Chicquita's Half Brother Leads Arqana Session

An Invincible Spirit half brother to 2013 Darley Irish Oaks (Ire-I) winner Chicquita sold for €1.1 million ($1,473,803 in United States funds), the highest price at the second session of the Arqana Deauville yearling sale Aug. 17. 
The purchase by Irish agents Ross and Peter Doyle for South African Markus Jooste's Mayfair Speculators came near the end of the session. Peter Doyle signed the ticket for the youngster after a prolonged bidding duel with David Redvers, who was acting on behalf of Sheikh Fahad Al Thani.
The session-topping Invincible Spirit colt, the most expensive for his sire at public auction, is the third seven-figure Arqana Deauville yearling out of listed French stakes winner Prudenzia, by Dansili. The colt was consigned by Haras des Monceaux, which bred him in Ireland with Skymarc Farm.
The partnership bred and raced Prudenzia, who has produced two winners from as many starters, including Chicquita, by Montjeu, herself a €600,000 Arqana Deauville yearling purchase by Badgers Bloodstock in 2011. 
In 2012, Prudenzia's Galileo filly, to be named Sinnamary, brought a sale-topping €1.1 million from Agence FIPS. In 2013, her second Galileo filly sold for €1 million to Coolmore's M. V. Magnier.
Magnier went to the session's second-highest price of €850,000 ($1,138,320) for Haras du Mezeray's colt by Dansili out of German stakes winner Mambo Light, a daughter by Kingmambo who was group III-placed. 
Arqana reported 63 of 75 horses offered as sold on the sale's second evening, for total receipts of €12,899,500 ($17,282,105), an increase of 6.5% from the same day last year when 58 horses sold. Median price was €160,000 ($214,359), a rise of 16.4%, and average price was off just slightly at €204,754 ($274,307).
The clearance rate improved from 73.4% last year to 84%.
The second session, along with the opening session Aug. 16, constituted Book 1 of the catalog.
Through two days, turnover is $€29,161,500 ($39,053,745), up nearly 9% compared with the corresponding sessions in 2013. The average price of €228,870 ($306,505) marks a 7.5% increase. The clearance rate of 82.5%, is a nearly 9 point increase from last year.
Three yearlings have sold for €1$million ($1,339,212) or more, 16 were knocked down for €400,000 ($535,686) or more, and 52 yearlings have sold for €200,000 ($267,843) or more, compared to 44 in 2013.
The Arqana Deauville yearling sale continues Aug. 18 with the final of three sessions.
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