), and Wootton Bassett (GB) etc. First-season sires also feature, among them Cloth of Stars (Ire), Cracksman (GB), Expert Eye (GB), Harry Angel (Ire), Recoletos (Fr), Roaring Lion, Saxon Warrior (Jpn), Sioux Nation, and U S Navy Flag.

La Motteraye Consignment offers a filly by Sea The Stars (Ire) as lot 15. The February foal is out of a half-sister to MG1SW Midday (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), and a full-sister to GSW Sun Maiden (GB) (Frankel {GB}), etc. Frankel (GB)'s son of G2 Prix de la Nonette and G3 Prix Cleopatre heroine Castellar (Fr) (American Post {GB}) will sell as lot 23. Out of a half-sister to MG1SW Recoletos (Fr) (Whipper), the colt is offered by Haras de Saint Isidro.

In 2019, the sale grossed €34,384,500, with 698 horses sold. The average was €49,261 and the median was €19,000. Frankel Light (Ire) (Frankel {GB}), in foal to Dark Angel (Ire), topped last year's edition at €1.3 million.

After discussions with the Calvados Prefecture, Arqana management has agreed to protocols for the sale, and, access will be based on the model of the Autumn Sale. Only professionals involved in the sale: consignors and their staff, buyers, veterinarians, transporters and Arqana staff will be allowed on the sales grounds in Deauville.

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