Action Slows Sunday at Deauville Yearling Sale

The third session of the Deauville Yearling Sale in France on Aug. 20, produced few excitements but trade was solid at a lower level.

Of 89 lots catalogued, 86 were offered and 66 sold for 4,326,000 euros. The average was 65,545 euros and the median 65,000 euros.

So over the three days so far, 299 came into the ring and 239 were noted as sold for 24,812,000 euros – for a median of 70,000 euros and an average of 103,816 euros.

There is one lesser session to go on Aug. 21.

In 2005, the four days of selling resulted in 444 being offered and 326 selling for 22,842,000 euros, with the average at 70,067 euros.

Trainer Jean-Claude Rouge, second only to Andre Fabre in the race for the French trainers' championship this year, made the most expensive purchase of the session when going to 160,000 euros for a Linamix colt from Haras des Capucines.

The colt is a full brother to a winner and half-brother to two others.

Two others fetched 130,000 euros. Marc-Antoine Berghgracht of the MAB Agency bought the first, a Medicean filly, while British owner Peter Webb and trainer Nick Littmoden acquired the second, a Stravinsky colt.