Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale
Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale

Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale

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After a booming opening session Saturday, which saw increased figures across the board, the strength ofthe market at the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale was highlighted Sunday when, midway through the second of four sessions, the sale’s record aggregate of €19,561,500, recorded last year, was broken with 2 1/2 days of selling still to take place.

By the end of the day Sunday, the aggregate had reached €23,720,000. The average was duly up 19% to €24,015, while the median climbed from €14,000 to €17,000. The clearance rate was up five pointsto 80%. Ghislain Bozo’s Meridian International led the way during the typically more low-key session, signing for the top two lots of the session. On top of the leaderboard was the 3-year-old filly Abilene (GB) (Samum), who entered the ring midway through the session as lot 378, and left with a final price tag of €270,000 (US$370,263). A first-out winner at Kempton in April for Wildenstein Stables and trainer Francis-Henri Graffard, Abilene was placed in the Listed Prix Solitude at Saint-Cloud 9 November.

The half-sister to listed winner and Group 3-placed Andromeda Galaxy (Fr) (Peintre Celebre), sent through the ring by the Wildenstein family’s Haras du Bois Roussel, Abilene was knocked down to Bozo on behalf of Capital Pur-Sang, an investment company of 30 members that has been operating for three years, with a 15% return-on-investment. Bozo noted the filly would stay in training with Graffard next year.

“Graffard likes her a lot,” Bozo said. “She’s from a very good family out of a young mare, so we’re going to try to get some black-type, then we’ll either keep her for breeding or sell her later, depending on the results.”

Bozo was back in the fray late in the evening, winning the battle for Handana (Ire) (Desert Style) (lot 476) at €190,000. The Aga Khan-consigned  3-year-old filly is a half-sister to a pair of black-type winners, as well as to Hannda (Ire) (Dr Devious), the dam of G1 British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes winner Seal of Approval (GB) (Authorized). Hannda RNA’d for 525,000gns at Tattersalls last week.

“She’s a good filly from a very nice family,” said Bozo, who purchased the filly on behalf of an undisclosed French breeder. “There are a lot of good fillies in the pedigree that have been kept by The Aga Khan, so there is a lot more to come from the family.”

Bozo said a future mate for Handana had not yet been determined.

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News