MOYGLARE Stud in Maynooth, Co Kildare, bought the top lot on the opening day of the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale in Deauville when giving €3.2 million for Malavath.

The three-year-old Mehmas filly was a Group 2 winner as a juvenile and placed second in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. This year she won at Group 3 level and finished second to Kinross in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret.

Malavath will reportedly by kept in training and sent to the US to join trainer Christophe Clement. Moyglare's Fiona Craig said: “She’s a beautiful filly, and physically she has everything to be a good broodmare. She should bring speed, which we are looking for. She likes the US and has everything to win a Grade 1 over there. That’s the aim!"

Moyglare Stud has had a particularly good year on the track. They bred and part-own Europe's outstanding stayer Kyprios and also own Irish 1000 Guineas winner Homeless Songs. Trevaunance gave the Haefner family-owned stud a Group 2 success.

At the recent Tattersalls December Foal Sale, Moyglare Stud paid 550,000gns for a Frankel filly foal. On Saturday Moyglare also bought German Group 2 winner Amazing Grace (by Protectionist) for €850,000.

Seven fillies made seven figures during Saturday's session. The day's turnover of €45.9 million exceeded the four-day turnover of the record edition of 2021.

Of the 238 mares, fillies and foals that passed through the ring, 79% were sold (+6% compared to 2021) for an average price of €244,045, a 17% increase. In total, 23 mares and fillies were sold for €500,000 or more compared to 13 last year and seven of them made €1 million or more (compared to five in 2021).

The day's leading buyer was Michael Donohoe of BBA Ireland. He signed for 35 fillies and mares bought for a total of €8.5 million. The most expensive of his purchases was Let's Misbehave (€920,000), a daughter of Montjeu in foal to Siyouni.

The Group 1 Prix Vermeille winner Sweet Lady (by Lope De Vega) was sold to Claiborne Stud for €2.05 million. “I’ve been looking for mares with good performances and good pedigrees," said Claiborne's Bernie Sams. "She’s a beautiful filly and these opportunities don’t come around very often. She’ll go to England where my client already has some of their mares at stud."

The Group 1-placed Burgarita (by Sea The Stars) was snapped up by Godolphin for €1.7 million.

Amo Racing's Group 2 winner Hello You (by Invincible Spirit) is off to Japan, bought by the Shadai Farm for €1.55 million. Also bound for Japan is the four-year-old Thunder Drum, a Group 3 winner by Dubawi out of Great Heavens. She was bought by Katsumi Yoshida of Northern Farm for €1.1 million.

Bloodstock agent Hubie de Burgh spent €1.25 million on Times Square, a three-year-old filly by Zarak who finished third in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches. “We had some big opponents and we wanted to do everything to get her," said de Burgh. "She’ll gocto Australia, where she will stay in training."

Finally, Nick Bradley Racing sold the prolific winner Oscula for €1 million to Prince Faisal's Nawara Stud. By Galileo Gold, Oscula was a 4,000gns yearling at Tattersalls October Book 4. Trained by George Boughey, she raced 23 times and won six times, including three Group 3 contests.

“Prince Faisal spent a lot of time going through the catalogue," said agent Ted Voute. "She’s the filly we wanted to buy. She’ll be retired to stud and be covered by Mishriff.”

The sale continues on Sunday.