Arqana

BBA Ireland Buys Txope For €1.2 Million On Behalf Of Yulong At Arqana

Demand for horses-in-training under both codes and breeding stock was at a premium in Deauville, as the Arqana Summer Sale wrapped its two-day stand on Friday. Towering over the proceedings was the €1.2-million purchase Txope (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) (lot 421), who caught the eye of BBA Ireland's Michael Donohoe acting on behalf of Yulong Investments. The daughter of three-time French listed-placed mare Power of The Moon (Ire) (Acclamation {GB) was bred by Haras Voltaire and consigned by trainer Philippe Decouz. Formerly an Ecurie Griezmann colourbearer, the relative of dual group...

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Medaglia d'Oro Colt Shines During The First Day Of The Arqana Summer Sale

A son of Medaglia d'Oro (lot 33) topped the first session of the Arqana Summer Sale at €220,000 in Deauville on Thursday. Offered by MC Thoroughbred, Marco Bozzi Bloodstock snapped up the May third foal, with Bozzi bidding beside Alessandro Botti on behalf of Prince Saud bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. "He's a lovely colt by Medaglia d'Oro, a stallion that has had a lot of success in Saudi Arabia," said the agent. "We've been following the colt for a while already, and we went to see him in...

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Pair Of Wildcards Enhance Arqana Summer Sale

The Arqana Summer Sale, set for June 30-July 1, gained two new wildcards on Tuesday. Absurde (Fr) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) (lot 473), offered by Carlos Laffon-Parias, is rated 102. The Wertheimer & Frere homebred gelding has placed in nine of his 11 starts, including twice at listed level. Royal Lea (Ire) (Dandy Man {Ire}) (lot 422), a listed winner in Milan, goes under the hammer from the consignment of Gianluca Bietolini. She is a full-sister to My Lea (Ire), who has scored twice at the Group 3 level in Italy.

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Txope Heads Seven Additions to Arqana Summer Sale

Classic winner Txope (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) heads a septet of new additions to the Arqana Summer Sale, which will be held June 29 through July 1. A total of 145 horses-in-training on the flat and over the jumps are already catalogued. Trained by Philippe Decouz on behalf of Ecurie Griezmann, the winner of the G2 German 1000 Guineas will be offered as Lot 421. She is out of the black-type mare Power of the Moon (Ire) from the family of dual group winner Zinziberine (Zieten). Offered as Lot 471, Havana...

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Kingman's Noble Truth Takes The Jersey

There is something about the straight track at Ascot that seems to bring out the best in Charlie Appleby's runners and Saturday's G3 Jersey S. had a familiar feel as last year's winning team again prevailed with Noble Truth (Fr) (Kingman {GB}). Talented at two, the Listed Flying Scotsman S. winner and G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere runner-up had threatened to head south mentally but a gelding operation after his latest six-length success in Newmarket's Listed King Charles II S. over this seven-furlong trip Apr. 29 put him on the right...

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Quintet Of Wild Cards Join Arqana Summer Sale

Five more wild cards were added to the Arqana Summer Sale in Deauville on Friday. Scheduled for June 30-July 1, the two-day stand has gained lot 420, the Pia and Joakim Brandt-trained Areen (Giant's Causeway), who is a half-brother to the stakes horse Royale By Nature (Ire) (Myboycharlie {Ire}). Alexandra Rosa will consign the placed Queen Clemence (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) (lot 442) from the family of G1 Prix du Jockey Club hero Blue Canari (Fr) (Acatenango {Ger}); while Daddy Long Legs (Fr) (Almanzor {Fr}) (lot 443), out of the listed...

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No Nay Never's Meditate Makes All In The Albany

The heat was on at Royal Ascot on Friday, but Aidan O'Brien could rest easy with Ryan Moore and Meditate (Ire) (No Nay Never) keeping it simple as they dominated the G3 Albany S. with a performance that was as impressive as it was straightforward. Sent off the 5-2 second favourite with Godolphin's Mawj (Ire) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) shading it at 2-1, the €360,000 Arqana Deauville August graduate who had already passed the test of Naas's G3 Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies Sprint S. with comfort was sent to...

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New Bay's Claymore Wins The Hampton Court

There was so much focus on The Queen's Reach For the Moon (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) in the build-up to Thursday's G3 Hampton Court S., it had almost assumed the air of a foregone conclusion but in the final analysis the Royal runner was second-best to the G3 Craven S. runner-up Claymore (Fr) (New Bay {GB}). With Frankie's day about to get even worse, Adam Kirby set off in front on Mary Slack's 7-1 second favourite and refused to let the Gosden runner past when it came down to...

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No Nay Never's Little Big Bear Best In The Windsor Castle

The subject of a momentous gamble in Wednesday's Listed Windsor Castle S., Ballydoyle's Little Big Bear (Ire) (No Nay Never--Adventure Seeker {Fr}, by Bering {GB}) duly delivered to maintain the 100% record of the TDN Rising Stars in Royal Ascot's two-year-old contests. Hammered into 6-5 favouritism to get Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore off the mark for the week, the impressive Naas maiden winner raced near the pace far side before being sent forward with hands and heels passing halfway. In the end, the imposing bay had to fight to...

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Dubawi's Eldar Eldarov Edges The Queen's Vase

Wednesday's G2 Queen's Vase was staged over 14 furlongs, but it took a pixel study for the judge to call it as TDN Rising Star Eldar Eldarov (GB) inched out Zechariah (Ire) (Nathaniel {Ire}) to continue the fine week for Dubawi (Ire). KHK Racing's unbeaten colt had launched his season with a win over 10 furlongs on Newcastle's Tapeta May 24, but Roger Varian had plumped for this staying test of all the options here and ultimately was fully justified as the £480,000 Arqana Breeze Up graduate needed every yard...

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Nine Wild Cards Added To Arqana Summer Sale

The Arqana Summer Sale grew by nine lots, as more wild cards were added on Tuesday. One of the new lots, the Bated Breath (GB) horse Makaloun (Fr) (lot 236a), will be offered by The Aga Khan Studs. The dual Group 3 winner was also third in the G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud. Haras des Capucines will send Tosia (Ger) (Big Shuffle) (lot 295A) through the ring. She is already the dam of listed winner Think of Me (Ger) (So You Think {NZ}) and the 14-year-old is in foal to Zelzal...

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Siyouni's Txope Powers To German 1000 Guineas Glory

Ecurie Griezmann's battle-hardened 3-year-old filly Txope (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}--Power of the Moon {Ire}, by Acclamation {GB}) had made seven consecutive starts in stakes company leading into Sunday's G2 Wempe 102nd German 1000 Guineas at Dusseldorf and emerged with a career high to add to a victory in last term's Listed Winterkonigin Trial at Cologne. The €310,000 Arqana September yearling went postward for this second start in Germany coming back off a fifth in Deauville's Apr. 7 G3 Prix Imprudence and a runner-up finish in ParisLongchamp's May 1 Listed Prix du...

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