FRENCH bloodstock sales company Arqana is putting out the red carpet to attract new clients from Ireland and Britain to its summer sale at Deauville.
The mixed sale, which has produced Anibale Fly in recent years and also saw Willie Mullins just miss out on buying this week’s Royal Ascot Group 1 winner Lord Glitters, takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday week, July 2nd and 3rd.
It is preceded by a breeze-up session on Monday, July 1st and Arqana is recommending that potential purchasers travel in time to attend next Saturday’s Lumet Show at Bécon-les-Granits in partnership with Ecuries de la Ridaudière, where 67 young horses will be on offer.
There are 450 horses in the Summer Sale catalogue. Tuesday’s session will begin with 44 flat breezers, followed by 140 two- and three-year-old stores. Wednesday’s session contains 100 fillies and mares, followed by 170 horses in training. Three wildcards were added to the catalogue yesterday.
Among the flat breezers is a Hot Streak half-brother to Irish 1000 Guineas third Foxtrot Liv. A brother to Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo is sure to be a highlight of the stores section, and there are also brothers to Grade 1 winners Very Wood and Diego Du Charmil on offer.
Floret, a Galileo half-sister to the top-class Moonlight Cloud, is the star attraction in the breeding section of the sale.
Many of the top French yards have consignments in the horses in training section, and there are also drafts from leading owners such as the Aga Khan and the Wertheimers.
Information on flights, accommodation and shuttle buses for Irish and British visitors is available on the Arqana website.
Tel: +33 2 31818100