The Grey Panel


Autumn sale closes with figures on a par with 2016

The final session of the 2017 Autumn Sale catered for the fourth tier of flat-bred yearlings, on the back of the August, V.2 and October sessions. With 40 extra horses on offer compared to the corresponding session in 2016, the aggregate increased by 12% to reach €1,260,300 while the clearance rate took a slight dip at 76% and the average price slipped 3% to settle at €7,732.

Chinese owner hoping for more French success

13 months ago at the ARQANA October Yearling Sale, Stuart Boman of Blandford Bloodstock signed a €150,000 docket for a Redoute's Choice filly, the first French purchase for Chinese owner Zhiqiang An who races under the nom de course Golden East Horse. Sent to Francis Graffard and named Lilac Fairy, she went on to win the L. Prix des Sablonnets at two and has now earned in excess of €120,000.

On the back of such a successful debut, Mr. An had Boman bid up to €70,000 today to secure a daughter of red-hot sire Dabirsim (lot 502) from the draft of Haras de Grandcamp. She is the first foal out of the winning Oliandra, a half-sister to the Gr.3 Prix Vanteaux victrix and Gr.1 Prix Saint-Alary 3rd OLORDA.

“She will go to Francis Graffard,” confirmed Boman. “I am a big fan of the sire and have previously attempted to buy a yearling by him, but this is the first one I am laying my hands on. She looks pretty racy and was born in March. She really stood out today”.

Poland’s Zielinski hunting for the next Caccini

Polish owner Andrzej Zielinski is a regular of the Autumn Sale, where his trainer Adam Wyrzyk notably sourced CACCINI three years ago. The son of American Post went on to become the best three-year-old in the country, taking the Polish Derby and Wielka Warszawska (the Polish version of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe) where he famously claimed the scalp of Team Valor’s previously undefeated VA BANK. The tandem returned for more this time around, offering €40,000 for a son of Le Havre (lot 566), also consigned by Haras de Grandcamp. The dark brown colt is a grandson of the Gr.1 performer ANABAA’S CREATION, herself a close relative to this year’s Prix de Diane runner up SISTERCHARLIE.

Autumn Sale very much on a par with 2016 renewal

With a strong turnout of buyers from all over Europe as well as China, the Middle East, America and beyond, the clearance rate for the three-day Autumn Sale improved to just under 80% and 465 heads sold, 20 more than a year ago. Total turnover reached €8,618,000, a 2% drop from last year’s record breaking renewal which had attracted an exceptional line up of Wild Card entries with jumping potential. The higher number of horses to change hands weighed on the cumulated average price, which showed a slight 4% decrease to €18,477.

Reflecting on the Autumn Sale, ARQANA CEO Eric Hoyeau commented: “It has been a very solid sale with a high clearance rate throughout, which is our ultimate barometer: it is the best reflection of the proportion of buyers and vendors who go home with a “mission accomplished” feeling and this is our role at all market levels. Our heartfelt thanks go to our vendors and buyers, who have travelled from as far afield as China, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Poland, Kazakhstan etc. to buy at Deauville. The National Hunt fraternity has been as active as ever, with a notably rise in purchases set to remain in France to be trainer. I must say a specific word about our Eastern and Central European clientele, which have been so loyal to Deauville. They have reaped rewards with Derby winners in their respective countries as well as Stakes winners in Western Europe stemming from our sales every year, and they keep returning to the well in greater numbers.”

Yearling market continues upward trend

The Autumn Sale brought to a close a remarkable 2017 yearling sales season at ARQANA, which saw a record number of individuals change hands and the cumulated turnover for the four yearling auctions progress by 1.4%.

Eric Hoyeau assessed the 2017 yearling market in the following terms: “It is another year of steady growth for the French yearling market, which is a great tribute to the quality of our breeding industry and the hard work invested on a daily basis by French-based breeders. We are indebted to the determination with which they take on this risky business, investing in quality stock, breeding to quality stallions, raising healthy and good-looking individuals. Our “product”, which is a combination of genetics, know-how, infrastructures and human resources, keeps receiving greater international recognition every year and we are also seeing a number of new domestic owners, which is extremely positive. We wish them all the best of luck with their purchases and look forward to watching these youngsters race from next year onwards, including on the new ParisLongchamp track which will open its doors in the spring.”

Archived General News Stories



ARGENTINA
Bodemeister Shuttling for the First Time to Argentina Bloodhorse
Jump Start Garners 50th Stakes Winner Bloodhorse


AUSTRALIA
Winx Forever! Sporting Post
Menari to Stand at Newgate Farm in Australia Bloodhorse
Australia's Winx notches 26th consecutive win DRF
Arrowfield's Snitzel Earns Back-to-Back Sire Titles Bloodhorse
A Lot Becomes Second Tapit Son Standing in Australia Bloodhorse


BRAZIL
Emcee Sold, Heading to Brazil Bloodhorse


CANADA
Oscar Performance Digs in for Woodbine Mile Rebound Bloodhorse
Positive Buzz Ahead of Canadian Yearling Sale Bloodhorse
Long On Value gives Cox repeat win in Highlander Stakes DRF
Wonder Gadot beats heat to win $1 million Queen's Plate New Zealand Herald


