Inaugural Auteuil Sale attracts 13 exciting initial entries
Auction takes place on Saturday, May 19
Arqana have unveiled 13 initial entries for the company's inaugural Auteuil Sale, which takes place in the parade ring 30 minutes after the last race on Saturday, May 19.
The auction takes place on the weekend of the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris, the French equivalent of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The impressive debut winner Vision D'Honneur will sell as lot 5. The son of Vision D'Etat and half-brother to Grade 1 performer Le Martalin scored by three and a half lengths over 3000 metres at Fontainebleau in the care of Robert Collet.
A three-year-old gelding by Redoute's Choice, Festivalier, is lot 11. Trained by Carlos and Yann Lerner, he ran third on both his starts at Auteuil over hurdles, only finding the highly regarded Pic D'Orhy and Goliath Du Berlais too good in the Prix Go Ahead hurdle at the end of April.
Joel Boisnard will offer two of his charges, headed by three-year-old Authorized gelding Great Authority (lot 4). This half-brother to stakes winner Dartagnan D'Azur ran second on his hurdling debut at Nantes. As for Sansiro (lot 9), he is undefeated in two starts over hurdles this year. After winning by 15 lengths in Angers, this four-year-old Rajsaman gelding doubled up at Toulouse in early April.
Francois-Marie Cottin presents Caribean Boy (lot 3), a progressive four-year-old gelding. Already a winner over hurdles at Auteuil last year, he finished second on his last start in the Listed Prix de Marsan.
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