08/19/2013 3:29PM

Arqana Deauville yearling sale: Select auction ends with sizeable gains


Arqana’s Deauville yearling sale concluded Monday in France with gains at its single-session Part 2 portion.

The Part 2 session sold 129 yearlings including private sales for 7,857,000 euros, or about $10,432,600. Monday’s average was about $80,594, and the median was approximately $69,160. Compared year-to-year in euros, the local auction currency, the gross advanced 39 percent from last year, when 95 yearlings sold. The average increased five percent, and the median increased 11 percent.

The buyback rate was 23 percent, according to Arqana, down from 37 percent last season.

Monday’s Part 2 session-topper was a three-quarters-sister to Group 3 winner Split Trois, purchased by Mandore International agency for 210,000 euros, or about $279,300. The filly, from the first crop of Dubawi’s son Makfi, is out of the winning Zafonic mare Auenpearl. Ecurie des Monceaux consigned the filly.

The entire three-day auction, including both Parts 1 and 2, sold 251 yearlings for $46,273,500, a 17 percent increase in gross; last year’s auction, held over four days, sold 289 horses.

The overall average price, $179,047, was up 37 percent, and the median, $106,400, was up 23 percent. Buybacks were 25 percent, down from 34 percent in 2012.

The two-session Part 1, which ended Sunday night, posted massive gains, thanks in part to four yearlings that sold for 1 million euros or more. The Part 1 sessions sold 122 yearlings for about $34,620,090, resulting in a $283,148 average and a $179,550 median. The Part 1 gross was up 34 percent from last year’s comparable section, which sold 123 yearlings. The 2013 average and median gained 35 percent and 29 percent, respectively. The buyback rate was 27 percent, down from 29 percent a year ago.

James Harron Bloodstock picked up the Part 1 sale-topper, paying 1.5 million euros (or about $1,995,000) for a Dubawi filly at Sunday’s opening session. The filly, out of Hit the Sky, is a half-sister to the group stakes winners Memphis Tennessee and Royal Bench and came out of the Coulonces Consignment. Dubawi, who enjoyed a stellar sale, also sired another million-euro yearling in Part 1. Peter and Ross Doyle signed for this one, a son of the unraced Indian Ridge mare Mise, who already has produced Group 1 winner Nahoodh, by Clodovil. Ballylinch Stud was the consignor.

M. V. Magnier, son of Coolmore boss John Magnier, purchased two seven-figure fillies by the operation’s stallion Galileo. Each sold for 1 million euros ($1,330,000). The first was a daughter of the stakes-winning Dansili mare Prudenzia and is a three-quarters-sister to this year’s Irish Oaks winner, Chicquita, who also was second in the French Oaks earlier in the season. Magnier’s second million-euro purchase was out of 2009 Prix Romanet winner Alpine Rose, whose only other foal to date is an unraced 2-year-old by Sea the Stars. Ecurie des Monceaux consigned both the Galileo fillies.

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