The average price rose 5.6% from 2008 and the median price increased 12.5% on the second day of the Arqana October yearling sale at Deauville in France Oct. 20. But fewer horses were sold, which contributed to a 6.7% reduction in the gross revenue.
A Shamardal colt was the most expensive horse sold, bringing €170,000 ($253,531 in U.S. funds). BBA Ireland purchased the bay yearling from Haras de Grandcamp. Produced from the 16-year-old Funambule mare Banakill, who had a second and a third in seven career races, the colt is a half-brother to French group III winner Coupe de Champe (by Take Risks) and Obrigado (by Enrique), who captured the 2007 San Luis Obispo Handicap (gr. IIT) and this year’s Round Table Handicap (gr. IIIT).
The highest-priced filly sold was a €160,000 ($238,618) daughter of Medicean. She is the first foal out of the 6-year-old Monsun mare Anna Mona, who won twice and finished third in the 2006 Prix de Royaumont (Fr-III). Anna Mona is a half-sister to this year’s Prix d’Aumale (Fr-III) winner, Middle Club (by Fantastic Light).
Sylvain Vidal, acting on behalf of Gerard Augustin-Normand, purchased the chestnut yearling from Haras de Saint-Pair.
The second day’s results included a gross of €3,480,000 ($5,189,933) for the 129 yearlings that sold. The average was €26,977 ($40,232), and the median was €18,000 ($26,845). Private sales totaled €70,000 ($104,395). The clearance rate (for the 183 horses offered) was 70.5%.
Last year on the auction’s second day, the 146 yearlings that sold grossed €3,729,500 and averaged €25,545. The median was €16,000. Private sales totaled €85,000. The clearance rate (for the 146 horses offered) was 72.5%.