Deauville August Sale concludes on a high

Filed on 18 Aug 2009 @ 08:35

Arqana sale posts new records for turnover and average

The Arqana August Yearling Sale concluded on Monday with turnover reaching the record figure of €41,456,500 (including private sales). The average price also improved from 2008 to reach €114,778 over the four days of selling, while the median registered a significant 7% growth to settle at €75,000.

EBF Dick hern Fillies' Stakes L - Annabelle's Charm

Filed on 17 Aug 2009 @ 10:25


£40,000, Bath, 8-16, 3yo/up, f/m, 1m 5ydsT, 1:39.60, gd.

1--ANNABELLE'S CHARM (IRE), 126, f, 4
Indian Ridge (Ire)--Kylemore (Ire), by Sadler's Wells.

New York-bred sale closes 20% down

Filed on 17 Aug 2009 @ 08:55

Saratoga, 17 August 2009

Fasig-Tipton Sale rebounds in second session

The Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale at Saratoga closed with declines of 20% from last year. Sunday's second session saw trade rebound, virtually matching 2008's levels, after a calamitous 40% drop in Saturday's session.

Desmond Stakes G3 - Famous Name

Filed on 16 Aug 2009 @ 15:53


€62,000, Curragh, 8-16, 3yo/up, 1mT, 1:42.79, sf/hy.

1--FAMOUS NAME (GB), 136, c, 4
Famous Name (GB)--Fame at Last, by Quest for Fame (GB)

Famous Name is a half-brother to the winners Final Esteem, Everlasting Fame and Anchor Date out of a winning mare. The second dam is a half sister to the Listed winner Rambushka, the granddam of the great Australian racemare Makybe Diva.

Dansili has 69 winners at a 43% strike rate this year, with his 10 stakes winners including six Group winners. He has yielded second place behind Pivotal to stablemate Oasis Dream on our list of leading British-based stallions by European earnings this year.

Rheinland Pokal G1 - Wiener Walzer

Filed on 16 Aug 2009 @ 15:48


€155,000, Cologne, 8-16, 3yo/up, 1 1/2mT, 2:29.89, gd.

1--WIENER WALZER (GER), 122, c, 3
Dynaformer--Walzerkoenigin, by Kingmambo

A Gestut Schlenderhan homebred, Wiener Walzer is a half brother to Group Three Bavarian Classic winner Walzertraum (Rahy) out of the dual Group Two and Group Three winning Kingmambo mare Walzerkoenigin. Dynaformer has an affinity with the Mr Prospector line, and the Dynaformer - Kingmambo cross has also produced Ocean Silk and today's Grade One American Oaks winner Gozzip Girl.

Lane's End sire Dynaformer has four stakes winners amongst his nine European winners in 2009, with Guantana and Wiener Walzer - both homebred by Baron Georg von Ullmann - multiple stakes winners. His yearlings sold for up to $575,000 at Saratoga last week.

Phoenix Sprint Stakes G3 - Girouette

Filed on 16 Aug 2009 @ 15:33


€62,000, Curragh, 8-16, 3yo/up, 6fT, 1:15.28, sf/hy.

1--GIROUETTE (IRE), 127, f, 4
Pivotal (GB)--Vassiana (Fr), by Anabaa

Giroutte is a half sister to a winner out of a winning Listed-placed mare, herself a sister to dual Listed winner Victorieux and Group Three winner Villadolide.

Pivotal has nine stakes winners, headed by Sariska, this year, and 78 winners in all at a 48% strike rate. He comfortably leads the Juddmonte pair Oasis Dream and Dansili as leading British-based sire by European earnings.

Flying Fillies's Stales L - Mullein

Filed on 16 Aug 2009 @ 15:28


£45,000, Pontefract, 8-16, 3yo/up, f/m, 6fT, 1:14.44, gd/fm.

1--MULLEIN (GB), 126, f, 4
Oasis Dream (GB)--Gipsy Moth (GB), by Efisio (GB).

Mullein is a half sister to recent Goodwood Group Three winner Illustrious Blue and three other winners including eight-time winner Romany Nights, out of Listed winner Gypsy Moth, a half sister to Heavenly Whisper, a Listed winner and Group Two-placed. The third dam Rimosa's Pet won the Group Three Musidora Stakes and Group Three Princess Elizabeth Stakes and is the dam of Group winners Rock City and Kerrera.

This is the second stakes winner of the afternoon for Juddmonte sire Oasis Dream - see notes for Sri Putra below.

