Arqana's September Sale Ends With Steady Demand

Lot 74, a yearling filly by Goken | Zuzanna Lupa

The sales action in Deauville's ring ended on Friday, with the second and final session of Arqana's new September Yearling Sale. Demand for young stock at the sales has continued through the summer, and Friday's session closed with a 77% clearance rate for 103 sold from 133 offered. They grossed €1,797,000 and averaged €17,447. The median came in at €14,000.

After two days of selling, a colt by the former shuttle stallion and now permanently Swettenham Stud-based Toronado (Ire) made six figures at €120,000 on Thursday, and 11 lots changed hands for €50,000 or better throughout the two days. The total gross stands at €3,929,000 for 203 sold of 274 through the ring (74.1%). The average flirted with €20,000 at €19,236 and the median was €15,000.

Leading Friday's proceedings was a €74,000 filly by Goken (Fr) (lot 274). Named Cuncerta (Fr), the French-bred yearling was consigned by Haras de Colleville and was bought by SAS Le Marais. She will carry the colours of Bernard Giraudon. Her dam is a half-sister to the listed winner Impulsive Dancer (Ire) (Dragon Pulse {Ire}), while third dam Danelissima (Ire) (Danehill) won the G3 Noblesse S. and is a half to the dam of G1 Dewhurst S. hero Intense Focus (Giant's Causeway). The last-named's half-sister produced smart juvenile Skitter Scatter (Scat Daddy), who won the G1 Moyglare Stud S. in 2018.

Lot 184, a daughter of promising first-season sire Sioux Nation, caught the eye of Nicolas de Watrigant of Mandore International Agency. He spent €65,000 for the Haras de l'Hotellerie-consigned bay. Out of an Areion (Ger) half-sister to GIII Florida Oaks heroine Outburst (GB) (Outstrip {GB}), the late-April foal is also related to German stakes winner and Group-3 placed Abraxa (Ger) (Is Tirol).

De Watrigant also went to €55,000 for a Haras des Capucines-consigned filly by Phoenix Of Spain (Ire), lot 294. Her dam, Goodthingstaketime (Ire) (Canford Cliffs {Ire}) placed four times at the group/graded level in both Ireland and the States, including runner-up finishes in both the G3 Curragh S. and GIII Florida Oaks.

Wootton Bassett (GB)'s lot 217 went to Carlos and Yann Lerner for €50,000 after being a €35,000 buyback as an Arqana December weanling. The colt is already a half-brother to three black-type horses including listed winners Bocaiuva (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) and Beauty Of Love (GB) (Elusive City), with the former also second in the G3 Prix de Flore. Their dam, the G3 Premio Chiusura-scoring Breath Of Love (Mutakddim) is herself out of dual Group 3 winner Breath Taking (Fr) (Nureyev). The last-named's descendants include several graded winners, while the 1976 G2 Marlboro Cup went to this filly's third dam Cap D'Antibes (Aus) (Better Boy {Ire}).

Arqana President Eric Hoyeau and Executive Director Freddy Powell said, “We still have some adjustments to make to the format of this young sale, which must find its place. We would like to thank all the vendors who put their trust in us. The percentage of horses sold is satisfactory and many French professionals, including many trainers, have been active, which is encouraging. Let's remember that all these yearlings are eligible for the Arqana Series, with the first races taking place next year. We will analyse all the segments of yearling sales at the end of the October sale, when we will have a more global overview.”

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