A daughter of Hawk Wing topped the third session of Arqana’s Deauville Sale in France, the country's principal yearling sale, the evening of Aug. 19.
After two powerful select sessions, the prices dropped and she made 230,000 euros when bought by France’s Broadhurst Agency.
The yearling filly, out of Dancing Dissident mare Don’t Worry Me, is a half-sister to three winners.
A Zamindar filly made the next best price when snapped up for 210,000 euros by Michel Zerolo of Oceanic Bloodstock for an American client.
The filly is the first foal of Louve De Saron, whose half-sister Cracovie is the dam of Coquerelle, also by Zamindar, who won the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary at Longchamp in May.
Zerolo’s purchase will race in France before continuing her career in the U.S. and is the third filly he has bought at the Deauville yearling sale this year for the same client, following on from ones by King's Best and Red Ransom.
Gerard Larrieu of Chantilly Bloodstock spent 190,000 euros on a son of Montjeu out of Saperlipoupette, a Group 3 winner over 11f in Germany, for owner Jean-Louis Bouchard. The colt will go to trainer Pascal Bary. The French agent was active for the same owner in the Aug. 17 session, buying three more, colts by Galileo and Gulch and a Dubai Destination filly.
He also purchased a Selkirk filly, out of the Listed winner Oyster Catcher, for 150,000 euros for French breeder Eric Simeon. This is another one destined to end up with Bary.
The gains at the third session were less spectacular than for the previous two, but there was still solid trade. Of the 93 offered (83 in 2006), 75 sold (66) at a clearance rate of 80.25 per cent (79.52 per cent) for 5,119,000 euros (up 18.3 per cent at 4,326,000), with the average coming out at 68,253 euros (up 4.1 per cent at 65,545) and the median 55,000 euros (65,000).
The aggregate over the first three days of 31,259,000 euros exceeds last year’s equivalent at the same stage, 24,812,000 euros, by 26 per cent, with average up by nearly as big a percentage.
The sale, the first European yearling auction of the year, ends Aug. 20.