Stores Take The Stage At Arqana

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Arqana's Deauville parade ring | Zuzanna Lupa

Two-year-old stores were in the spotlight during Tuesday's session of the Arqana Autumn Sale in Deauville, where 91 horses (62.8%) changed hands for a total of €2,345,500 as of the close of the session. The average was €25,775, and the median €16,000. Tuesday's session this year included stores that would have typically been sold at Arqana's Summer Sale.

Vincent Le Roy went to the day's highest price of €175,000 for Authoside (Fr) (Authorized {Ire}) (lot 589), a colt offered by Haras des Pierres Follets on behalf of Guy Vimont. He is a half-brother to Grade 1-winning chaser Sceau Royal (Fr) (Doctor Dino).

Colts by Martaline (Fr) fetched the second and third highest prices of the day: Icare d'Estruval (Fr) (lot 562), a half-brother to two stakes winners, was hammered down to Sarl Guillaume Macaire for €160,000, while Andy and Gemma Brown picked up an unnamed colt from Haras du Ma (lot 551) for €140,000. The latter is a half-brother to the multiple Grade 2 winner Irish Saint (Fr) (Saint des Saints {Fr}).

A trio of six-figure buybacks meant that there was just one other that made €100,000. That was the AQPS Isaac des Obeaux (Fr) (Kapgarde {Fr}) (lot 616) who was bought by Highflyer Bloodstock. His dam is a half-sister to the G1 King George VI Chase winner Clan Des Obeaux (Fr) (Kapgarde {Fr}).

Arqana President Eric Hoyeau said at the close of trade on Tuesday, “The market was very difficult today, as we can see from the results. They have without doubt been impacted by the absence of several important buyers. Nevertheless, we will have to wait for the National Hunt yearlings to go through the ring to make a complete assessment of the market for young jumpers.”

The stores section of the catalogue continues on Wednesday, in addition to National Hunt yearlings.

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