Opportunity abounds at sale from which Olmedo and Teppal emerged
Poule d'Essai winners were purchased for a combined €160,000 in 2016
Arqana’s August Sale may have drawn to a close for another year but there is still one more day of yearling auction action to go in Deauville, with the company hosting its v2 sale on Tuesday.
The v2 auction is a less select affair than the flagship August Sale, but its stature has grown in recent years thanks to the exploits of some high-achieving graduates.
Both of this year’s French Guineas winners were sold at the 2016 edition of v2, with Jean-Claude Rouget acquiring Poule d'Essai des Poulains victor Olmedo for €100,000 from Haras des Capucines, while breeze-up doyen Con Marnane pinhooked Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Teppal from Haras d'Ellon for €60,000.
Another 2016 graduate came close to joining the Classic-winning roll of honour when Patascoy, a €40,000 buy by Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte, finished just half a length behind Study Of Man in the Prix du Jockey Club.
This year’s catalogue will see 133 yearlings come under the hammer, including the progeny of two stallions who have been in the news of late, with Pedro The Great (Fatale Bere - Del Mar Oaks) and Zanzibari (Nonza - Prix Jean Romanet) both being represented by their maiden top-level winner over the weekend.
Among the more established names with sons and daughters on offer are the likes of Bated Breath, Dabirsim, Siyouni and Wootton Bassett.
Rising stars of the consigning ranks Coulonces Sales and La Motteraye Consignment - who offered the €1.4 million August Sale-topping Dubawi colt - will both present yearlings.
Last year’s sale saw a clearance rate of 82 per cent, with 107 sold lots bringing turnover of €4,196,500 (+22 per cent year on year), an average of €39,220 (- 1 per cent) and a median of €30,000 (- 6 per cent).
The sale begins at 3pm local time (2pm BST).
Full reports from the Arqana August Sale: