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€360,000 Siyouni filly tops part I of October Yearling Sale

The opening session of the October Yearling Sale, making up Part I of the catalogue, returned a set of contrasted figure with a clearance rate of 78.2%, in line with last year’s score, but decreases in average (€66,370, down 10%) and median (€50,000, down 14%) prices.

“There was a definite strength in depth at the top end of the market, as showed by the 8 yearlings - one more than a year ago - which commanded €200,000 or more and were knocked down to 7 individual buyers,” commented CEO Eric Hoyeau. “It was also pleasing to welcome a number of new faces at this sale, who had travelled to Deauville from America, Australia, and a number of European countries. However, we proved a bit short in quality individuals to fit the requirements of the many international investors who were present in Deauville, and whose standards tend to be particularly unbending in the current selective market. When the dust settles we will review the sale thoroughly in conjunction with our vendors and no stone will be left unturned in our endeavour to produce a more effective event both from a buyers’ and vendors’ perspective next year.”

Bolton strikes at €360,000 for Siyouni filly from Grandcamp

George Bolton made sure his first visit to Deauville didn't go unnoticed, going to €360,000 for a Siyouni filly bred and consigned by Haras de Grandcamp (lot 77). The bay is a half-sister to the Group winning juvenile EVASIVE'S FIRST and had attracted from the likes of Anthony Stroud and Michel Zerolo.

“I'm kind of going where the sport is going”, expressed Bolton.

“The sport is breeding internationally, racing internationally. I like the way the French raise their horses. These horses don't have steroids, surgeries, and that's why we decided to come to the sale today. This horse is exactly the type that we buy: muscular, fast-looking, stomach muscles, big girth, lots of potential in her. I would rather spend 250 than 350 but there are other people here! The goal is to give her a chance to be what she can be. She will stay in training in Europe”. Magnier sweet on Camelot colt from Monceaux

On a red-letter day for Camelot, which also saw his three-year-old son and ARQANA graduate King Of Leogrance take the L. Prix Vulcain across the road from the sales complex, M.V. Magnier bidding over the phone with Nicolas de Watrigant secured a half-brother to Group performers JOHANN STRAUSS and INCHARGEOFME (lot 173) for €280,000. From a very strong draft from Ecurie des Monceaux, the colt was the second six-figure offering by the Coolmore stallion.

Monceaux also sold an Invincible Spirit filly (lot 133) out of the Gr.3 performer DEMURELY, herself a half-sister to CERULEAN SKY, MOONSTONE and L’ANCRESSE, who was knocked down to Laurent Benoit’s Broadhurst Agency for €270,000.

€250,000 Sea The Stars colt to race for Sheikh Obaid

Stephen Hillen emerged as the winning bidder for a chesnut son of Sea The Stars (lot 90) out of a half-sister to the Stakes winners SKIA and TROPAIOS, from the draft of Haras d'Etreham. “Henri-Francois Devin loved the horse”, said Hillen. “We saw him two or three times yesterday and he walked well every time, very professionally. He is for Sheikh Obaid and will be trained by Henri-Francois”.

Shadwell signs for €240,000 Siyouni colt & €220,000 Lope de Vega filly

The final Siyouni in the ring (lot 216) triggered a heated bidding war that saw Simon Crisford, acting on behalf of Shadwell, emerge on top courtesy of a €240,000 bid. The February-born is the first foal out of the Street Cry mare MELBOURNE SHUFFLE, who hails from the top class Brigid family which has produced the likes of HENRYTHENAVIGATOR, CLIFFS OF MOHER, LISTEN, COEUR DE BEAUTE etc.

The sale provided a pleasing return for a partnership of young breeders comprising Joffret Lerner of Haras de Marancourt, Victor Langlais and Laurent Vincent, who forked out €100,000 for Melbourne Shuffle in foal to Siyouni at the 2016 Breeding Stock sale and offered the colt through Charles Briere's Fairway Consignment.

Earlier in the day, Gwenael Monneraye and Lucie Lamotte, whose La Motteraye Consignment offered the sale-topping colt at the Augut Yearling Sale, came back for more with a daughter of Lope De Vega (lot 50) out of a half-sister to dual Group victrix and Gr.1 Cheveley Park Stakes runner-up ILLUMINATE. Simon Crisford signed the docket at €220,000 on behalf of Shadwell for the chesnut.

€210,000 Camelot colt is Brummitt's pick

Ecurie des Monceaux brought to the ring an athletic son of Camelot out of the farm's blue hen Platonic (lot 18), whose progeny includes PACIFIQUE and PRUDENZIA, herself the dam of CHICQUITA, MAGIC WAND and counting. Australian agent John Foote looked for a long time like the winning bidder until Jeremy Brummitt, standing at the top of the stairs, offered a single bid of €210,000 which got the better the opposition.

“I was given the chance to buy my pick of the sale and this colt was an obvious choice”, said Brummitt. “This family has worked so well with Montjeu [the sire of both Chicquita and Pacifique] and they have all had a lot of charisma, which shows in the way they carry their heads. This colt is very much in the same type and I hope he will be following the same path while keeping his sang-froid - is that how you say in French?” €200,000 Intello colt from Coulonces the choice of Christophe Ferland

La Teste-based trainer Christophe Ferland was not to be denied on a colt by Intello out of the Stakes winner Keegsquaw (lot 184) and went to €200,000 to secure the Coulonces Consignment offering. The chesnut was bred by Elisabeth Fabre's Haras de Saint-Laurent, whose husband trained Intello.

“He is a lovely, good-bodied colt out of a mare who has proved that she can produce a good horse,” said Ferland. “I have bought him for Gerard Laboureau”.

€180,000 Invincible Spirit filly for new client of Meridian's

Ghislain Bozo of Meridian International signed the docket at €180,000 for a daughter of Invincible Spirit from the draft of Ecurie des Monceaux (lot 114) on behalf of a new French client. The filly's dam is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner CHELSEY FLOWER, herself the dam of former Quesnay stallion Kentucky Dynamite, and she has already produced a black type performer in Toruk. Her two-year-old colt by Makfi lost his maiden tag in style after the catalogue was printed, carrying the colours of another client of Meridian, Laurent Dassault. “She is for a new owner named Gilles Sorrentino”, commented Bozo standing next to his client. “I thought she was a beautiful filly by a very proven sire, and her year older half-brother, whom I bought last year, looks like a very nice horse”.

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