Arqana’s December Sale continued yesterday with a filly from Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard named Jambu (Fr) (Ocean of Wisdom) topping proceedings, and the sale so far, at EUR 750,000. Midway through the second session at Deauville, hip 338 sparked considerable interest as a half-sister to four stakes winners, most notably 1994 GI Yellow Ribbon S. heroine Aube Indienne (Fr) and 2001 G3 Prix Vanteaux winner Mare Nostrum (GB). She is also a half to the dams of the smart Sensible (Fr) and 2006 G3 Gladness S. scorer Common World and has both Flying Spur (Aus) and Encosta de Lago (Aus) in her extended family.

Jambu was purchased by Bertrand le Metayer Bloodstock for Australian breeder Roger Langley, who later revealed that she would be headed to his Poternick Farm. “This purchase will upgrade my broodmare band and it is a very commercial page,” he said. “The strength on the dam’s side is unbelievable, and the fact that Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago are on the same page is a factor.”

Later on, it was a mare from His Highness the Aga Khan’s prized draft which proved the main draw, but the mare wound up being bought back. Hip 444 is the six-year-old Dalataya (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells), a half-sister to Daylami (Ire) and Dalakhani (Ire) in foal to Cape Cross (Ire). Charlie Gordon-Watson saw off Horse France’s Robert Nataf as the bidding rose to the million mark, but refused to go beyond EUR 1.1million, so she will rejoin the Aga Khan’s formidable ranks. “She is a very special mare for us and we were expecting a bit more than that,” Stud Manager Georges Rimaud commented. “She is truly outstanding.”

Just five lots earlier, another from that consignment found a new home after Nataf secured the 13-year-old mare Clodora (Fr) (Linamix {Fr}) for Coolmore. The dam of the 2003 G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains winner and sire Clodovil (Ire) and this year’s listed-placed filly Clodovina (Ire) is carrying a foal by Azamour (Ire) and was knocked down to the Horse France supremo for EUR380,000. “She is from a very good family and the dam has already produced Clodovil, who is off to a good start as a stallion—she is also in foal to Azamour, who is an interesting sire himself,” he said, before revealing that she will be one of the first bred to Dylan Thomas (Ire) in 2008.

Azamour is also the covering stallion for hip 382, another proven broodmare from the Aga Khan’s legions. Vadsa Honor (Fr) is now almost 15, but she still holds considerable sway as the dam of the promoted 2001 G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains and G1 Prix Jacques le Marois winner Vahorimix (Fr), as well as the listed winner and group-placed Vadalix (Fr). Bruno Ridoux of Pegasus Farms outlasted his competition at EUR 300,000 to secure the mare, whose immediate family includes Val Royal (Fr) and Valixir (Ire).


Extract from TDN 10.12.07