Press release September 29, 2011~ Sheikh Joaan Al Thani, son of Qatar’s Emir, snapped up the three highest-priced lots at the
2011 renewal of ARQANA’s purebred Arabian sale, held on the eve of the Qatar French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge, and only days before the Qatar Prix de l’Arc deTriomphe, grossing €1,661,000 (including private sales). This sum was up from the 2010 sale, while the average price (excluding private sales) reached €37,567.
As last year, the sale saw some major investments from Qatar, the sponsor of the entire Arc weekend, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani, who was paying his first visit to Saint-Cloud, notably bought the three highest-priced horses of the day. The first two were purchased through Nicolas de Watrigant’s Mandore International, while the third one was bought by the Sheikh himself. Top of the sale was lot 41bis, a last minute Wild Card, that fetched €350,000. This three-year-old filly named AL NACHMIYA is a half sister to the Gr.1-placed AL SABEQ, and she won very impressively at Mont-de- Marsan on September 9th, her second outing. The talent displayed by the Arnaud Chaillé-Chaillé trainee has clearly not gone unnoticed.
As for lot 2, CHEKER, he was bought privately for €205,000, after having been led out unsold. In training with Damien de Watrigant, Nicolas’s brother, this three-year old colt has won two of his three outings to date, including the Prix Tidjani Gr.3 PA, and ran 3rd in the coveted Prix Cheri Bibi Gr.2 PA since the catalogue was printed. He shall stay at Saint-Cloud tonight as he is a runner in tomorrow’s Qatar Total Arabian Trophy des Poulains, Gr.1 PA, in which he will carry his new silks.
Three other lots achieved six figures. A pair of two-year-olds from Haras du Saubouas fetched €150,000 and €135,000. The former, a colt by popular young sire, Munjiz (lot 83), was knocked down directly to Sheikh Joaan, while a filly by Akbar (lot 73) went the way of Mandore International, this time acting on behalf of Al Asayl Management. Finally, the great Gr.1 winning and producing mare ANASTASYA (lot 52), was the object of a €100,000 private deal between Sandrine Tarrou and F.B.A., having failed to find a buyer in the ring.
Full results http://arqana.com/thoroughbred/index.php?pageid=3&venid=150
The small print. Auction sales of thoroughbreds have been held at the current location of the ARQANA sales complex since 1892. Mr. Chéri-R. Halbronn had purchased this portion of land to the Mauger family and developed it into a charming sales complex encompassing 294 boxes and a secretariat, housed in the “Masqué” chalet, named after the winner of the 1897 Ascot Stakes in the colors of Chéri-R. Halbronn. In 1971, a vast sales building in an amphitheatre shape was designed by Pierre Davy and, in 1985, the complex received the name of “Elie de Brignac”, after one of the founding fathers of the Deauville sales company, who was notably president of the Agence Française de Vente du Pur-Sang between 1977 and 1985. The building now includes 450 seats, a press room and a panoramic restaurant.