CHILE
Verrazano Gets First Winner in Chile Bloodhorse
Frankel's First Winner Cunco to Enter Stud in Chile Bloodhorse


CHINA
China Moves Toward Allowing Racing in Hainan Bloodhorse all news


FRANCE
French strengthen Arc challenge with Kitesurf and Waldgeist trial victories Guardian
Recoletos Takes Prix du Moulin at Longchamp Bloodhorse
Sea Of Class joins Enable at head of Arc betting after Yorkshire Oaks win Guardian
Siyouni & Anodin to the fore while figures readjust T'internet
Dubawi colt from Just the Judge commands €1,4 million from Ballylich T'internet
Pretty Pollyanna outlasts Signora Cabello to win thrilling Prix Morny Guardian
Signora Cabello to Try Group 1 Company in Prix Morny Bloodhorse all news


HONG KONG
Hong Kong Jockey Club Hikes Purses Across the Board Bloodhorse all news
Pakistan Star stellar in Queen Elizabeth II Cup DRF
Ping Hai Star Rolls to Victory in Hong Kong Derby Bloodhorse


INTERNATIONAL
Winx Alone on Top in World's Best Racehorse Rankings Bloodhorse all news
Experts at ARC: Illegal Betting Enormous Threat Bloodhorse all news
Gene Doping Threat Discussed at Asian Racing Conference Bloodhorse all news


IRELAND
Three parts brother to Dubai World Cup winner Prince Bishop, tops Day 1 of the September Yearling Sale T'internet
Three parts brother to Dubai World Cup winner Prince Bishop, tops Day 1 of the September Yearling Sale T'internet
Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Pens Breeders' Cup Deal Bloodhorse all news
Caravaggio, Churchill Busiest New 2018 Sires in Europe Bloodhorse all news
Galileo Matches His Sire With 73rd G1 Winner Bloodhorse all news
Quorto Emulates Dubawi With National Stakes Win Bloodhorse all news
Alpha Centauri and Saxon Warrior Retired With Injuries Bloodhorse
Roaring Lion Takes Down Saxon Warrior in Irish Champion Bloodhorse all news
GOFFS OF IRELAND SALES NEWS racingfixtures.co.uk
Star Stayer Order of St George Retired Bloodhorse
Irish Champions Weekend Preview: So Perfect the Moyglare Pick Betfair
O'Brien hoping 'Warrior' can turn tables Irish Independent
Battle Of Jericho triumphs in Navan thriller Irish Independent


JAPAN
Real Steel Retired, to Shadai Stallion Station for 2019 Bloodhorse


KOREA
Willie Mullins´ Riven Light finishes tailed off last in Korea Cup Irish Independent


NEW ZEALAND
Favourite Tomelilla scores big in Karaka Classic New Zealand Herald
Racing: Peaceful wins the O'Leary Stakes in Wanganui New Zealand Herald
2000 Guineas the target for group one winner New Zealand Herald
Lazarus sold to North American syndicate New Zealand Herald


SAUDI ARABIA
Proposed Saudi Arabian Race Could Rival Pegasus Purse Bloodhorse all news


SOUTH AFRICA
Do It Again Is KZN Horse Of The Year Sporting Post
Dispersal Sale At Vaal Sporting Post


UAE
Dubai World Cup Purse Raised to $12 Million for 2019 Bloodhorse


UNITED KINGDOM
Gosden has Enable primed for Arc repeat Irish Independent
Sean Levey targets comeback in Sun Chariot Stakes on Billesdon Brook Guardian
Poet's Word Out for Remainder of Year Due to Injury Bloodhorse all news
Kew Gardens too good for Lord Lloyd Webber´s Lah Ti Dar in St Leger Guardian
Galtres Stakes winner Lah Ti Dar will run in the St Leger at Doncaster Guardian
Top Filly Maid Up Added to St Leger Field Bloodhorse all news
Trainers receive warning about use of drug which may contain steroids Guardian
Perfect Start for 2.6 Million Guinea Prince Eiji Bloodhorse all news


URUGUAY
Invasor Flourishing Back Home in Uruguay Bloodhorse all news
Honour and Glory Dies in Uruguay Bloodhorse
Roman Rosso Scores in Latinoamericano Bloodhorse


USA
Keeneland Closes Yearling Sale With Strong Gains Bloodhorse
Jockey Perry Ouzts Rides 7,000th Winner Bloodhorse
Champion Good Magic retired to stud at Hill 'n' Dale Farm DRF
Double-Digit Increases Continue at Keeneland Bloodhorse
Gulfstream Announces $29.079 Million Stakes Schedule Bloodhorse
Brisk Trade Carries On During Eighth Day at Keeneland Bloodhorse
American Gal Retired to Hill 'n' Dale Bloodhorse
Keeneland September: $420,000 Quality Road filly tops final day of Book 3 DRF
Pegasus World Cup divided into dirt and turf events DRF
Keeneland September Surpasses Last Year's Gross Sales Bloodhorse
Uncle Mo Colt Tops Strong Keeneland Day 6 Bloodhorse
hhh Bloodhorse


ZIMBABWE
Spies Rules In Zimbabwe Sporting Post