With every year that passes, the Autumn Sale further confirms its place as one of the best sources of National Hunt performers, with names such as TZIGANE DU BERLAIS, the recent Velka Pardubicka winner, bought as a yearling by Chris Richner from Haras de Grandcamp, FARCLAS, BALKO DES FLOS, MIN, ARKALON, TRAFFIC FLUIDE, AGRAPART, ROI MAGE, YALA ENKI, EX FAN DES SIXTIES, MY WAY and several more all such examples. The sale has also produced several Group winners on the flat that have been bought as yearlings or in training such as CARZOFF, previously trained by Alain Couetil and now a Group 3 winner in Australia, as well as SUBWAY DANCER, and Stakes/Group horses HERMAPHRODITE, CASPIAN PRINCE, ZALAMEA, PALINODIE, LA FEVE etc.
The 2018 catalogue, now available online, is made up of 635 lots. The sale will start at 11am on Monday, November 19th for the horses-in-training; Tuesday, November 20th from 1pm for National Hunt youngsters (yearlings and two-year-old stores), while the flat-bred yearlings will go through from 11am on Wednesday, November 21st.
Guy Cherel reduction sale one of the headline acts
A total of 236 horses-in-training will go through the ring of which 35 from Guy Cherel as part of a reduction sale. Of note is the promising FOLATIERE (lot 184), a daughter of Al Namix and the winner of her first two starts over hurdles, as well as three-year-olds by Saint Des Saints, Martaline, No Risk At All, Network, Coastal Path, Diamond Boy, Kapgrade, Kap Rock, etc. that are mainly unraced.
Other National Hunt performers include:
PRESIDENTE LINE (lot 163), offered by Alain Couetil. A three-time winner on the flat, this four-year-old daughter of Martaline recently finished runner-up twice on both her National Hunt starts.
Three horses from Francois Nicolle with excellent potential:
BLUE BLUE EYES (lot 211), a three-year-old gelding by Sageburg with a rating of 42,5 on the flat that impressed on his winning debut over hurdles at Bordeaux.
FRANÇOIS (lot 224), a three-year-old gelding that won on his debut by more than three lengths over 3400m.
Recent Prix Dominique Sartini runner-up, the four-year-old HOT MOTIVE (lot 225) has also already won this season at Fontainebleau and Auteuil.
The most famous French silks on the flat will also be represented, with the Aga Khan Studs sending eight horses through the ring including the promising VADAVAR (lot 145), that recently made a winning start to his career over 2,000m at Chantilly, in addition to Group 3 placed DOUNYAPOUR (lot 146), that most recently posted an easy success over 2400m for Alain de Royer Dupre.
A further eight lots are catalogued from Wertheimer et Frère including the black-type performer MILK MAN (lot 158), a four-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy that finished third in the Grand Prix des Provinces (L.) on his latest start, as well as SAHELIAN (lot 159), a three-year-old gelding by Sea The Stars, that was also most recently placed at Listed level.
Of the other flat performers:
This year’s Prix Cor de Chasse scorer CHEIKELJACK (lot 106). Offered from Henri-Alex Pantall’s stable, this consistent five-year-old sprinter also finished third in the Prix Servanne this season.
The Andre Fabre trained LONDRES (lot 148), with a rating of 47, is Listed placed. This four-year-old by Sea The Stars finished third on his comeback behind Group winner SOLEIL MARIN.
National Hunt Day: 199 two-year-old stores and yearlings
A total of 42 two-year-old stores will open the day’s proceedings followed by 157 yearlings by sires such as AL NAMIX, BALKO, BATHYRHON, BLUE BRESIL, COASTAL PATH, COKORIKO, DOCTOR DINO, GEMIX, GENTLEWAVE, GREAT PRETENDER, KAMSIN, KAPGARDE, MARTALINE, MASKED MARVEL, MONTMARTRE, NOM DE D’LA, NETWORK, NO RISK AT ALL, POLIGLOTE, SADDLER MAKER, SAINT DES SAINTS, TURGEON, VISION D’ETAT, YEATS etc.
The yearlings of note include:
lot 303, a half-brother by Martaline to the talented jumpers RAJASTHAN and RASANGO, from Haras du Camp Benard.
lot 307, a half-brother by Martaline to ROI MAGE, from Haras de l’Hotellerie.
lot 312, a brother to Henry VIII Novices’ Chase SCEAU ROYAL, offered by Haras de la
lot 316, a half-brother to this season’s Prix Aguado winner PORTO POLLO, consigned by Haras de Fergand.
lot 320, a daughter of the late Poliglote, the first foal out of Listed placed SPEEDY BLUE GIRL, from Haras des Hautieres.
lot 322, a half-brother by Balko to Group 3 winner TZAR’S DANCER, offered from Haras de Maulepaire.
lot 329, the first foal by Martaline out of dual Listed winner TORNADA, from Haras de l’Hotellerie.
lot 330, a half-brother to the very talented TUNIS, from Haras de la Croix Sonnet.
lot 366, a half-sister by Khalkevi to dual Grade 1 winner WHISPER, also from Haras de la Croix
lot 385, a half-brother to OPTIMUS PRIME, the winner of the New York Turf Write Cup Handicap Hurdle this year, presented by HSV Agency.
lot 387, a half-sister by Martaline to dual Auteuil hurdle winner POLYGONA, offered by Haras des Goderelles.
lot 393, a half-brother by Papal Bull to this year’s Cheltenham Triumph Hurdle winner FARCLAS, from Haras du Hoguenet.
lot 401, a half-sister by Doctor Dino to LE MARTALIN, presented by Domaine de l’Etang.
lot 421, a daughter of Doctor Dino and the second foal out of Group winner LIBAUTE, consigned by Haras de Maulepaire.
lot 428, a half-sister by Martaline to IRISH SAINT, prevented by Haras des Marronniers.
The third and final day of the sale will see 200 flat-bred yearlings go under the hammer by sires such as ANODIN, CHARM SPIRIT, DABIRSIM, GUTAIFAN, KENDARGENT, LE HAVRE, NO NAY NEVER, PEDRO THE GREAT, STYLE VENDOME, WOOTTON BASSETT