Smart Strike Filly Tops Strong Opening Day at Arqana Sale
The first day of the Deauville Breeding Stock Sale posted results without precedent, generating a turnover of €18,252,500 (including private sales), a figure up by 31% compared to 2012. 159 broodmares, fillies and foals changed hands, representing a percentage of horses sold of 80.3% for an average sale price of €114,196, showing a 24.5% increase. 55 lots made €100,000 or more compared to 37 on the same day in 2012. The very high quality catalogue attracted a varied range of buyers coming from all continents and from countries such as Qatar, the United States, Australia, Japan, Brazil, etc…
As they do every year, graduates of the Aga Khan Studs proved very popular among the buyers present at Deauville. From one of the Prince's best families, DARYSINA (lot 137) was the top price of the sale at €800,000. She is a half sister by Smart Strike to no less than four black type horses including Daryakana, winner of the Hong Kong Vase (Gr.1).
This three old filly was at the heart of a fierce bidding war and was eventually knocked down to English bloodstock agent Johnny McKeever who bought her on behalf of Dr Phillip Brown. In the evening, another broodmare from the prestigious Aga Khan Studs made her mark on the sales ring, selling for a final bid of €600,000 from Horse France acting on behalf of Coolmore. This high class mare was none other than VADAWINA (lot 187), winner of the Prix Saint-Alary (Gr.1) and the Prix de Cléopâtre (Gr.3), and dam of the talented Vadamar, who won the Prix du Conseil de Paris (Gr.2). Added to this, she was also presented in foal to leading Australian sire Redoute's Choice.
In the spotlight as a vendor, the Wertheimer & Frère breeding operation added a choice new recruit to its broodmare band with lot 170 MERVILLE, a five-year-old mare bought for €620,000. From a family of talented performers, she is a Montjeu half-sister to St James's Palace Stakes (Gr.1) winner Most Improved and a three-part sister to Ectot, one of the best two year olds in Europe this year and winner of four races including the Critérium International (Gr.1). Offered by Coulonces Consignment in foal to Lawman, the sire of Most Improved, Merville is from a much sought after family as Albisola, Pembina, Bufera, three of the sisters to her dam Tonnara, were respectively sold for €420,000, €400,000 and €250,000 as part of the Citadel Stud dispersal.
Underbidder on the top price, American Steve Young proved luckier with lot 193 WHERE, which he bought for €600,000. This young three year old mare offered in foal for the first time to Galileo by the Haras des Capucines has a superb pedigree, being a daughter of Danehill Dancer and the 1000 Guineas (Gr.1) winner Virginia Waters. She is also from the close family of Matron Stakes winner (Gr.1) Chachamaidee.
Leading buyer of the day Cheikh Joaan Al Thani (Al Shaqab Racing) once again proved very active, buying six first rate mares through agent Nicolas de Watrigant. The latter therefore signed the docket at €600,000 for lot 159 PLUMBA, a three year old from an outstanding ‘Wertheimer & Frère' family.
Indeed, the filly is a full sister to Plumania (Anabaa), winner of the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Gr.1), Prix Corrida (Gr.2) and placed several times at Group 1 level, and a half sister to Prix de Royallieu (Gr.2) winner Balladeuse. NUIT D'AMOUR, lot 107 consigned by the Haras d'Etreham, will join Plumba at the Haras de Bouquetot, having been bought by Nicolas de Watrigant for a final bid of €280,000 against Andreas Putsch. This daughter of Azamour trained by Pia Brandt, who remained unbeaten in two starts at two was twice placed at Listed level this year at Chantilly.
Second on the buyers' leaderboard, the Australian outfit Eliza Park bought 8 lots on Saturday for a total of €1,458,000. Chief among its purchases was Wild Card 180 bis, FESTOSO, a daughter of Diesis consigned by Haras des Capucines in foal to Galileo and bought for €420,000. A talented performer, she was placed several times at Group level including a third place in the Cheveley Park Stakes (Gr.1) and was also the winner of a Listed race. She will be joined in Australia by SANJIDA (lot 181), a young mare in foal to Oasis Dream consigned by Haras de la Perelle, who was placed three times at Group 3 level and saw her first foal by Galileo fetch the top price of the 2011 August Yearling Sale. This former protégée of the Aga Khan Studs changed hands for €320,000. Lot 188 SEA SHELLS completed the leading trio having been bought for a final bid of €280,000 from Eliza Park.
Offered in foal for the first time to Fastnet Rock by the Haras des Capucines, this daughter of the great Galileo is a sister to Grand Prix de Paris (Gr.1) winner Imperial Monarch and to Mount Athos, a top class son of Montjeu who finished third in the 2013 renewal of the Melbourne Cup (Gr.1).
It came as no surprise that Wild Card 170 bis PURELY PRINCESS reached the sum of €550,000 under the impulse of Meridian International. Offered as a racing and breeding prospect by the Haras d'Etreham, this three-year-old filly is from one of the best families in the world, that of Blush With Pride. Indeed, she is the daughter of leading sire Galileo out of the Danehill mare Peeping Fawn, a top class filly who won the Pretty Polly Stakes (Gr.1), Irish Oaks (Gr.1), Nassau Stakes (Gr.1) as well as the Yorkshire Oaks (Gr.1). Already a winner on two occasions this year, Purely Princess will stay in training next year before going to stud.
Having fulfilled the role of underbidder for Plumba, Philippe Jousset (France Turf International) was delighted to get his hands on PETITE NOBLESSE (lot 164) for €480,000, a daughter of leading sire Galileo consigned by Haras des Capucines. Regally bred, this young broodmare in foal for the first time to Oasis Dream, is out of Flower Bowl, a sister to young sire Lope de Vega who completed the Poule d'Essai des Poulains/Prix du Jockey Club (Gr.1) double, and to Bal de la Rose, winner of the Prix André Baboin (Gr.3). She will now go to the Brazilian entity Stud RDI which is developing its breeding arm in France.
Much earlier in the day, Australian agent Damon Gabbedy (Belmont Bloodstock Agency) set his sights on lot 51 MONBLUE, a mare from a magnificent German family purchased for €400.000. This daughter of the highly sought-after Monsun won at Listed level while her half brother Salon Soldier is now being campaigned in Australia having twice been placed at Group 3 level in Germany. Monblue was for that matter consigned by Haras de Saint Pair in foal to the sire of the latter, Soldier Hollow.
At the end of this first day of sale, ARQANA chairman Eric Hoyeau commented: “This first day of the sale is in line with the international trend, posting an increase of 25% on the average sale price and of 31% on the turnover. The market at Deauville once again proved its capacity for attracting a very international panel of buyers with a sustained activity from professionals based in France, in Europe as well as Australia, the United States and Japan. We would like to thank all the buyers who put their trust in us.”