Brisk business from new buyers led to increased sales on the third day of the Arqana breeding stock sale Dec. 9.
The session saw 86.6% of mares and foals offered change hands, a nearly 12% improvement from the 74.9% figure on the same day in 2012.
Investors new to the sale helped drive the day's dynamic trade, with those from Qatar buying approximately 30 horses while Chilean investors acquired 22 horses, French Daily News reports.
The average price was nearly static at €8,615 ($11,835 in United States funds) while the 213 horses sold generated total receipts of €1,835,000 ($2,521,070), up 21.4%.
The day's top- priced horse was Shendaya, a Danehill Dancer mare in foal to Sinndar, who was purchased for €40,000 ($54,949) by Eric Puerari.
The 9-year-old mare, consigned by Aga Khan Studs, has produced one starter from two foals. She is out of French stakes winner Shemaya, by Darshaan, and is a half sister to the dam of French group II winner Shimraan. Second dam Shemaka won the 1993 Prix de Diane (Fr-I, French Oaks).
The Arqana breeding stock sale concludes Dec. 10 with the fourth session.