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Figures hold steady on day 2 of Breeding Stock Sale

The standard of the catalogue for the second day of the 2018 Breeding Stock Sale was a significant step below the remarkable opening session and trade logically operated at a humbler level, yet plenty of appetite remained for the better individuals, were they broodmares, fillies or foals. Figures ended almost on a par with the corresponding session a year ago and both the cumulative average price and aggregate for Part I and II remain significantly clear of the 2017 totals.

Dubawi Group winner to French-based Czech breeder for €150,000

Leading Czech breeder Jiri Travnicek has been carrying out an extensive renovation at Haras de Beaufay, a historical farm an hour away from Deauville which he purchased some ten years ago, and is now stocking up on quality mares to build a commercial broodmare band. Agent Thomas Janda was on bidding duty, signing the docket at €40,000 for HOLLY POLLY (lot 462) before upping his game to hold off Helmut von Finck and Larissa Kneip on Wertheimer et Frère's KAPITALE (lot 479) for €150,000. The ten-year-old had a lot running for her as a Dubawi half-sister to triple Group 1 winner KAMSIN, and a Group 3 winner and Group 1 performer in her own right.

"Mr. Travnicek has finished renovating his farm in Normandy and he would now like to upgrade his broodmare band," expressed Janda. "We tried to buy yesterday but didn't succeed so we are pleased to have been able to buy two today. We like the family of this mare and the fact that she is a Group winner by Dubawi. Her progeny may be destined to be sold so we are looking at commercial pedigrees."

€135,000 Black type producer BARTIRA to join Capucines broodmare band

BARTIRA (lot 401) ticked a lot of boxes for many purchasers as a young, winning daughter of Cape Cross out of Gr.2 German 1,000 Guineas winner BRISEIDA and having already produced a black type performer at 2 in PAPPALINO. This is also the family of TITUS LIVIUS and ZAGORA, which specifically appealed to Eric Puerari who forked out €135,000 for the Haras d'Etreham offering. "She's been bought with our regular partners," explained the Haras des Capucines principal. "She is from the family of Zagora, whom we bred, and is a young mare - it's not easy to buy this type of product."

Granddaughter of WURFTAUBE makes €100,000 to support Dschingis Secret

Horst Pudwill's DSCHINGIS SECRET carried all before him in Germany as a four-year-old, winning the Gr.1 Grosser Preis von Baden and two more Graded races, and also made an impression in France when taking the Gr.2 Prix Foy at Chantilly from Cloth Of Stars and Talismanic. This year he added the Gr.2 Grosser Handsa Preis to his tally and was recently announced as the newest recruit to the stallion roster of Larissa Kneip's Haras de Saint-Arnoult.

The son of Soldier Hollow looks like he will be getting some proper support from his owner, with his mates set to notably include WALDFEE (lot 343), a winning daughter of Dansili out of the Gr.2 Diana-Trial runner-up WALDJAGD for which Pudwill and his partners paid €100,000 via agent Chris Richner. Aside from her own racing deeds, WALDJAGD is a daughter of the tap-root mare who has also been responsible for Gr.1 Deutsches Derby scorer WALDPARK and appears as the ancestress of fellow Gr.1 winners WALDGEIST ans MASKED MARVEL.

Foote adds to Cambridge Stud's haul with €90K AUMALE

Already the buyer of four fillies during Saturday's opening session, Australian agent John Foote came back for more on Sunday, extending his shopping list to 6 with the purchase of ILLADORE (lot 247) and AUMALE (lot 366). The latter, offered from the draft of Ecurie des Monceaux, requested a final bid of €90,000. She is a winning daughter of Dansili out of a half-sister to dual Gr.1 winner JUST THE JUDGE, whose Dubawi filly foal sold for €1 million the previous night. All six fillies have been secured on behalf of Brendan and Jo Lindsay's Cambridge Stud in New Zealand.

"She is a nice filly who cost a lot as a yearling and traces from a wonderful family", said Foote. "There are a lot of young mares on the page so we can hope for the best with their progeny. Cambridge Stud have been laying out a long-term plan to introduce some new blood into their broodmare band and we think the bloodlines we've invested in this week will really suit New Zealand".

Hardy pinhookers on the lookout for quality foals

Wootton Bassett's progeny proved in high demand from pinhookers with three of his foals featuring among the nine to command €50,000 or more. Jamie Railton waited until the very end of the session to buy the dearest of all, an athletic colt from the draft of Haras de la Louvière and tracing Gr.1 winner JOSHUA TREE. Interests were expressed from all around the ring and Railton only got the better of the opposition after placing a bid of €120,000, which left him rather strained.

"That's a lot of money for a horse, he sighed. The stallion is clearly very good and a Galileo mare doesn't do any harm either. The physical did the rest – these foals are what everyone wants to buy. He will be reoffered next year altough I am still on the lookout for partners!"

La Motteraye Consignment was responsible for four foals who reached or exceeded the €50,000 mark, including two from the first crop of their respective sires: a colt by Territories sold for €68,000 to SCEA des Prairies and another colt by Pride of Dubai went to Stauffenberg Bloodstock for €57,000. Other first crop sires to be notably well received included Belardo, whose colt from Haras de Grandcamp commanded €57,000 from Jamie Railton.

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