Article Date: 03-December-2011
Saturday was day one of the Deauville Breeding Stock Sale and it returned a set of figures largely up from last year’s corresponding day.
The turnover was €11,882,000 (including private sales), up 5.2% from 2010, while the average price hiked up 18.7% to reach a record €74,044.
Some 148 of the 210 fillies, mares and foals on offer changed hands. This equated to a clearance rate of 70,5%, the only indicator that couldn’t match last year’s mark of 83%.
A total of 37 lots broke the €100,000 barrier over the session, nine more than in 2010.
An almost white mare from the Aga Khan Studs attracted the highest bid of the day when knocked down for €520,000 to Horse France’s Robert Nataf, who was standing alongside Paul Shanahan and MV Magnier.
Artistique, a daughter of Linamix, is the dam of the Grand Prix de Paris winner Montmartre, and was offered in foal to Sea The Stars’ sire Cape Cross. Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock was the underbidder.
Much earlier in the day Haras du Quesnay’s Jumooh, a daughter of Monsun offered in foal to Invincible Spirit, was bought by Nicolas de Watrigant of Mandore International for €450,000 on behalf of Ling and Christopher Tsui. This four-year-old filly is a half-sister to the Queen Mary Stakes winner and 1000 Guineas third Maqaasid. Their dam is a half-sister to dual Group 1 winner Ghanaati as well as Mawatheeq and Rumoush, while the third dam is Height Of Fashion, the dam of Nayef, Nashwan and Unfuwain.
Two mares offered within minutes of each other sold for €400,000. The first of them was the Haras d’Etreham-consigned May Kiersey, a seven-year-old daughter of Sadler’s Wells out of Gwynn, which makes her a full sister to the Group 3 winner and Prix de Diane runner-up Gagnoa, as well as a three-parts sister to Derby hero Pour Moi. The icing on the cake was a
covering by the very fashionable Fastnet Rock, whose progeny landed four Classics in Australia and New Zealand this year. Australian Paul Makin was keen to secure the handsome bay, but eventually had to admit defeat at the hands of Shadai Farm.
Minutes later, Haras des Sablonnets’ Hidden Silver fetched the exact same price on a bid from Mandore International. The handsome mare ticked all the boxes of a lot of investors as a daughter of the proven broodmare sire Anabaa, carrying to the leading sire Dubawi.
Shadai Farm, represented by Tetsuya Yoshida, completed their shopping list later when paying €360,000 for Italian 1000 Guineas scorer Evading Tempete. From the draft of Haras des Capucines, this top class filly who also took a Listed race at Deauville and finished second in the Group 3 Prix Imprudence,
Australian Paul Fudge of Waratah Thoroughbreds, who made a massive impression in August when paying €1.7 million for a daughter of Galileo out of Sanjida, stepped into one the Wertheimers’ finest family when signing at €350,000 for the three-year-old Insoumise, a Galileo half-sister to the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud winner Plumania and to Prix de Royallieu scorer Balladeuse.
Near the end of the session, bidding soared to €310,000 for the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches runner-up Baine, offered out of training by Haras du Berlais. This beautiful filly boasts an intriguing pedigree, being by Country Reel and from the maternal family of the same sire. She went the way of Patricia Boutin (Suprina) following a fierce battle against Northern Farm.
The sale continues on Sunday.
More information in The Irish Field next Saturday. Online from 10.30pm Friday night.
Pictured below: The sales arena at Deauville as captured by Freddy Powell of Arqana
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