Group III winner Mambia brought the top price at Arqana’s Arc auction in Oct. 2, selling for €450,000 ($617,616 in U.S. funds) to Oceanic Bloodstock, agent for Martin Schwartz. The 2-year-old chestnut filly was consigned by trainer Joel Boisnard.
Sired by Aldebaran and out of the Common Grounds mare Algoa, Mambia captured the Prix du Calvados-Haras des Capucines (Fr-III) in August and the Prix des Jouvenceaux et des Jouvencelles in July.
Another group III winner, Rajsaman, sold for the auction’s second-highest price of €440,000 ($603,891). Chantilly bloodstock, acting on behalf of Saeed Nasser al Romaithi of Dubai, purchased the 3-year-old gray son of Linamix from the Aga Khan Studs.
Produced from the Lammtarra mare Rose Quartz, Rajsaman scored in the Prix de Fontainebleau (Fr-III) in April and finished third in the Prix du Prince d’Orange (Fr-III) in September. He also won the 2009 Grand Prix C.I.C. Banque Privee-Criterium de Lyon.
The sale’s results included a gross of €3,326,000 ($4,564,870) for the 23 horses that sold. The average price was €144,609 ($198,473) and the median price was €95,000 ($130,386). The clearance rate was 53.5% for the 43 horses offered.
In 2009, the 25 horses that sold grossed €3,019,000 and averaged €120,760. The median was €110,000. The clearance rate for the 52 horses that were offered was 48.1%.