PLENTY of Irish trainers, buyers and breeders will be at the Arqana Autumn Sale which starts today [Saturday] and runs until next Thursday. There is a strong National Hunt theme running through the sale and, as it does not clash with Goffs this year, there has been a great take-up by the Irish racing and breeding community of the offer from Arqana to arrange transport and accommodation.
Nicola Kent is Arqana’s Irish representative and she can provide interested parties with catalogues and information on travelling. For bloodstock and bidding, the best contacts are Mathieu Legarde and Freddy Powell, who both speak fluent English. Bids can also be placed through arqanaonline.com but you need to create an account and register for the sale of your choice in advance.
With France in lockdown, Arqana has done very well to keep the sale on and access to the sales complex will be restricted to professionals participating in the sale, namely consignors and their staff, buyers, vets, shipping agents and Arqana personnel. The sale will be staged entirely outdoors in compliance with increased Covid-19 guidelines. Buyers can place bids from around the parade ring if they have pre-registered with Arqana, or they can bid by phone or online.
The sale starts at 11am today (Saturday) with a session of 254 flat-bred yearlings, organised in partnership with Osarus. Among the sires represented are Dabirsim, Galiway, Goken, Kendargent, Le Havre, Shalaa and Pedro The Great, as well as first-crop sires Aclaim, Al Wukair, Birchwood, Brametot, Ectot, Elm Park, Recorder, The Grey Gatsby, Whitecliffofdover, Wings Of Eagles, Zarak and Zelzal.
Sunday is a ‘dark’ day, reserved for inspections. On Monday around 200 flat and National Hunt horses-in-training will go under the hammer. Tuesday is devoted to a total of 151 stores, including a number of horses that would traditionally have been offered at the Summer Sale.
Wednesday’s session sees 189 National Hunt-bred yearlings offered for sale, and on Thursday 161 National Hunt foals, fillies and broodmares will be on offer, in a session which has been brought forward from the December Sales.
Monday’s flat horses
Lot 424: QUIAN, a son of Mastercraftsman trained by Peter Schiergen that has a current rating of 106. The colt won the Group 3 Deutsches St. Leger and Listed Hoppegartener Steher-Preis this season.
Lot 393: IRSHAD, with a current rating of 97. A winner on his debut and competitive at listed level on several occasions.
Lot 394: VARDANI, a three-year-old son of Charm Spirit who has won two of his three outings.
Lot 427: FLAMBEUR, four-year-old winner of the Listed La Coupe de Marseille last year and won his most recent start.
Lot 428: HEALER, three-year-old winner on his debut and runner-up in a Class 2 at Clairefontaine.
Lot 418: ARAPAHO, a consistent three-year-old and winner of the Listed Prix du Pont Neuf over seven furlongs at ParisLongchamp this year. He has a current rating of 102.
Lot 419: MEASURE OF TIME, winner of the Listed Prix Michel Houyvet for the Coolmore partners following a third in the Group 3 Prix du Lys. He has a current rating of 103.
Lot 416: HALIPHON, a progressive three-year-old gelding that won over a mile last time at Chantilly.
Lot 417: HELLENISTIQUE, another three-year-old gelding by Wootton Bassett with a rating of 88 who was last seen taking third in a Class 2 at Deauville.
Lot 353: BIG FIVE, a three-year-old gelding by Frankel, unbeaten in two starts over a mile and a half, offered from The Channel Consignement for Al Shahania Stud.
Lot 373: CALCULATING, a three-year-old gelding with a rating of 92 that won by more than five lengths over 10 and a half furlongs at Saint-Cloud in the colours of the Niarchos Family, offered from Pascal Bary.
Monday’s National Hunt horses in training
Lot 467: FALSTAFF, last year’s Grade 3 Prix Robert Lejeune winner, also the winner of his only start this season.
Lot 447: GAIUS, a four-year-old gelding, still a novice, runner-up and a winner at Auteuil on his first two starts over hurdles.
Lot 458: OBSESSION, a four-year-old gelding that won his second start over hurdles by more than 12 lengths.
Lot 469: GRANIT DE THAIX, a consistent four-year-old gelding who won last time out.
Tuesday’s two-year-old National Hunt stores
Lot 487: half-sister to Grade 1 Prix La Haye Jousselin winner Lagunak and Listed Prix Finot scorer La Bombonera.
Lot 532: a half-brother by Network to Rock Noir, the winner of the Grade 1 Prix Renaud du Vivier.
Lot 589: a half-brother by Authorized to Sceau Royal, the winner of five graded races including the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices’ Chase.
Lot 601: a full-brother by Walk In The Park to eight-time Grade 1 winner Douvan.
Lot 579: a daughter of Authorized, the second foal out of Grade 1 Prix Alain du Breil victor Roll On Has.
Lot 592: a daughter of Masked Marvel out of Grade 1 Prix Renaud du Vivier winner Shekira, already the dam of Grade 3 scorer Warthog.
Wednesday’s National Hunt yearlings
Lot 633: a son of No Risk At All out of multiple graded race winner Ambroise.
Lot 644: a son of Doctor Dino out of Auteuil listed placed Bal Celtique.
Lot 645: a son of Doctor Dino, the first foal out of Auteuil listed winner Becquascenthe.
Lot 680: a Pastorius half-sister to dual Grade 1 winning Petite Parisienne.
Lot 797: a full-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Milord Thomas.
Thursday’s National Hunt breeding stock
Lot 814: A 2% share in stallion No Risk At All, sire of Epatante and Allaho.
Lot 876: a foal half-brother by Montmartre to dual Grade 1 winner Whisper.
Lot 925: a foal three-parts brother to No Risk At All.
Lot 902: BAIE DES ILES, Grade 2 Prix des Drags winner in foal to Doctor Dino.
Lot 938: PRINCESS KAP, Grade 2 Prix des Drags winner, in foal to No Risk at All.
Lot 897: DREAM OF STORM, a half-sister to Grade 3 scorer Stormy Ireland, in foal to Nirvana Du Berlais.
Lot 831: SAINT BEAUTY, full-sister to Grade 1 scorer Le Rocher, carrying her first foal by Great Pretender.
Lot 868: GREENLAND, an unraced half-sister to the champions Questerabad and Crystal Beach, in foal to Great Pretender.
Lot 926: EPSILON DES OBEAUX, a half-sister to Alpha Des Obeaux, in foal to Clovis Du Berlais.
Lot 849: a foal by Authorized, a three-parts brother to Tiger Roll.
Lot 909: a foal, half-sister by Voiladenuo to Grade 1 winner Brindisi Breeze.
UP to 20 extra horses in training have been added to next week’s sale. The majority are horses in training, there is one extra broodmare and one more foal. The extra foal (Lot 910) is named Kloth Of Utopia and is a half-brother by Cloth Of Stars to Theleme, winner of a Grade 1 hurdle race at Auteuil on Sunday,
Two late entries for the horses in training section to note are Garkapstar (Lot 439) and Hawai Game (Lot 461). Garkapstar is a four-year-old AQPS son of Kapgarde and he has won his first two starts over fences, including one last week at Lyon. Hawai Game is a three-year-old AQPS half-brother by Diamond Boy to recent Gowran Park Champion Chase winner Easy Game.
Web: arqana.com for more details.
Sale: Arqana Autumn Sale at
Dates: Saturday, November 14th to Thursday, November 19th
Online catalogue: arqana.com
Catalogues/travel: Tel Nicola Kent on 087-2861149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bloodstock/bidding: Tel Mathieu
Legars on 0033 786 410217 or email email@example.com
Bloodstock/bidding: Tel Freddy Powell on 0033 630 680660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org