Arqana’s December sale wound to a close yesterday with a one-day yearling session which featured the sale of a son of Barathea (Ire) for EUR42,000, topping the list of flat bred purchases. Hip 1065 was consigned by Haras de Bois Carrouges and is out of the stakes placed Western Bowl, herself a half to dual graded-stakes winner Powder Bowl.

The colt, who is from the George Strawbridge family of the 1989 G1 Prix de l’Abbaye heroine Silver Fling, was secured by FIPS, who won the day on behalf of Spanish connections. Earlier, Pegasus Farms paid EUR40,000 for Haras de Grandcamp’s hip 947. By Gold Away (Ire) and out of Logjam (Ire), the colt is a half brother to this year’s G2 Prix d’Harcourt scorer and G1 Premio Roma third Boris de Deauville (Ire). A pair of fillies brought EUR20,000, including Haras du Petit Tellier’s hip 922, by King of Kings (Ire), whose extended family includes sires Poliglote (GB) and Indian Danehill (Ire). The second, by Numerous and out of Macotte (Fr), a half sister to Smadoun (Fr), was consigned by Haras des Sablonnets as hip 955. Jean de Roualle purchased the former, while Winning Bloodstock Agency secured the latter.

“The success of the sale shows that the third yearling sale in Deauville serves a useful purpose,” explained Arqana President Eric Hoyeau. “Despite the big increase in the number of yearlings on offer, the demand was constant and diverse throughout the day enabling us to sell 168 yearlings in total, 65 percent of those offered. Over the three yearling sales in August, October and December Arqana sold 100 more yearlings this year than in 2006, which is a satisfactory result.”

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Extract from TDN 13.12.07