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A record top price for a son of Sea The Stars

The Saint‐Cloud Breeze up Sale which was held on the eve of first French Classic rendez‐vous of the year posted very positive figures with a particularly dynamic start to the sale. Almost 87% of horses changed hands (including private sales) for an average sale price of €66,772 which represents an increase of 18% on last year. The total turnover reached €6,403,500, a figure equivalent to 2012 in spite of 35 fewer horses in the sale, while 17 lots made more than €100,000 compared to 11 the previous year.

This year, the Saint‐Cloud Breeze Up was marked the presence of three two year olds by Sea The Stars, the only offspring by the six time Group 1 winner to have been sold in a Breeze Up in Europe. These horses were very well received, in particular lot 13 for whom the bidding went to €520,000, a record for an ARQANA Breeze Up sale. Named Salamargo, this son of the dual Listed winner Navajo Moon offered by The Channel Consignment was most popular, particularly with Hugo Merry but also with Nicolas de Watrigant, who was representing Cheikh Joaan Al Thani, there in person on Saturday at Saint‐Cloud. It was eventually the trainer Marco Botti who had the last word, buying the good looking colt for Cheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, already an owner in South Africa with Mike de Kock. The second colt by Sea The Stars to go through the ring was lot 48, consigned by Ecurie Prévost‐Baratte. This two‐year‐old, who is none other than a brother to Prix Jean‐Luc Lagardère (Gr.1) winner Naaqoos, was knocked down for €165,000 to Jehan Bertran de Balanda, who was acting on behalf of English owner Alan Potts.

Nicolas de Watrigant, who ended the day as leading buyer thanks to the purchase of 7 lots for a total €760.000€, forked out €230.000 for lot 14, a colt from the second crop of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Raven’s Pass. This half brother to Mast Track, who won the Hollywood Gold Cup Stakes (Gr.1), was consigned just as the top price was, by The Channel Consignment who had a great sale, selling 11 lots for €1,372,000. The tandem consisting of Alban Chevalier du Fau and Jamie Railton also consigned lot 1, a daughter of New Approach, young sire in the limelight thanks to the unbeaten Dawn Approach, brilliant winner of the Newmarket 2000 Guineas last week. Out of a sister to Group 1 placed Charming Prince, this filly was bought for €175,000 by Richard Brown (Blandford Bloodstock) and will go into training with William Haggas, having been in the object of a bitter duel between the Blandford Bloodstock and Jean‐Marie Callier and Chantilly Bloodstock.

Roger Marley (Church Farm Stables) achieved a very successful pinhooking coup thanks to lot 46, a colt by Green Tune bought for €24,000 at the ARQANA October Yearling Sale and sold for €155,000 this afternoon at Saint‐Cloud. It was Stephen Hillen, acting on behalf of British owners Matt and Lauren Morgan, who bought this son of a half sister to the excellent Silver Pond, who will now go into training with Kevin Ryan.

Furthermore, two particularly well bred fillies left their mark on the sale the ring on this Saturday and both found buyers for €140,000. The first was lot 22 (consigned by Kilminfoyle House Stud), a daughter of Galileo and the Sprint Cup (Gr.1) winner Pipalong, already the dam of Walk On Bye, who won the Anglesey Stakes (Gr.3) and finished third in the Phoenix Stakes (Gr.1). Irish bloodstock agent Hubie de Burgh bought her for an Australian owner breeder who intends to race her in Europe before sending her back to Australia where she will join his own broodmare band. The second filly sold for €140,000 was lot 36, a daughter of the exciting young stallion Lawman and Group 3 winner Secret Melody who numbers the excellent Pearl Flute among her progeny. Bought at the October yearling sale, the last named won the Prix des Chênes (Gr.3) last year and will run in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains (Gr.1) on Sunday. This filly consigned by Haras du Saubouas was eventually knocked down to Oliver Saint Lawrence, acting on behalf of Gaybrook Stud, and will go into training with Marcus Tregoning.

At the end of the day, ARQANA chairman Eric Hoyeau commented: “The demand was very sustained at the top end of the market and all the major players had travelled to Saint‐Cloud and got involved in some nice bidding wars. The same applies to the middle market which is noted for its very European flavour. As such, a large proportion of the horses bought are likely to stay in training in France, a country which benefits from prizemoney which offers a better possibility of return on investment. In this sense, the Breeze Up Jackpot brings an added incentive thanks to a €200,000 package entirely financed by ARQANA. We would like to thank all investors who made the trip to Paris to take part in the sale and we would like to highlight the quality of the horses which were entered by all buyers as well as the excellent level of preparation of all their two‐year‐olds. Added to this the reduced number of horses catalogued and the more rigorous selection were determining factors in the dynamism of the sale. The results of this major sale at the beginning of the year give us great confidence and optimism for the forthcoming yearling sales.”

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