The Grey Panel


Autumn sale closes with figures on a par with 2016

The final session of the 2017 Autumn Sale catered for the fourth tier of flat-bred yearlings, on the back of the August, V.2 and October sessions. With 40 extra horses on offer compared to the corresponding session in 2016, the aggregate increased by 12% to reach €1,260,300 while the clearance rate took a slight dip at 76% and the average price slipped 3% to settle at €7,732.

Chinese owner hoping for more French success

13 months ago at the ARQANA October Yearling Sale, Stuart Boman of Blandford Bloodstock signed a €150,000 docket for a Redoute's Choice filly, the first French purchase for Chinese owner Zhiqiang An who races under the nom de course Golden East Horse. Sent to Francis Graffard and named Lilac Fairy, she went on to win the L. Prix des Sablonnets at two and has now earned in excess of €120,000.

On the back of such a successful debut, Mr. An had Boman bid up to €70,000 today to secure a daughter of red-hot sire Dabirsim (lot 502) from the draft of Haras de Grandcamp. She is the first foal out of the winning Oliandra, a half-sister to the Gr.3 Prix Vanteaux victrix and Gr.1 Prix Saint-Alary 3rd OLORDA.

“She will go to Francis Graffard,” confirmed Boman. “I am a big fan of the sire and have previously attempted to buy a yearling by him, but this is the first one I am laying my hands on. She looks pretty racy and was born in March. She really stood out today”.

Poland’s Zielinski hunting for the next Caccini

Polish owner Andrzej Zielinski is a regular of the Autumn Sale, where his trainer Adam Wyrzyk notably sourced CACCINI three years ago. The son of American Post went on to become the best three-year-old in the country, taking the Polish Derby and Wielka Warszawska (the Polish version of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe) where he famously claimed the scalp of Team Valor’s previously undefeated VA BANK. The tandem returned for more this time around, offering €40,000 for a son of Le Havre (lot 566), also consigned by Haras de Grandcamp. The dark brown colt is a grandson of the Gr.1 performer ANABAA’S CREATION, herself a close relative to this year’s Prix de Diane runner up SISTERCHARLIE.

Autumn Sale very much on a par with 2016 renewal

With a strong turnout of buyers from all over Europe as well as China, the Middle East, America and beyond, the clearance rate for the three-day Autumn Sale improved to just under 80% and 465 heads sold, 20 more than a year ago. Total turnover reached €8,618,000, a 2% drop from last year’s record breaking renewal which had attracted an exceptional line up of Wild Card entries with jumping potential. The higher number of horses to change hands weighed on the cumulated average price, which showed a slight 4% decrease to €18,477.

Reflecting on the Autumn Sale, ARQANA CEO Eric Hoyeau commented: “It has been a very solid sale with a high clearance rate throughout, which is our ultimate barometer: it is the best reflection of the proportion of buyers and vendors who go home with a “mission accomplished” feeling and this is our role at all market levels. Our heartfelt thanks go to our vendors and buyers, who have travelled from as far afield as China, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Poland, Kazakhstan etc. to buy at Deauville. The National Hunt fraternity has been as active as ever, with a notably rise in purchases set to remain in France to be trainer. I must say a specific word about our Eastern and Central European clientele, which have been so loyal to Deauville. They have reaped rewards with Derby winners in their respective countries as well as Stakes winners in Western Europe stemming from our sales every year, and they keep returning to the well in greater numbers.”

Yearling market continues upward trend

The Autumn Sale brought to a close a remarkable 2017 yearling sales season at ARQANA, which saw a record number of individuals change hands and the cumulated turnover for the four yearling auctions progress by 1.4%.

Eric Hoyeau assessed the 2017 yearling market in the following terms: “It is another year of steady growth for the French yearling market, which is a great tribute to the quality of our breeding industry and the hard work invested on a daily basis by French-based breeders. We are indebted to the determination with which they take on this risky business, investing in quality stock, breeding to quality stallions, raising healthy and good-looking individuals. Our “product”, which is a combination of genetics, know-how, infrastructures and human resources, keeps receiving greater international recognition every year and we are also seeing a number of new domestic owners, which is extremely positive. We wish them all the best of luck with their purchases and look forward to watching these youngsters race from next year onwards, including on the new ParisLongchamp track which will open its doors in the spring.”

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