Prix Michel Houyvet L - Manighar

Filed on 16 Aug 2009 @ 15:21


€55,000, Deauville, 8-16, 3yo, 1 7/8mT, 3:18.40, gd.

1--MANIGHAR (FR), 123, g, 3
Linamix (Fr)--Mintly Fresh, by Rubiano

Linamix, whose leading earner is Group Two Prix Corrida winner Alpine Rose, has five stakes winners this year. He has 31 winners from 93 runners and is fifth on our list of leading sires in France this year - his son Slickly is sixth.

Prix Jacques le Marois G1 - Goldikova

Filed on 16 Aug 2009 @ 14:37


€600,000, Deauville, 8-16, 3yo/up, c/f/m, 1mT, 1:33.50, gd.

1--GOLDIKOVA (IRE), 126, f, 4
Anabaa--Born Gold, by Blushing Groom (Fr)

Goldikova is a half sister to Group Three Prix de Guiche winner Gold Sound and Group Three Prix Cleopatre winner Gold Round out of a winning sister to Group One Prix marcel Boussac and Coronation Stakes winner Gold Splash. The second dam Riviere d'Or won three Group races including the Group One Prix Saint-Alary.

Goldikova is the leading earner ond one of three stakes winner this year for Anabaa, who has 45 individual winners and a substantial lead as the leading French-based sire this year.

Prix Francois Boutin L - Hearts Of Fire

Filed on 16 Aug 2009 @ 14:20


€55,000, Deauville, 8-16, 2yo, 7fT, 1:22.70, gd.

1--HEARTS OF FIRE (GB), 128, c, 2
Firebreak (GB)--Alexander Ballet (GB), by Mind Games (GB)

A £13,000 DBS yearling, Hearts Of Fire is out of a winning half sister to four winners and two black type performers, themselves out of a winning half sister to American Grade One winner Spanish Fern. The third dam Chain Store is an unraced own sister to Al Bahathri, Group One winner and the dam of Haafhd.

Hearts Of Fire is one of two winners, from 13 runners, for freshman sire Firebreak, and becomes his first stakes winner.

Grand Handicap de Deauville L - Grey Soldier

Filed on 16 Aug 2009 @ 14:13


€100,000, Deauville, 8-16, 3yo/up, 1mT, 1:36.30, gd.

1--GREY SOLDIER (IRE), 119, g, 4
Galileo (Ire)--Crusch Alva (Fr), by Unfuwain.

A 160,000 gns Tattersalls Craven breeze-Up Sale graduate, Grey Soldier is out of an unraced half sister to multiple Listed winner and Group-placed Kashwan and Group Three winner Persian Ruler.

Galileo now has 62 winners and 17 stakes winners in Europe this year; he is third by European earnings on the general sires' list.

Prix Guillaume d'Ornano G2 - Sri Putra

Filed on 16 Aug 2009 @ 14:01


€130,000, Deauville, 8-16, 3yo, 1 1/4mT, 2:06.10, gd.

1--SRI PUTRA (GB), 123, c, 3
Oasis Dream (GB)--Wendylina (Ire), by In the Wings (GB)

A 240,000 gns Tattersalls yearling, Sri Putra is a half brother to a winner out of an unraced half sister to Group One Prix de Diane winner Caerlina and Listed winner Swalina. The second dam is a winning half sister to three stakes winners, including Karamita, the dam of dual Group One winner Kartajana.

Oasis Dream, the dominant leader of the third crop sires' table, now has 11 stakes winners in his 62 individual winners. His 14 stakes wins this year places him fourth on the list of leading sires of stakes winners, by number of wins.

Royal Whip Stakes G2 - Casual Conquest

Filed on 16 Aug 2009 @ 13:57


€115,000, Curragh, 8-16, 3yo/up, 1 1/4mT, 2:15.74, sf/hy.

1--CASUAL CONQUEST (IRE), 137, c, 4
Hernando (Fr)--Lady Luck (Ire), by Kris (GB)

Moyglare Stud's homebred Casual Conquest is a half-brother to juvenile Listed winner Elusive Double out of a lightly raced half sister to Group Three winner Social Harmony.

Hernando had Casual Conquest and Oaks winner Look Here amongst his 45 individual winners last year, achieved at a 45% strike rate. He has 27 winners headed by Casual Conquest, hsi sole stakes winner, so far in 2009.

