Young stallion Montmartre was the star on the final day of the Arqana Deauville breeding stock sale Dec. 9 before the auction closed its four-day run with record results.
For the third consecutive year the sale posted an unprecedented gross, generating total receipts of €27,571,000 (US$34,111,975). Overall, of the 871 mares, fillies, and foals that went through the ring, 673 of them changed hands, representing a clearance rate of more than 77%.
The average reached €40,259 ($49,810), an increase of 4.5% compared with 2013, while the median was €17,000 ($21,032), up 30.8%.
Offered by GIP Haras-France, Montmartre was the object of spirited bidding, but Ghislain Bozo's Meridian International prevailed to land 21 shares in the 9-year-old son of Montjeu on behalf of the existing shareholders for €180,000 ($222,671).
When owned by the Aga Khan, Montmartre was deemed the best 3-year-old old in France, most notably due to his four-length triumph in the 2008 Grand Prix de Paris (Fr-I)). His first crop of 3-year-olds includes high-class daughter Amour a Papa
, who earlier this year finished second to Avenir Certain
in the Prix de Diane (Fr-I, French Oaks).
Formerly standing at Haras du Pin, Montmartre will shift to Haras du Hoguenet for 2015. The gray horse has three crops of racing.
The second-highest prices of the session, primarily devoted to horses with a National Hunt profile, was €165,000 ($204,126) for the 4-year old filly Fleur d'Ainay. The daughter of Poliglote who has won over fences at Auteuil was offered as a horse out of training by Xavier Leredde and bought by George Mullins. Produced by the Cadoudal mare Guendale, she is a half sister to three stakes winners over the jumps and will be sent to Ireland to start her career as a broodmare.
Throughout the sale, demand was sustained from a large panel of buyers over every segment of the bloodstock market.
"This success is linked to the strength of the catalog, which was even stronger this year in spite of the increasingly rare supply of high-end mares on the market," Arqana chairman Eric Hoyeau said at sale's end. "We were able to rely on the presence of very good families, which attracted an increasingly international range of buyers coming from all the breeding nations. We are also most satisfied with the activity of French breeders who reinvested in quality mares following a successful sales season.
"We also noticed a very sustained foal market, which proved in line with other European sales companies."