Plenty Of Diversity In Arqana February Catalogue

Arqana's Deauville sales grounds | Zuzanna Lupa

The catalogue for the Arqana February Mixed Sale on February 13-14 was released by the sale company on Friday. Featuring 363 horses comprised of horses-in-training on the Flat and over jumps, broodmares, maidens, 2-year-olds and yearlings, with eight wildcards still to be announced, sessions will begin at 11 a.m. daily.

The Arqana February Sale, which last year sold the G2 Prix du Petite Couvert winner and G1 Prix de l'Abbaye-placed Air De Valse (Fr) (Mesnil des Aigles {Fr}) as a broodmare prospect, this year offers a trio of fillies-in-training who achieved black type in 2023, including Haras de la Beauvoisiniere's Pepete (Fr) (Attendu {Fr}) (lot 1), listed-placed as a 2-year-old and from the family of the multiple Group 1 winner Peintre Celebre (Nureyev); Princess Child (Fr) (Dariyan {Fr}) (lot 6), last seen filling the runner-up spot in a listed race at Saint-Cloud in November and out of a half-sister to the G3 Prix la Force winner Chilean (GB) (Iffraaj {GB}); and Vasda (Ire) (Shalaa {Ire}) (lot 10), listed-placed at Milan in September and a half-sister to four black-type winners, including G3 Prix d'Aumale winner Rocques (Fr) (Lawman {Fr}) and listed winner Mea Domina (Fr) (Pivotal {GB}).

The Wertheimer et Frere homebred Adeliade (Ire) (Australia {GB}) (lot 79), a winner at two and out of a half-sister to the multiple Group 1 winner Solow (GB) (Singspiel {Ire}), is another name to note among the fillies-in-training, while the broodmares in foal include the listed winner Rolleville (Fr) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}) (lot 163), offered carrying her first foal by Sioux Nation, and the Group 3-placed Lady Paname (Fr) (Soldier of Fortune {Ire}) (lot 251) in foal to Masked Marvel (GB), both offered from Haras de Maulepaire.

Several regally-bred individuals also feature among the fillies out of training and should attract plenty of interest from breeders as potential broodmare prospects. They are headed by two unraced daughters of Group 1 winners in Chesska (GB) (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}) (lot 160), out of Wertheimer et Frere's G1 Prix Saint-Alary heroine Queen's Jewel (GB) (Pivotal {GB}), and the Aga Khan Studs' Manshina (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) (lot 338), a daughter of the three-time Group 1 winner Mandesha (Fr) (Desert Style {Ire}).

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