Premio EBF Terme di Merano L - Cottonmouth

Filed on 16 Aug 2009 @ 09:05


€50,400, Merano, 8-15, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 3/8mT, time: n/a, gd.

1--COTTONMOUTH (IRE), 129, m, 5
Noverre--Nafzira (Ire), by Darshaan (GB).

Pivotal filly tops day 2 at Deauville

Filed on 16 Aug 2009 @ 08:39

Strong trade includes rare European sale of Redoute's Choice colt

The second session of the Deauville August Yearling Sale on Saturday saw trade almost match the record levels of 2008. Overall 77 lots sold from the 105 offered for an aggregate of €9,385,000, a 5% decline from lat year. The median was unchanged at €100,000 whilst the average dropped from €130,962 to €121,883. 12 lots passed the €200,000 mark against 13 in 2008. Turnover for the first two sessions remains €1,5 million Euros clear of the 2008 figures.

Prix de la Vallee d'Auge L - Piccadilly Filly

Filed on 15 Aug 2009 @ 15:09


€55,000, Deauville, 8-15, 2yo, 5fT, :57.50, gd.

1--PICCADILLY FILLY (IRE), 120, f, 2
Exceed And Excel (Aus)--Tortue (Ire), by Turtle Island (Ire)

Piccadilly Filly is out of a multiple winning half sister to Group One Prix Royal-Oak winner Tiraaz, out of the Listed winner Tarikhana, herself a half sister to Group winners Tassmoun, Tashkourgan and Tashtiya, Listed winner Talaja and Tadkiyra, the dam of Group One winner Damson.

This is the fifth career stakes winner in Europe for second season sire Exceed And Excel, who has 39 winners, including 19 juvenile winners, from 110 runners this year. The son of Danehill is third on the second crop sires' table and has more two-year-old winners than all sires bar Invincible Spirit.

Prix Gontaut-Biron G3 - Crossharbour

Filed on 15 Aug 2009 @ 14:40


€80,000, Deauville, 8-15, 4yo/up, 1 1/4mT, 2:04.00, gd.

1--CROSSHARBOUR (GB), 121, h, 5
Zamindar--Docklands, by Theatrical (Ire)

This is the third pattern win for Juddmonte homebred Crossharbour, a half brother to Arc winner Rail Link and Group Three winner Chelsea Manor as well as four other winners out of Docklands, a half sister to Group Three winner Wharf and Listed winner Mooring.

Zamindar now has two stakes winners this year amongst his 21 individual European winners, achieved at a 38% strike rate.

Prix de Pomone G2 - Armure

Filed on 15 Aug 2009 @ 14:37


€130,000, Deauville, 8-15, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 9/16mT, 2:40.00, gd.

1--ARMURE (GB), 130, f, 4
Dalakhani (Ire)--Bombazine (Ire), by Generous (Ire)

A 220,000 gns purchase at last year's Tattersalls December Mare Sale, Armure is out of a winning Listed-placed half sister to the Listed winners Affirmative Action and Gravitas. The second dam, Group One winner Brocade, is the dam of Group One winners Barathea and Gossamer, herself the dam of Ibn Khaldun.

Dalakhani, the sire of King George winner Conduit, is second behind Oasis Dream on the third crop sires' table, and a strong crop it is - the pair take high order on the general sires' list. Dalakhani now has 8 stakes winners in 2009, 10% of his 80 runners and 26% of his 31 winners.

Hungerford Stakes G2 - Balthazaar's Gift

Filed on 15 Aug 2009 @ 14:16


£100,000, Newbury, 8-15, 3yo/up, 7fT, 1:25.31, gd/fm.

1--BALTHAZAAR'S GIFT (IRE), 129, h, 6
Xaar (GB)--Thats Your Opinion (GB), by Last Tycoon (Ire)

Balthazaar's Gift is the sole winner to date out of the placed runner That's Your Opinion, a half sister to Listed winner Green Lady.

Darley sire Xaar has already surpassed his 2008 European earnings, with his 38 winners this year headed by Group Two winning juvenile Xtension, who, like Balthazaar's Gift, is trained by Clive Cox.

Geoffrey Freer Stakes G3 - Kite Wood

Filed on 15 Aug 2009 @ 13:45


£65,000, Newbury, 8-15, 3yo/up, 13f 61ydsT, 2:48.87, gd/fm.

