Arqana to hold new boutique jumps sale at Auteuil
Bright National Hunt prospects to go under the hammer
Arqana is launching a new boutique National Hunt horses in training sale with the first edition to be held next month.
The Auteuil Sale will take place on Saturday, May 19, at the iconic French jumps track on the Grand Steeple-Chase weekend, during which the prestigious Prix Alain du Breil, Prix Ferdinand Dufaure and Grande Course de Haies d'Auteuil are also staged.
The catalogue will comprise horses with recent form, either on the Flat or over jumps, and the auction will take place in the parade ring minutes after the last day of the race.
Lots will be revealed online from early May, with a full printed catalogue available on the day of the sale.
Arqana CEO Eric Hoyeau said: “With the first of our National Hunt sales taking place in July and so much quality racing taking place in the spring, we felt that vendors would be interested in an earlier opportunity to bring a smart performer to the market.
“With horses in training timing is of the essence, as the figures commanded by wild card entries as well as online sales frequently remind us.
“The Auteuil Sale will allow some owners to cash in on promising young horses while providing others with an excellent showcase of ‘French-made’ talents to choose from.
“The Grand Steeple-Chase weekend attracts National Hunt professionals from all over France and has also been well attended by British and Irish visitors who enjoy seizing the opportunity of a relaxed weekend in Paris after the close of their local season. We must thank France Galop for their support in the launch of this innovative sale and look forward to receiving exciting entries.”
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