Son Of Goken Tops Friday's Arqana Session

Lot 580 topped Friday's session | Arqana

The first session of Part 3 of the Arqana October Yearling Sale was topped by a son of Goken (Fr) (lot 580) who went for €60,000 to MAB Agency on Friday.

Consigned by Haras de la Haie Neuve, the bay is a grandson of G2 Ribblesdale S. heroine Thakafaat (Ire) (Unfuwain). Dual Group 1 winner and sire Power (GB) is under the third dam, as is GI E. P. Taylor S. victress Curvy (GB) (Galileo {Ire}). The colt was bred by Haras des Pyrenees.

It is worth noting that Goken, who stands alongside his sire Kendargent (Fr) at Haras de Colleville, has eight stakes winners to his credit, and his Zorken (Fr), who won a listed race earlier in the year, doubled up at that level in Thursday's Criterium de Vitesse at Deauville.

Friday's leading buyer Marc Antoine Berghgracht's MAB Agency also signed for a €17,000 son of Romanised (Ire) (lot 546) from the draft of Haras de Bourgeauville earlier in the day.

From a consignor's standpoint, Haras de la Haie Neuve was on top with five sold for a total of €135,000 and an average of €27,000.

Just behind lot 580 on the buyers' sheets was a filly (lot 627) by Toronado (Ire), who sold for €55,000 to Broadhurst Agency/Capucines Bloodstock. That sire had topped Thursday's session with a €130,000 colt (lot 434). Part of the Haras des Sablonnets draft, the bay is a half-sister to the stakes-placed Best Win (Fr) (Red Dubawi {Ire}).

Friday's session boasted a healthy clearance rate, as 80 sold of 93 offered (86%). The gross was €1,277,500, while the average was €15,969 and the median was €13,500.

The fifth and final session of the sale begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday with 93 yearlings catalogued.

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