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As the Arqana Yearling sale at Deauville came to a close, so began a week to remember for Europe’s reigning Champion sire.
· The Arqana Deauville August Yearling Sale concluded on Tuesday having amassed a total of €29,656,500 over four days, and despite a drop in the percentage of horses sold (from 74% to 66%), the average price rose more than 2% to €98,066. While buyers remained active during both Monday and Tuesday’s sessions, none of the yearlings making their way around the ring managed to top Sunday’s high of €1.2m, the figure which Mandore International Agency bid to secure one of the first Sea The Stars yearlings available in Europe. The final session saw a daughter of Dubawi claim top of the table when knocked down to Angus Gold for €200,000, consigned by Haras de Quesnay.
It was Ecurie des Monceaux who had the most to celebrate as the sun set on Tuesday however, finishing the sale at the top of the vendor’s table with a total turnover of almost €5.4m, having not only consigned Sunday’s Sea The Stars offering, but also the second and third highest lots by Galileo and Montjeu respectively.
· While Galileo may have been pipped to the post at Deauville by his half-brother Sea The Stars for top lot honours, the Coolmore resident found a new way to assert his superiority in the stallion ranks. The son of Sadler’s Wells, thrice Champion sire, notched up an incredible ten black-type winners within a week, six of which performed on Saturday alone.
The fillies were in form on Tuesday for their sire; first Romantica (Group 2 Prix de la Nonette) started the winning streak off in style with Twirl (Listed Hurry Harriet Stakes)following hot on her heels. No one could have failed to miss the third triumph of the week as Frankel obliterated the Group 1 Juddmonte International field on Wednesday, winning by seven lengths on his first outing over the 10f trip.
Three stakes victories in one week is a good result by anyone’s standard, but come Saturday, that total was about to be tripled. The first win came across the Channel as Aigue Marine claimed the Listed Grand Prix de Clairefontaine, before over in Ireland Ursa Major took the Group 3 St Leger Trial Stakes. Germany was the host country for the day’s third win as Mikhail Glinka got up by half a length in the Group 3 Preis der Sparkassen. Two Listed wins followed courtesy of Quest For Peace (March Stakes) and Cameron Highland (August Stakes) before Lay Time rounded off the momentous day in the Group 3 Winter Hill Stakes.
Sunday saw the addition of a final Group 3 win to the tally thanks to Up in the Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes, rounding off a week in which there was no mistaking which son of Sadler’s Wells is out to fill his sire’s legendary shoes.
· Bodemeister, dual American Classic runner-up and the owner of some outstanding sectionals in both those and his other outings this year, will retire to WinStar Farm following injury. Muscle damage to his shoulder, likely sustained during work three weeks ago, has curtailed the rest of his 2012 campaign, and so connections have made the decision to retire the son of Empire Maker ahead of the 2013 season.
· In other news across the pond, Cigar Mile winner To Honor And Serve will stand at Gainesway Farm next season. From the first crop of Bernadini, he won Graded races at two, three and four, and descends from the family of Dynaformer.
Owner/breeder Dave Scott had multiple cause for celebrations at Redcar on Saturday. Not only did his trainer/jockey team of David O’Meara and Daniel Tudhope fire home a 96/1 double at the venue, but the winning pair, Ingleby Exceed (Exceed And Excel) and Ingleby Angel (Dark Angel) are both out of his Pivotal mare Mistress Twister. The result bodes well for the four-time winner’s second career, Ingleby Exceed being her first foal, followed a year later by Ingleby Angel. The duo’s Kheleyf half-brother could be seen on course next