Search for another Le Brivido gets underway
Sistercharlie another bargain graduate from Deauville in October
Boosted by the exploits of bargain buys Le Brivido and Sistercharlie, Arqana on Wednesday posted online the catalogue for its October Yearling Sale.
Le Brivido, knocked down to George Mullins from Haras de Clairefontaine's consignment for €42,000 in 2015, was pinhooked to realise €105,000 at the Arqana breeze-ups the following spring. This season he gave Brametot an epic battle in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains before landing the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The year had already started well for October graduates with the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint success of The Right Man, bought by Thierry Delegue for only €32,000, at Meydan in March.
Le Brivido's rise was then matched by Sistercharlie, purchased for just €12,000 by Paul Nataf from the Ecurie des Monceaux. She won the Prix Penelope before going down by just a head in the Prix de Diane, and has since again finished runner-up in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational on her American debut.
The Scandinavian Classics this season have been dominated by October graduates: Dorica, bought for €40,000 by Morten Buskop, landed the Swedish Derby-Oaks double, while High As A Kite, found for €18,000 by Jan Bjordal, took the Swedish 1,000 Guineas and Norwegian Derby.
The challenge now is to find similar value among 653 yearlings to be offered in Deauville on October 17-20.
French sires account for 420 lots, established stars being joined by rookies such as Anodin, Charm Spirit and Olympic Glory.
Having opted to sell yearlings exclusively at this sale, Andreas Putsch's Haras de Saint Pair offers six well-bred fillies and colts, including a son of Frankel out of Group 1 winner Pearly Shells (lot 55).
Haras de Grandcamp offers the largest consignment of 43 lots, including a half-brother to black-type winners Odeliz and Pamplemousse by Exceed And Excel (lot 138).
The catalogue is split into two sections: the first day, Part I, will start at 10.30 a.m., while Part II will take place over the following three days.
For the second year running, the sale will coincide with the Galop Expo fair, featuring 60 businesses ranging across breeding, nutrition, healthcare, transport, insurance, marketing and new technologies.
The vast majority of lots are eligible for the Haras de Bouquetot-October Yearling Sale Criterium, carrying a guaranteed purse of €250,000.