Bobby Zen

For the third consecutive year, Arqana’s Summer Sale broke the €10-million barrier by gross, with 326 lots (67%) marked as sold from 488 offered in Deauville.

Buyers, more selective than in 2023 when the sale boasted an 83% clearance rate, paid €10,711,000 across the three day stand. However, the 2024 catalogue was bolstered by an additional 113 horses compared to the 2023 version. The average closely tracked last year’s edition as well at €32,856 (-3%), while the median dropped 19% to €16,000. Thursday’s session, which featured breeding stock, added €1,142,500 to the overall aggregate, with 61 lots marked as sold from 89 through the ring (68%).

A pair of fillies from the Wertheimer et Frere consignment showed the way on the final day, with lot 618, the unraced Little Dreamer (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}), knocked down to Langlais Bloodstock and Christophe Bridault for €100,000 to top the third day’s trade. A half-sister to the G3 Prix de Flore heroine and G1 Prix Vermeille third Ligne d’Or (GB) (Dansili {GB}), the 3-year-old filly is a granddaughter of fellow Flore victress Louve (Irish River {Fr}).

“She’s really magnificent and moves very well,” said Victor Langlais after signing for the relation to multiple group winner, G1 Prix Ganay second and sire Loup Breton (Ire). “She comes from a great family, she’s a daughter of Siyouni and her dam is by Galileo (Ire), a cross that works very well. She has been bought for a partnership between Philippe Thirionet and Christophe Bridault. We have always had great success with our purchases from the Wertheimers. She will be covered early next year, with the aim of selling her offspring afterwards.”

Odette Fau, bidding on behalf of Jean-Marc Angles, snapped up the second dearest lot, Eurasienne (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) (lot 609), for €85,000. A three-time starter, she is out of G1 Prix Marcel Boussac victress Indonesienne (Ire) (Muhtathir {GB}), and is a half-sister to two black-type horses led by G3 Prix d’Aumale third Bahasa (Ire) (Siyouni {Fr}).

Outside of the Wertheimer draft, Haras de la Beauvoisiniere’s Garden Of The Gods (GB) (Kingman {GB}) (lot 638) caught the eye of Witold Miedzianowski for €80,000. The unraced filly is carrying her first foal by Ten Sovereigns (Ire), who sired his fourth stakes winner Usdi Atohi (Ire) in the Listed Tipperary Stakes on Wednesday. Her dam, Phaenomena (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), is responsible for two-time Japanese Group 2 winner King Of Koji (Jpn) (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}) and G3 Prix Cleopatre heroine Harajuku (Ire) (Deep Impact {Jpn}). Phaenomena made €720,000 through the Goffs ring last year when selling in foal to No Nay Never to Prospect Partnership during the November Sale.

Arqana chairman Olivier Delloye and managing director Freddy Powell said, “Overall sales were close to €11 million, which is a very respectable result. The market did not keep pace with the increase in supply, but good profiles sold well in all categories. We saw some good prices, such as Mambonumberfive (Fr) (Born To Sea {Ire}) (€450,000), Charlus (Ire) (Churchill {Ire}) (€315,000), the 2-year-old by Too Darn Hot (GB) out of Formidable Kitt (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) (€210,000) and the 2-year-old store by Zarak (Fr) out of Missy Tata (Fr) (Astarabad) (€155,000), to name but a few.”

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