While business was conducted on a lower scale during the third day of the Arqana yearling sale at Deauville in France Aug. 17, the final results maintained the upward momentum seen on the first two days.
The 82 yearlings sold, from 104 offered, grossed 6,818,000 euros and averaged 83,146 euros. Their median price was 65,000 euros. In 2007, 75 yearlings sold for a gross of 5,119,000 euros, an average of 68,253 euros, and a median of 55,000 euros.
John Ferguson, Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock advisor, paid the top price, going to 360,000 euros for a Verglas colt out of the Anabaa mare Hidden Silver. The grey colt, a full brother to the winner Silver Frost, was consigned by Haras des Sablonnets.
A Dream Well filly, which made 260,000 euros, was knocked down to Haras de Saint Pair. The yearling is a half-sister to group III winner Viva Macau and Diyakalanie.
Agent Peter Doyle spent 210,000 euros on a Green Tune filly on behalf of British trainer Richard Hannon, whose son Richard Jr. said, "We bought him without an owner, but we get lots of owners ringing up wanting French-breds so they can bring them back to France for the premiums."
A Red Ransom colt, which also brought 210,000 euros, went to the Broadhurst Agency, while a Dalakhani colt was taken by agent Borje Olsson for 200,000 euros on behalf of leading French trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre.