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Half-Brother to SILVINIACO CONTI sets new record price for a store

The opening day of the 2018 Summer Sale registered an aggregate of €3,401,700, up 14.7% from 2017. The average price held steady at €28,829 (-1.8%) but the clearance rate slipped from 75% to 62%.

There was a solid appetite for two-year-old stores with six of them commanding six-figure prices, up from three a year ago. Despite a larger offering in this section, two thirds of the 122 horses changed hands and the average price of €39,796 showed a 16% from last year. The total aggregate for this segment was €2,980,000, a 36.5% jump from the 2017 figure.

Offered by Jean-Marie Callier, a Poliglote half-brother to the seven-time Grade 1 winner over fences SILVINIACO CONTI (lot 165) caused a mighty stir in the ring and went on to set a new record price for a store sold at ARQANA. Guillaume Macaire placed an opening bid of €100,000 and the price swiftly rose to €180,000 with the hammer coming down in favour of the Royan-based trainer. Macaire was stood alongside Pierre Pilarski, who achieved fame in racing courtesy of his champion trotter BOLD EAGLE and has been a growing force at National Hunt sales of late.

"Pierre and I are going to partner in this horse," indicated Macaire. "I know the family well as I used to train Silvianaco Conti and Ucello Conti among others. We are looking for quality horses and couldn't bypass this one. He is also one of the very last Poliglotes around so we are thrilled to have him." Jean-Marie Callier ended the day as leading vendor with 6 of his 8 stores through the ring (75%) selling for a cumulated €372,000.

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