The Grey Panel

An excellent clearance rate for the first day of the Summer Sale 2019

The opening session of the 2019 Summer Sale saw 165 breeze-up 2yo, 2 and 3yo stores go under the hammer of which 130 were sold, an excellent clearance rate of 79% comparing to last year's 62%. Aggregate of the day reached €3,589,500, a 7% increase from 2018.

Solid National Hunt section

The top price of the day was knocked down for €130,000 to Bertrand Le Métayer. Lot 114 Darano, a 2yo gelding offered by Haras de l'Isle Verte, will be trained by Arnaud Chaillé-Chaillé like his full brother, Diego du Charmil, winner of the Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Chase (Gr.1) Bertrand Le Métayer said:

Arnaud Chaillé-Chaillé loved his brother, the colt is out of a very sound family, I like his locomotion with a good scope and lovely action.

The 2yo full brother to Very Wood, lot 97, was purchased for €115,000 by today's leading buyer Margaret O'Toole standing with Roger Marley. The grey gelding by Martaline was offered by Haras de l'Hotellerie.

After signing the docket Roger Marley commented: He is the best 2yo of the sale. Generally speaking, I think it is a very good opportunity to buy them as 2yos, enhance their value and sell them on.

Nicolas De Lageneste had the last word for this No Risk At All 2yo, lot 84 offered by Haras des Loges. The filly's beautiful page includes top class performers such as SAINT DU CHENET, TANAIS DU CHENET, GALANT MOSS, IRIS ROYAL, MA ROYALE. Nicolas De Lageneste said: She is a very classy filly with a good walk. I love her dam line, I hope to see her at Auteuil, she will be trained by Anne-Sophie Pacault.

Today's leading vendor, Haras des Loges also brought to the ring lot 82 a son of Doctor Dino who was secured for €77,000 by Paul Basquin from Haras de Saubouas also the buyer of lot 117, a daughter of Network for €40,000.

After signing the docket Paul Basquin commented: Doctor Dino's progeny have a lot of quality, he is an excellent stallion, I thought the horse was splendid. I bought him for myself and he will be trained by Guillaume Macaire.

Highflyer Bloodstock purchased five lots including lot 102 a 2yo son of Saint Des Saints from The Channel Consignment for €70,000.

Arqana's Scandinavian rep Morten Buskop was also very active buying five lots topped by a 2yo son of Camelot from Guy Cherel €67,000 (lot 136).

Joffret Huet was busy buying six lots for British clients and he had a crush for lot 153, a 2yo son of Spanish Moon from the Haras des Loges for which he had to stretched to €65,000.

The Doyle family from Monbeg Stables in Ireland made their presence felt purchasing six lots for a total of €212,000 including a pair of 2yo geldings by No Risk At All and Masked Marvel, for €60,000 each.

Six figures Top Price for the breeze up session

Lot 12, a daughter of Siyouni, was secured for €110,000 by Paul Nataf. The chesnut filly offered by Windmill Stables is out of Gr.2 Rockfel Stakes winner, AL THAKHIRA. After signing the docket, Paul Nataf commented: She is a nice filly, her dam is by Dubawi, I expect her to be a good racehorse. She will be trained by Jean Claude Rouget.

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