Arqanaonline.com’s 2017 sales season is set to start with a bang with the dam of 2016 Gr.3 Timeform Jury Stakes scorer HOME OF THE BRAVE going under the hammer, offered by Haras du Grand Chêne. The 10-year-old BLISSFUL BEAT, a daughter of Beat Hollow, was unraced herself but her first mating with Starspangledbanner lifted Hugo Palmer’s consistent sprinter, who also took the L. European Free Handicap as a juvenile and the L. King Richard III Stakes at three.
Home Of The Brave cost €80,000 at ARQANA’s August Yearling Sale when offered by Coulonces Consignment and his younger siblings have upped the ante: her 2013 colt by Dream Ahead commanded €250,000 from Peter & Ross Doyle at the same auction while her 2014 son of Excelebration sold for €180,000 to Rob Speers. Blissful Beat slipped to Dark Angel in 2015 but she has a filly foal by Haras de Bouquetôt’s exciting young sire Olympic Glory and is currently in foal to leading sire Le Havre on a March 30th service.
Le Havre was represented by no less than 14 black type horses in 2016, led by dual Classic victrix LA CRESSONNIERE, who extraordinarily emulated her paternal half-sister AVENIR CERTAIN in completing the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches-Prix de Diane double. The Haras de la Cauvinière resident saw his yearlings command up to €520,000 at the 2016 yearling sales and will be France’s most expensive sire this season with a covering fee of €60,000.
Anna Drion commented on the striking bay: “This mare has been wonderful to us. She was a mare I wanted to buy from the moment I saw her and her very first foal turned out to be the wonderful horse that is Home Of The Brave. She has everything you could ask for to make a top broodmare and is a tremendous walker. It breaks my heart to have to let her go but she will make someone else very happy!”
Conditions and proceedings
The sale will start at 3:00pm, Tuesday 17th January, to close the next day at the same time.
Registration is now open on www.arqanaonline.com, with photos, videos and full details on Blissful Beat available online.
Blissful Beat is available for inspection at Haras du Grand Chêne, by appointment to be made with Anna Drion on +33 676 74 94 74
Pregnancy certificate and sanitary documents are available upon request.