NH Breeding Stock Session Concludes Arqana Autumn


Fabulous Dragoness | Zuzanna Lupa

Arqana's Autumn Sale drew to a close on Wednesday with a single-session National Hunt Breeding Stock Sale that was highlighted by a pair of mares from the dispersal of Magalen Bryant. Topping trade was the 6-year-old stakes-winning AQPS mare Fabulous Dragoness (Fr) (Poliglote {GB}) (lot 743), who was sold in-foal to Doctor Dino (Fr) to Pegase Bloodstock for €300,000. Rupert Pritchard-Gordon swooped for another 6-year-old mare from the dispersal, Laterana (Fr) (Saint Des Saints {Fr}) in foal to Great Pretender (Ire) (lot 703), and her pricetag was €140,000.

The two others to surpass the six-figure threshold on the day were the 7-year-old mare Black Luna (Fr) (Soldier Of Fortune {GB}) (lot 834) in foal to Masked Marvel (GB), bought by Chauvigny Global Equine for €125,000; and the 9-year-old mare Femme En Or (Fr) (Astarabad) (lot 837) in foal to Buck's Boum (Fr). She was bought by Yeo Barton Bloodstock for €120,000.

The National Hunt breeding stock session of the Arqana Autumn Sale was being staged for the second time, and figures were well up on 2020 with 291-head having changed hands for €9,218,500, at an average of €31,679 and a median of €20,000.

Eric Hoyeau, president of Arqana, and Freddy Powell, executive director, said upon conclusion of the sale, “The aim of this week, which we put in place last year, was to encourage reinvestment by creating a sequence of specific sales: horses in training including jumpers, stores and yearlings, ending with a day entirely dedicated to breeding stock. After these three days, we can only be positive. The results exceeded our expectations and we would like to thank all our consignors who have put their trust in this new format. The market was very strong and the majority of the National Hunt professionals were present from start to finish from France, Ireland, England and Eastern Europe.”

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