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Le Courtois Appointed ARQANA Manager of Info. Systems

ARQANA announced the addition of Pierre Le Courtois to the position of Manager of Information Systems. The 26-year-old native of France graduated with a General Engineering degree before specialising in Network and Information Systems at EIGSI in La Rochelle. More recently, he was in charge of web development and project management at a digital services company for a little over a year. Additionally, Le Courtois secured an amateur rider's license in 2012 and served stints with trainers Arnaud Chaille-Chaille, Pierre Fertillet and Willie Mullins. "Pierre's training and experience will enable...

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Miami Voice Tops Arqana Online Sale

Miami Voice (Ire) (Shalaa) (lot 1), a debut winner at Fontainebleau on Mar. 12 for trainer Alessandro Botti, topped three lots sold during Arqana Online's latest sale on Friday. The 3-year-old colt was bought for €250,000 by Mandore International Agency and Meridian International, with Nicolas de Watrigant explaining the transaction was made on behalf of a partnership. "We've bought him for a syndicate that is made up of Alain Jathiere, Gerard Augustin-Normand, Carlo Ancelotti and Sol Kumin", de Watrigant said. "He'll continue his career with Alessandro Botti." Miami Voice is...

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Arqana May Breeze-Up Catalogue Online

A total of 158 2-year-olds have been catalogued for the 2021 Arqana Deauville Breeze-Up Sale, to be held Friday, May 14, beginning at 1pm, one day after all the lots will perform their under-tack breezes at Deauville-La Touques Racecourse. The catalogue is enriched with pedigrees to appeal to an international buying bench, with many prominent sires from either side of the Atlantic strongly represented. European stalwarts include the likes of Dark Angel (Ire), Dubawi (Ire), Exceed and Excel (Aus), Galileo (Ire), Invincible Spirit (Ire), Mehmas (Ire), No Nay Never, Sea...

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Two NH Horses-in-Training Added to Arqana Online March Catalogue

Young jumpers Bachelier (Fr) (Coastal Path {GB}) and Hispanic Moon (Fr) (Spanish Moon) have been added to the Arqana Online Horses-in-Training Sale slated for Friday, Mar. 26, the sales company announced on Tuesday. Second on his debut over hurdles at Auteuil, the 4-year-old gelding (lot 5) will be offered by Daniela Mele. David Cottin consigns AQPS 4-year-old filly Hispanic Moon (lot 6), who has won consecutive starts over hurdles and was fourth in the G3 Prix de Guilledines in 2020. The sale begins at 2 p.m. local time and ends...

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Arqana Online Offers Four Horses In Training

Arqana will offer four horses in training through its online platform on Mar. 26. Three-year-old colt Miami Voice (Ire) (Shalaa {Ire}) is being offered off a debut score at Fontainebleau on Mar. 12 for owner Tom Whitehead and trainers Alessandro and Giuseppe Botti. Miami Voice is the first foal out of Lou (Fr) (Kendargent {Fr}), a half-sister to Charm Spirit (Ire) also from the family of 2020 G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Dream And Do (Ire) (Siyouni {Fr}). A debut winner in November, 3-year-old colt Sotoro (Fr) (Toronado {Fr})...

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Mario Gussago Appointed to Arqana Bloodstock Team

Mario Gussago has joined Arqana's bloodstock team, the sales company announced on Wednesday. Among his duties will be to support the inspection teams in France, England and Italy. Prior to starting his role at Arqana, Gussago, 31, spent five seasons as a travelling head lad to Marco Botti in England. After his stint for Botti, he gained additional experience as an assistant to trainer Roger Varian. Said Arqana Bloodstock Director Ludovic Cornuel, "We are delighted to welcome Mario to the Arqana bloodstock team. His solid experience in racing and with...

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Trade Strong At Arqana February

The two-day Arqana February Sale came to a close on Tuesday with figures up across the board. After a strong opening session on Monday led by the €250,000 AQPS gelding Hardi Du Mesnil (Fr) (Masterstroke), the sale continued apace during Tuesday's session of fillies, mares and yearlings and was topped by the 5-year-old Princess Isla (GB) (Frankel {GB}) (lot 309), who was bought by Anne-Sophie Yoh of Yohea for €110,000 on behalf of Xavier Marie of Haras de Hus. Marie is a more recent investor in racing stock and bought...

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Agathe Capdepon Appointed Arqana Communication Director

Agathe Capdepon has been promoted to Arqana Communication Director, the sales company announced on Tuesday. Capdepon began in the company's communication department in 2016. She holds degrees in literature and communication and is a qualified riding instructor. In addition, Capdepon, who previously worked at a news agency, is taking over from Alix Choppin, who will continue to collaborate with Arqana on a free-lance basis, organizing events to promote racehorse ownership in business circles. Megan Martins, in charge of digital communication, and Pauline Ritter, responsible for press relations and advertising, also...

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Arqana February Begins On Monday

Following online trade at Tattersalls and Goffs during the past fortnight, winter mixed sale trade moves to Deauville on Monday and Tuesday, where horses in training, broodmares, fillies, 2-year-olds and short yearlings will be offered at a physical Arqana February sale with strict COVID safety protocols in place. The catalogue includes offerings from the reduction of Haras du Mont-dit-Mont, and the dispersal of the late Fabrice Petit. Mont-dit-Mont brings 13 lots, including Akemi (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) (lot 232), an 11-year-old listed winner who is the dam of the winning Mastercraftsman...

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Three Wildcards Added To Arqana

Otambura (Ire) a twice-placed 3-year-old filly by Kingman (GB), is one of three wildcards to be added to the Arqana February Mixed Sale and will go through the ring on Feb. 15 as lot 150. Trained by Christophe Ferland, Otambura finished third on debut at Pau going 1400 metres on Dec. 20, and filled the same position upped to a mile at that course on Jan. 30. Otambura is joined by National Hunt wildcards Hardi Du Mesnil (AQPS) (Masterstroke) (lot 60), a debut winner over hurdles, and Meredith (Fr) (Soldier...

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Arqana February Catalogue Online

The catalogue for Arqana's February Mixed Sale, which comprises 375 horses and takes place on Feb. 15 and 16, has been released. Among those expected to draw attention are the fillies out of training, GIII Long Island S. winner Lady Paname (Fr) (Soldier Of Fortune {Ire}) (lot 160), G3 Prix Vanteaux third Lady Te (Ger) (Tertullian) (lot 253), and the G3 Prix Imprudence third Jet Setteuse (Fr) (Makfi {GB}) (lot 315). Highlights among the broodmares include the listed-winning Oh Beautiful (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) (lot 148) from the family of Halfway...

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Bouquetot Sires Shine at Arqana's Final Session

Al Shaqab Racing's Haras de Bouquetot featured heavily among the top lots on the fourth and final day of the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale in Deauville. Both the topper and next dearest lot were mares in foal to Bouquetot residents, and the co-highest-priced foal of the day was also by one of their growing roster of stallions Lot 784, the Frankel (GB) mare Bursa (GB) in foal to G1 Prix Jacques le Marois hero Al Wukair (Fr) from the Bouquetot draft proper, commanded a session-topping €38,000 from Haras du Quesnay....

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