Deauville to Start European Yearling Season

The first major yearling sale in Europe begins Aug. 17 in the coastal French village of Deauville, where 512 horses have been entered. The first two days of the four-day sale are select sessions.
 
This sale had suffered for three years of decline until 2006, when the French market suddenly became re-energized. A factor may have been the formation of a new sales conglomerate, Arqana, which absorbed the previous sale operator Agence Francaise. There may also have been a genuine boost in confidence in the French bloodstock market, which resulted in a 36% increase in gross sales to more than $38 million. The average and median also enjoyed double-digit increases to $104,360 and $73,128, respectively.
 
The top tier of the market was up overall, with 10 horses selling for 300,000 euros ($376,866) or more, compared with six in 2005, and six horses selling for 500,000 euros ($628,1000) compared with only two the previous year.
 
Among the top horses being sold is hip 48, a bay filly by Dynaformer out of the multiple graded stakes winner mare Randaroo, who raced from 2 to 4 in the United States and won the First Flight Handicap (gr. II), Top Flight Handicap (gr. II), and the Distaff Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. II). Another to watch is a filly (hip 102) by Mr. Greeley out the stakes-placed mare Boubskaia, who has produced group stakes winners Daneskaya and Silverskaya in addition to Winstar Distaff Handicap winner Mumtaz.

The catalog is available online at www.arqana.com.

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