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€500,000 Graciously heads Moratalla dispersal on day 1 of February Mixed Sale

The first day of the February Mixed Sale offered two dispersals of major significance: the first stage of the Exors of the late Marquesa de Moratalla, presented by The Channel Consignment, and the conclusion of the dispersal of prominent Lebanese owner Issam Fares consigned by his Haras de Manneville.

Such outstanding drafts propelled figures for the opening session way clear of last year's, with the aggregate reaching €3,927,500 and a clearance rate of 86%. The average settled at €22,572.

Exors of the late Marquesa de Moratalla dispersal The 10 fillies and mare offered by Alban Chevalier du Fau's Channel Consignment grossed €1,080,000 and averaged €37,500.

GRACIOUSLY (lot 119), the winner of three races, closely related to four top performers and offered in foal to Invincible Spirit was the star act of the dispersal. The daughter of Shamardal exceeded all expectations when commanding a sale-topping €500,000.

She is a half sister to GIOFRA who won the Gr.1 Falmouth Stakes and produced the top-priced yearling of the Arqana 2017 August Yearling Sale, a Dubawi colt who was knocked down for €1,550,000.

Despite bids sparking from all corners of the ring, it was Larissa Kneip of Artemis Bloodstock who eventually signed the docket and commented:

« I am still in shock! I bought her for the owner of DSCHINGIS SECRET, Horst Pudwill, who was seeking a top mare to support his stallion. He will send him 25 mares, including seven that I bought at the latest Arqana Breeding Stock Sale. Graciously has all the qualities that we are looking for and her dam line will cross very well with Dschingis Secret. Her Invincible Spirit offspring will be offered for sale and we hope that it can pay back for part of the amount spent on this purchase! »

Germany's Champion three-year-old and four-year-old, DSCHINGIS SECRET claimed some significant scalps in his six Group victories, notably that of HAWKBILL in the Gr.1 Longines Grosser Preis von Berlin, CLOTH OF STARS, TALISMANIC and SATONO DIAMOND in a vintage renewal of the G.2 Qatar Prix Foy. He retired at Kneip's Haras de Saint-Arnoult at the end of his five-year-old campaign last year.

The dispersal had started in style with the €210,000 sale of RECOVER ME (lot 64), a lightly-raced four-year-old daughter of Fastnet Rock out of the Testa Tossa mare Marie Rossa. The athletic grey won impressively at third asking in the care of Alain de Royer-Duprι and was only narrowly beaten for third place in the L. Prix Tantieme at Saint-Cloud on her most recent start, November 23.

Jean-Pierre Dubois, bidding from the restaurant, scealed the deal with a bid of €210,000 and said: « She's been bought on behalf of Michel Zerolo and will go into training with Jean-Claude Rouget but I don't know in whose colours yet ».

Issam Fares dispersal

The 42 mares, horses in training, short yearlings and two-year-olds offered by Haras de Manneville as part of the dispersal of Issam Fares's operation returned an aggregate of €1,651,000 for an average price of €39,310.

Lot 98, a bay yearling filly from the Haras de Manneville dispersal was knocked down to Anna Sundstrom under High Valley Equine. She is the fourth foal out of BAINO ROCK, winner of the Prix Charles Laffitte at Chantilly (L.) and placed in the Gr.3 Prix Fille de l'Air, herself a half-sister to Gr.2 Prix de Pomone heroine BAINO HOPE. GLOBAL ROCK, a yet unraced three-year-old full brother to this yearling, commanded the same price tag at the 2017 August Yearling Sale and is now in training with Ed Dunlop in Newmarket.

« She is a carbon copy of Laurens ! She has the same walk and the same character. When I saw her yesterday, I knew she was the one », the Swedish-born enthused

Hot on the heels of her yearling half-sister, BAINOLAND (lot 96), the first foal out of the top class stayer Baino Hope, commanded €10,000 more when going the way of Jean-Claude Rouget for €190,000. The daughter of Oasis Dream is already in training with the leading professional and will race for a partnership as Rouget indicated.

Minutes earlier, a Camelot yearling filly (lot 95) who is the second foal out of Gr.2 Prix de Pomone heroine BAINO HOPE, went the way of Haras des Capucines's Eric Puerari on a final bid of €160,000.

« She has a lot of quality about her and I am very fond of Camelot, said Puerari. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to buy such a classy filly. She's been bought with a group of friends and will be re-offered later in the year. »

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