Arqana Yearling Sales In France – Son of Galileo Goes For €800,000

Arqana Yearling Sales In France – Son of Galileo Goes For €800,000

The 2019 edition of the August Yearling Sale opened its doors, with the median close to €283, 000 recording a 23 per cent rise with the clearance staying solid from 2018. The turnover for the session reached €14,580,000.

Top price for a son of Galileo

A son of top sire stallion Galileo was the most expensive during the session, with lot 23 from Haras d’Etreham selling for €800,000 to Phoenix Thoroughbreds. He is the first foal out of dual Group winner STEIP AMACH. Tom Ludt said, «I would love to good colt by Galileo, so we’re very excited. When we buy yearlings in Europe, we send them to England to be broken before deciding on further plans. We like to take our time and we’ve got a lot of trainers, so no decisions will be made yet…»

A wide variety of buyers

The eight top lots during the day were all sold to different purchasers, showing the diversity of buyers. Godolphin led the way, notably signing for the first foal out of Listed placed SIAMSAIOCHT by Siyouni (lot 8) from Ecurie des Monceaux for €450,000. Anthony Stroud commented, «She is a very goodlooking filly that moves very well. Her sire is an exceptional stallion – I’ve had lots of luck with him – and she was bred at a top stud. All of this makes her a very attractive prospect. She will run in the Godolphin colours.»

Lot 68 was also knocked down to Stroud from Haras de la Perelle. He was another son of the in-demand Galileo and the second foal out of dual Group 2 and Group 1 Matron Stakes runner-up Cladocera. He was bought for €750,000. “He’s a very nice yearling – and I hope he will be on the racetrack! He’s very athletic by a wonderful stallion in Galileo out of a Group winning mare.” Second on the overall buyer’s list, Shawn Dugan had the last word when going to €700,000 for lot 4, from the family of black-type performers PLUMANIA, PLUMATIC and LEFT HAND from Ecurie des Monceaux. «She’s absolutely stunning, obviously. We went a lot higher than we wanted to but she’s just gorgeous. There’s nothing wrong with her, the stallion’s on fire and the family is live, that’s all I can say. We’re very happy. She’s been bought for an undisclosed client of mine but she will stay in training in France as she is a French bred. She’s an absolute stunner.» Shawn Dugan also bought the half-sister to Fleeting (lot 54) for €400,000 from Haras d’Ombreville. “She’s a lovely filly from an excellent family, half-sister to one of the best fillies in Europe. Her new owner is very happy! She was born in late April, so she’s going to blossom a lot still hopefully. She’ll stay in France to go into training.”

€700,000 for the half-brother to SOTTSASS, SISTERCHARLIE and MY SISTER NAT

The eagerly awaited lot 21, offered from Ecurie des Monceaux, is a half-brother to Prix du Jockey Club (Gr.1) SOTTSASS, six times Gr.1 winner SISTERCHARLIE and MY SISTER NAT. He was sold for €700,000 to David Redvers. «He’s probably out of one of the most exciting young mares and one of the most exciting crosses. He’s the most gorgeous horse and temperament – he was walking around there like he owned the place. He’s been bought for Qatar Racing and we’re very very excited to have him. I was on the phone to Sheikh Fahad in California where he is watching proceedings, and I’m thrilled to get a horse like that. He is the type of horse he is now looking for – we’re breeding a lot of our own but we want to fill in the gaps and find these kinds of horses. He’s a world class horse at a world class sale. I haven’t had a chance to discuss plans with him yet, but one thing is for certain, he will go to a trainer who deserves him.»

A daughter of Siyouni for Jason Litt

Offered from the Fairway Consignment (lot 49), the daughter of Siyouni out of Listed winner and Group placed APPLE CHARLOTTE was sold for €650,000 to Jason Litt. She’s a half-sister to Group placed LOTTIE. “Clearly a lot of people liked her as well and we’re delighted to have her. She’s been bought for LNJ Foxwoods. She’s a lovely filly – we prefer to buy them first before making any plans to her future! We’ve had a lot of success with horses bought from Arqana.”

A daughter of Frankel for Justin Casse

A half-sister by Frankel to Group winner NORDIC ONE and FAMILY ONE was bought for €535,000 by Justin Casse. Consigned by Haras des Capucines (lot 52), she is a daughter of Listed winner ASCOT FAMILY. “If she does as well as War Of Will she will be worth her weight in gold. She stood over a lot of ground, she moved really well and had a lot of quality to her. Frankel’s been very good to me, I’ve bought some stakes horses by him. She’s got residual value and looked the part.”

A daughter of Le Havre for Oceanic Bloodstock

A daughter of Le Havre out of dual Group 3 winner TOP TOSS was knocked down for €500,000 to Oceanic Bloodstock. Consigned by Haras de la Louviere (lot 29), she is a half-sister to Group 3 winner and dual Group 1 placed LESSTALK IN PARIS. Michel Zerolo said, «She’s a filly that we like a lot. We didn’t think we’d have to pay so much to get her! She’s going to stay in France and go into training with Jean-Claude Rouget. I’ve bought her for White Birch Farm.”

€450.000 for a son of Invincible Spirit

Consigned by Camas Park & Glenvale Studs (lot 41), a son of Invincible Spirit and the Prix de Flore (Gr.3) winner ALBISOLA was knocked down for €450,000 to Emmanuel de Seroux (Narvick International) on behalf of Satomi Horse Company. “He’s got an exceptional physique and is very athletic. We saw him at the stud a few weeks ago and wanted to buy him. He will probably race in France – I’ve bought him for the Satomi Horse Company. Mr Satomi has had lots of success in Japan and would like to have some quality horses in Europe,» de Seroux said.

€400,000 for a son of Frankel

Offered from Hubert Honore (lot 18), this son of the top stallion Frankel was sold for €400,000 to the Hong Kong Jockey Club. He is out of the Prix Eclipse (Gr.3) winner SOUVENIR DELONDRES.

Half-sister to DUKE OF HAZZARD sold for €400,000

A half-sister by Teofilo to the Gr.3 Thoroughbred Stakes winner DUKE OF HAZZARD consigned by Haras d’Etreham (lot 35) made €400,000 to Bertrand Le Metayer. “She’s a nice filly with the same character as Teofilo, that is a good stallion. We like his statistics as a producer as well as dam sire. She looks precocious. She’ll go into training with Francis-Henri Graffard.»

€400,000 for a daughter of Galileo

Consigned by Ecurie des Monceaux (lot 78), this filly hails from the family of Arc winner DANEDREAM. The daughter of Galileo is the second foal out of Listed placed DEBUTANTE and was bought for €400,000 by Meridian International. “Despite being small, she has a lot of quality. We like her a lot. For us, Galileo is the best, not only as a stallion but also as a dam sire. I have bought her for a new partnership of Saoudi clients. I bought her dam before the Arc. I’ll keep a little part of this filly in the syndicate.”

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