Summer Sale Set to Kickstart New Season at Deauville

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Two-time Group 1 winner Lord Glitters (Fr) (Whipper) is a Summer Sale alum | DRC/Erika Rasmussen

There is a hint that normalcy is returning to the Deauville sales ring, with the Arqana Summer Sale back up to its normal two-day stand beginning on June 30. A quality mix of 593 National Hunt and Flat horses plus wild cards are slated to be offered over the next two days, and the unraced 2-year-olds were put through their paces over the Deauville-La Touques Racecourse on June 29.

The juveniles kick start the sale, which begins at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, and continues with 156 young store horses and finishes with the Ecurie Central dispersal. On Thursday, there will be 127 fillies and mares, as well as one stallion and 206 horses-in-training will go under the hammer.

Among the juvenile lots of note are: lot 3, a Kodiac (GB) filly out of a Mount Nelson (GB) half-sister to G1 King's Stand S. hero Equiano (Fr) (Acclamation {GB}) from Knockatrina House; lot 18, an Exceed And Excel (Aus) colt who is a half-brother to the MGSW and GISP Elysea's World (Ire) (Champs Elysees {GB}) from Ecurie Yann Creff; Ecurie Prevost-Baratte's lot 37, a granddaughter of GI Mother Goose S. heroine Buster's Ready (More Than Ready) by Lope de Vega (Ire); a Siyouni (Fr) colt (lot 67) from the extended family of two-time Group 1 winner Ectot (GB) (Hurricane Run {Ire}) consigned by Ecurie Yann Creff; and Knockanglass Stable's lot 81I, a son of Night of Thunder (Ire) out of Clowning (Distorted Humor), herself a daughter of GI Gazelle S. heroine Flashing (A.P. Indy).

Leading the horses-in-training portion is G2 Italian 2000 Guineas hero Fayathaan (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}) as lot 503. One of four from Roberto Biondi's Channel Consignment, the 3-year-old colt is joined by group winner Elisa Again (GB) (Champs Elysees {GB}) (lot 487); 2021 G2 Derby Italiano runner-up Juan de Montalban (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) (lot 488); and the black-type winner and G3 Italian St Leger-placed Agnes (Fr) (Planteur {Ire}) (lot 502). Another Flat lot of interest is Jean-Claude Rouget's lot 489, Darkness (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}), a winner of the Listed Criterium de Lyon and third in the 2021 G3 Prix La Force.

Topping the COVID-19-condensed one-day sale in 2020 was the National Hunt horse-in-training Prunay (Fr) (Prince Gibraltar {Fr}), who changed hands for €240,000. On the Flat side, a juvenile colt named Chez Pierre (Fr) by subsequent Champion First-Crop stallion Mehmas (Ire) brought €100,000. To date, he has won all three of his starts in the blue, green and white colours of American owner Roy Jackson. The overall statistics were 198 offered and 153 sold (77.3%) with a gross of €2,894,000. The average was €18,915 and the median was €9,000.

Back in a coronavirus-free 2019, the sale was conducted over two days and boasted a clearance rate of 77.7% for 296 sold from 381 offered. The gross was €7,578,502, with an average of €25,603 and a median of €15,000.

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