1--KITE WOOD (IRE), 120, c, 3
Galileo (Ire)--Kite Mark (GB), by Mark of Esteem (Ire)

A 270,000 gns Tattersalls yearling, Kite Wood is a half-brother to the winners Daylami Dreams and Legislation and to the winning hurdler Prince Zafonic out of an unplaced half-sister to dual Group Two winner Madame Dubois, later the dam of Irish 2000 Guineas winner Indian Haven.

Galileo now has 16 European stakes winners this year, with Rip Van Winkle his sole Group One winner - he had 17 in 2008, whne he was champion sire. His 62 winners have come at a 37% strike rate and he is third behind Cape Cross and Danehill Dancer in the European sires' table.

Washington Singer Stakes L - Azmeel

Filed on 15 Aug 2009 @ 13:13

USK VALLEY STUD S. (registered as the Washington
Singer S.)-Listed

£30,000, Newbury, 8-15, 2yo, 7fT, 1:25.90, gd/fm.

1--AZMEEL (GB), 126, c, 2
Azamour (Ire)--Best Side (Ire), by King's Best

A €65,000 Goffs Million Sale yearling, Azmeel is the first foal out of the Listed-placed winner Best Side, herself out of a winning sister to Listed Sweet Solera Stakes winner Catwalk.

This is the first stakes win for freshman sire Azamour. The Gilltown Stud resident has three winners from only 14 runners in Europe to date. He had 34 yearlings sell last year for an average of £45,800, with a top price of 400,000 gns. The win is also a first stakes win for King's Best as a broodmare sire.

€900,000 half brother to Electrocutionist heads first session at Deauville

Filed on 15 Aug 2009 @ 08:39

Average rises 11% as Ferguson dominates first session at Arqana

The Arqana Deauville August Yearling Sale opened on Friday with an 11% increase in the average price from last year as a Storm Cat half brother to Dubai World Cup winner Electrocutionist topped early exchanges when selling to John Ferguson, who dominated the buyers' lists, for €900,000.

St Hugh's Fillies' Stakes L - Sand Vixen

Filed on 14 Aug 2009 @ 15:01


£30,000, Newbury, 8-14, 2yo, f, 5f 34ydsT, 1:01.62, gd/fm.

1--SAND VIXEN (GB), 124, f, 2
Dubawi (Ire)--Fur Will Fly (GB), by Petong (GB)

A 130,000 gns Tattersalls Craven-Breeze-Up Sale graduate, Sand Vixen is a half sister to Listed winner and Group-placed So Will I and two other winners out of a placed half sister to Belgian Listed winner Pumpkin.

This is the first stakes win for the Dubai Millennium sire line - the late sire has two sons at stud in freshman sire Dubawi and Echo Of Light. Dubawi heads the first crop sires' list with 14 winners. He had 12 two-year-olds sell this spring for an average of £57,800 (Sand Vixen being the second highest priced, with the once-raced Dubawi Junior fetching €280,000) and 57 yearlings sold last year for an average of £71,500.

Ballyroan Stakes G3 - Profound Beauty

Filed on 14 Aug 2009 @ 08:03


€62,000, Leopardstown, 8-13, 3yo/up, 1 1/2mT, 2:30.48, gd.

1--PROFOUND BEAUTY (IRE), 135, m, 5
Danehill--Diamond Trim (Ire), by Highest Honor (Fr)

A Moyglare Stud homebred, Profound Beauty is the first foal out of Listed winner Diamond Trim, herself a half sister to Irresistible Jewel, a Group Two and Group Three winner and second in the Group One Prix de l'Opera, and the Group-placed winner Legal Jousting, as well as three other winners.

The late Danehill has two stakes winners amongst his nine individual winners this season, acheived from just 30 runners. His sire sons have amassed almost £10 million in European earnings this year, £1.5 million more than Green Desert, the other main branch of the Danzig line.

Sovereign Stakes G3 - Mac Love

Filed on 13 Aug 2009 @ 15:34


£65,000, Salisbury, 8-13, 3yo/up, c/g, 1mT, 1:40.29, gd/fm.

1--MAC LOVE (GB), 129, g, 8
Cape Cross (Ire)--My Lass (GB), by Elmaamul

A 45,000 gns Tattersalls yearling, Mac Love is out of a winning and Listed-placed middle distance mare from the family of Bonne Ile and Ile de Nisky.

Cape Cross has eight stakes winners amongst his 83 individual winners this year. A narrow second to Danehill Dancer in the European sires' table, he holds a decisive lead as leading sire in Britain this year.