08/18/2013 5:02PM

Arqana Deauville yearling sale: Second session continues gains with new sale topper


Arqana Bloodstock’s Deauville yearling sale posted a second consecutive day of strong trade on Sunday in France, highlighted by a new sale topper from prominent young stallion Dubawi.

The sale company reported 62 yearlings sold on Sunday including private sales for an total of 12,399,000 euros (about $16,528,800), a 14 percent increase over last year’s comparable session. The average price of 208,741 euros ($278,270) rose 22 percent compared with last year, and the 140,000-euro ($186,630) median remained level. The buyback rate of 27 percent was an improvement from 31 percent in the second session of the 2012 sale.

Two more yearlings sold for seven figures on Sunday, led by a new sale topper in a 1.5-million ($1,999,600) daughter of Dubawi, purchased by bloodstock agent James Harron on behalf of a private investor, from Coulonces Consignment. She is out of the unraced Cozzene mare Hit the Sky, who has produced Group 2 winner Royal Bench and Group 3 winner Memphis Tennessee. Irish Oaks winner Moonstone, Group 1 winner Cerulean Sky, and Group 2 winner and classic-placed Honolulu are all close relatives. A Dubawi colt was the first yearling to sell for seven figures during the first session on Saturday, going for 1 million euros ($1,333,080) to Peter and Ross Doyle.

Also on Sunday, a gray daughter of Coolmore titan Galileo went for 1 million euros to the same affiliation’s M.V. Magnier, who also purchased a 1 million-euro Galileo filly on Saturday in support of the operation's elite international sire. Consigned by Ecurie des Monceaux, the colt is the second foal out of Group 1 winner Alpine Rose, by Linamix. Alpine Rose is a full sister to Group 1 winner and sire Fragrant Mix, Group 3 winner Fracassant, and stakes winner and producer Farfala.

The Arqana Deauville yearling sale concludes on Monday, with its final session beginning at 1 p.m. local time.

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