Shalaa Filly Tops Arqana Monday

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Lots on parade at Arqana | Zuzanna Lupa

A bay daughter of Haras de Bouquetot’s popular MG1SW Shalaa (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) led the way during Monday’s penultimate session of the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale, as trade stayed relatively steady compared to last year’s edition.

Sold as lot 787 from Haras de Castillon, the Castillon Bloodstock and Tina Rau Bloodstock-bred February foal was knocked down to Nicolas Lefevre of Equos Racing International and Broadhurst Agency’s Laurent Benoit for €87,000.

“I have bought her in association with Laurent Benoit for a group of clients, with a view to offer her at the yearling sales,” said Lefevre. “She is a half-sister to a black-type winner from an interesting Quesnay family and I like Anabaa as a broodmare sire. Shalaa’s production seems very promising, so we have a lot to look forward to.”

The weanling’s dam, SW Mytographie (Fr) (Anabaa), was picked up for €12,000 by Castillon Bloodstock during the 2018 Arqana February Mixed Sale. The filly is a half-sister to listed winner Mutin (Fr) (Kentucky Dynamite). Group 2 winner Mythical Magic (Ire) (Iffraaj {GB}) and Group 3 scorer Esentepe (Ire) (Oratorio {Ire}) are under the winning second dam.

Castillon also offered Algtaah (Ire) (High Chaparral {Ire}) (lot 758) carrying to another Bouquetot stallion in Zelzal (Fr) (Sea The Stars {Ire}). The winning 7-year-old hammered at €57,000 to Blandford Bloodstock’s Stuart Boman, after receiving a well-timed update, when her No Nay Never juvenile half-brother Wichita (Ire) ran third in the valuable G1 Dewhurst S. this fall. SW Lumiere Noire (Fr) (Dashing Blade {GB}), a half to GI Manhattan H. victor Desert Blanc (GB) (Desert Style {Ire}), produced Algtaah.

Coming in second on the balance sheet was Haras d’Etreham’s Petite Noblesse (Fr) (Galileo {Ire}) in foal to resident stallion Wootton Bassett (GB). Mandore International Agency, acting for Haras du Cadran, stretched to €74,000 for the 10-year-old (lot 703), whose dam is a half-sister to Classic winner and established sire Lope de Vega (Ire) (Shamardal), as well as GSW & G1SP Lady Frankel (GB) (Frankel {GB}), GSW Bal de la Rose (Ire) (Cadeaux Genereux {GB})-the dam of Group 1 winner Danceteria (Fr) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}), and SW & MGSP Lord of the Land (Ire) (Shamardal).

“I know the family a little bit now because I had the opportunity to buy her yearling in November,” said Mandore’s Nicolas de Watrigant. “She’s a lovely filly with the same cross as La Cressonniere (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}). We’re very hopeful for her. Petite Noblesse was bought for a partnership between Alain Jathiere and Pierre Talvard, and she’ll now go to Haras du Cadran. She’s a lovely daughter of Galileo from a great family, that of Lope de Vega, and she’s in-foal to Wootton Bassett, which is great too.”

Artemis Bloodstock was in action early on Monday, shelling out €45,000 for Equity Card (Fr) (Dubai Destination) (lot 545) for Gorlsdorf Stud. The Normandie Breeding-consigned one-time winner is pregnant to Haras de Bouquetot’s Ectot (GB) (Hurricane Run {Ire}).

Gorlsdorf already owns Equity Card’s dam Snow Ballerina (GB) (Sadler’s Wells) after buying her from Godolphin for 27,000gns at the 2015 Tattersalls November Mares Sale. Snow Ballerina’s Sea The Moon (Ger) filly of 2017, Snow (Ire), saluted in the Gorlsdorf silks in impressive fashion at Dresden on Nov. 20. She is one of the favourites for the upcoming G1 German Oaks next summer. According to Gorlsdorf’s Niko Lafrentz, Equity Card, a half-sister to G3 Prix Fille de l’Air heroine Powder Snow (Dubawi {Ire}), will visit Lanwades Stud’s Sea The Moon in 2020.

The day’s trade saw 212 (76.5%) lots sold from 277 offered for a clearance rate of 76.5%. The aggregate of €2,089,000 hovered just above 2018’s corresponding session. The average rose fractionally by 0.3% to €9,854, while the median was unchanged at €6,500.

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