Arqana Sales Reworked Due to New French COVID Policy


The sales ring at Deauville | Arqana

France extended its curfew measures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. to other parts of the country, including Deauville, for the next six weeks on Thursday, with another two week extension a possibility as COVID-19 cases increase. The curfew will not affect the Arqana Autumn Sales with Flat yearlings Nov. 14 and Nov. 16-18 with horses-in-training, stores and NH-bred yearlings. However, the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale, which normally features a mix of Flat and National Hunt breeding prospects, broodmares and foals, has been retooled, as its sessions normally finish outside of the allowed time window. The Dec. 5-8 sale will now only include Flat fillies, broodmares and foals. The National Hunt mares and foals have instead been moved to the inaugural National Hunt Breeding Stock Sale at Deauville on Nov. 19, allowing British and Irish buyers the opportunity to make the most of a single trip to France. For more information on the new sale and the rest of the upcoming French sales, please visit

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