THE upcoming Arqana Autumn Sale, running for three days starting on Monday, November 18th, is sure to be of interest to many Irish buyers as it has been a rich source of high-class winners on the flat and over jumps.
Store purchase Min and yearling buy Quel Destin are among the current leading National Hunt winners to emerge from the sale, while this season has seen graduates such as Eglantine Du Seuil, Easy Game, Laldann and Messagere land valuable prizes for their connections.
On the flat, performers such as US Grade 2 winner Amade, Carzoff, In Front, Pedro Cara, Hermaphrodite, Lady Sydney, La Feve, Tresorerie and Silverwave continue to advertise the sale as a rich vein of winners on the racecourse.
The current published catalogue brings together 237 horses in training, 51 two-year-old stores and 356 flat and National Hunt-bred yearlings. This week the company announced 10 wild card entries of horses who have shown recent eye-catching performances on the track. These young jumpers will sell on the opening day of the sale and full details are available online.
They include GA Law, an impressive winner on his hurdling debut at Argentan. This three-year-old AQPS gelding, trained by Gabriel Leenders, is from the family of the Delta Work. Winner of his only start by more than three lengths against a strong field at Auteuil, Stratagem is a three-year-old gelding by Sunday Break consigned by Daniela Mele. A winner of his debut at Compiegne over hurdles, Fire Dancer, trained by Guillaume Macaire, is a three-year-old half-brother by Martaline to graded winners Tzar’s Dancer and Al Dancer.
With potential in both spheres of racing, 17 horses from the Aga Khan Studs will go under the hammer. Wertheimer et Frère will offer five lots, including the three-year-old Deep Impact colt Takuendo who has a rating of 95. Two lots from the Niarchos Family will also go under the hammer. The three-year-old Galileo maiden Boreas has beaten some smart performers, while the consistent four-year-old Mount Popa is rated 93.
The horses in training are from many of the leading handlers in France.
Fabrice Chappet consigns 13 horses, including Al Aresh, a three-year-old son of Footstepsinthesand who won his debut at Deauville, as well as the Kendargent four-year-old Ken Colt, a listed winner in July and group-placed. He has a current rating of 108. Andre Fabre offers eight lots, including the consistent Dark Angel three-year-old Bleu Marine, a winner over a mile at Chantilly this season beating three blacktype performers.
Among the National Hunt breds in the sale, five horses will be consigned by Haras des Pierres Follets on behalf of Ecurie Cerdeval, including the very consistent Gaillard Du Mesnil, a son of Saint Des Saints and a recent second in the Grade 2 (AQPS) Prix du Bourbonnais. There are several three-year-olds that have shown their aptitude for longer distances, including Authorized’s son Eclair Etincelle who won on his debut. Also worth watching for is Floueur, placed in a Sligo bumper and winner by more than six lengths on his first outing over hurdles in Nantes, and Milanesca, a three-year-old filly who won by eight lengths on her debut over hurdles at Le Touquet.
The second day of the sale on Tuesday, November 19th comprises two-year-old stores and National Hunt-bred yearlings. Standouts include siblings to top performers such as superstars Douvan and Sprinter Sacre, Grade 1 winners Peace And Co, Marasonnien, Quel Destin, Petite Parisienne, Whisper, Feu Follet, Milord Thomas, Styline and Martinstar.
A total of 186 flat-bred yearlings complete the sale on Wednesday, November 20th.