1 October 2015, Paris, France ~ The Arqana Pure-bred Arabian Sale, organized in partnership with AFAC, acts as the curtain raiser for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Weekend, which encapsulates the most prestigious races for this breed headed by the €1,000,000 Qatar Arabian World Cup.
On 1 October, the 2015 Sales edition recorded a turnover of €2,457,000, the second-highest ever figure for this event, up 27% from 2014. The average price reached €35,100, a 16% rise, while the clearance rate was in excess of 82%. 9 lots sold for €70,000 or more, against 4 a year ago.
Brilliant successes in the 2-year-old section
The sale was topped by lot 26, MONT D’OR, a son of Mahabb and full brother to a pair of black type winners including the champion MANARK, winner of the Gr.1 P.A. Dubai Kahayla Classic. Offered by Haras de Mandore, he was knocked down to Jean-Pierre Deroubaix of FBA Agency for €210,000.
Bidding was spirited from the start, with lot 7 EHWAZ, also from Haras de Mandore, fetching €170,000. This colt is by Munjiz out of the dual French Arabian Breeders’ Cup Classic heroine
CHERAZADE, already the dam of three black type performers including Gr.3 P.A. Prix Tidjani scorer CHEKER and Gr.1 PA-placed MUNZADE, a full-brother to this youngster. Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Attiyah outbid Alban de Mieulle and indicated that the colt would go into training with Thomas Fourcy.
Minutes later, Nicolas de Watrigant of Mandore International Agency brought the bidding up to
€150,000 for lot 10 JULY DU FALGAS, a Munjiz half-sister to KANDAR DU FALGAS, the winner of three Gr.1 P.A. races. She was offered by Haras de Thouars.
Lot 17, MELK, a son of Munjiz out of Florihala, herself a full sister to the Gr.1 P.A. scorer DORFA, attracted a final bid of €150,000 from Gérard Larrieu’s Chantilly Bloodstock Agency. He was another member of the Haras de Mandore draft.
Consigned by Ecurie Yann Creff on behalf of Robert Litt, lot 33 SULEYMAN, a Munjiz colt out of
the Gr.1 P.A. performer SALMA THABETH, was knocked down to trainer Sandrine-Valérie Tarrou for €125,000.
Njewman fillies dominate among the horses in training
Close to the end of the sale, Gérard Larrieu of Chantilly Bloodstock Agency signed for a couple of three-year-old Njewman fillies from the yard of Philippe Sogorb. Lot 84 SPIRALLE, a full sister to the Group P.A. scorers SPLEEN and SKOOP and a winner this season at Mont-de-Marsan commanded €150,000. Lot 85 VERRACRUZ, 2nd at La Teste on debut in July, realised €75,000. She is a full sister to the Gr.3 P.A. placed LIZA, from the close family of SIMMBAD, SNOOPI and SKOOP. The two fillies will now head for Qatar.
With four horses sold for a total of €590,000, Haras de Mandore topped the vendors’ standings, with Philippe Sogorb (5 horses sold for €513,000) in second position and Haras du Saubouas (11 horses sold for €275,000) in third. In the buyers’ ranks, Chantilly Bloodstock Agency took pole position with 9 purchases for a total of €509,000, followed by FBA (3 horses for €241,000) and Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Attiyah (2 purchases for €210,000).
Eric Hoyeau, President of ARQANA, commented on the day:
“The Pure-bred Arabian Sale is the only session dedicated to this category of horses and now firmly established in the horsemen’s agenda. It really takes the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe underway, which thanks to the support of QREC features the best competitions in the world for Pure-bred Arabians. We are delighted to contribute to this momentum and thrilled to have seen such a vibrant market, both for young stock and horses in training. As for the endurance section, which was only initiated last year, it has already found its audience.”
Full results on www.arqana.com