The 2017 Arc Sale was a highly international affair with the five highest-priced horses being headed for Australia, Qatar, America, Dubai and Hong Kong respectively. Overall, 25 of the 44 horses on offer sold (56%) for an aggregate of €5,978,500 and average price of €239,140.
Louis Le Métayer of Astute Bloodstock had to stretch to €900,000 to secure Andreas Wöhler’s German 2,000 Guineas scorer POETIC DREAM (lot 37) but was left raving about his latest purchase for David Hayes’ stable. “I used to work for David Hayes and regularly buy horses for him, he explained. This one was very much the horse of the sale for us – he is a magnificent horse, an exceptional athlete who ran a tremendous time in the German 2,000 Guineas. We are putting together a partnership of existing clients of Astute’s and David’s and will aim him at next year’s Cox Plate. He is lightly-raced and can stretch further, we think he has a bright future ahead of him.”
The Australian-based Frenchman was back for more later in the evening, signing at €450,000 for a stablemate of Poetic Dream’s who contributed to franking his Classic form. A consistent miler for the Wöhler stable, EMPIRE OF THE STAR (lot 56) ran 3rd in Poetic Dream’s German 2,000 Guineas and was placed three more times at Listed and Group 3 level in France this season, including a 2nd to Karar in the Gr.3 Prix du Pin last time out. He will now travel to Hong Kong after being knocked down for €450,000 to Le Métayer, who stated: “He is for a client of Richard Gibson’s. Physically and mentally he has the right type for Hong Kong and we think he will do very well there after a bit of a break.”
The buyers’ standings were dominated by Gérard Larrieu of Chantilly Bloodstock Agency, who signed for 5 lots for a total of €1.435 million on behalf of Qatari owner Khalifa bin Shael Al Kuwari. His shopping list was topped by the Aga Khan Studs’ DARBUZAN (lot 52), a champion stayer in the making for which he offered a closing bid of €630,000. A Listed winner for Mikel Delzangles when the catalogue was printed, the son of Zamindar went on to win the Group 3 Prix de Lutèce and ran 3rd in the Group 2 Qatar Prix Chaudenay hours before the sale. He will join REAL VALUE (lot 28) on a trip to Jassim Ghazali’s Qatar stable, after the German Group 3 winner was bought for €400,000 from the yard of Mario Hofer.
€500,000 Arc runner SILVERWAVE headed to Chad Brown’s barn
Chad Brown’s mighty team of top class turf runners will gain a significant additional inmate in Group 1 winner SILVERWAVE (lot 16) after Michel Zerolo signed the docket at €500,000 for the declared Arc runner.
The five-year-old has one of the most enviable track records over middle to Classic distances, having won the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud as well the Group 2 Prix Foy and Grand Prix de Chantilly. He will contest tomorrow’s feature race before shipping to America as Martin Schwartz explained. “I want to bring him to America and give him to Chad Brown and let him work his magic. We have a lot of mile and a quarter, mile and a half races where the talent isn’t that deep and he’s the best there is on turf in the United States so hopefully we’ll have good fortune”.
Minutes later, Schwartz added the recent Listed winner MISS MELBOURNE (Wild Card 20) to his haul for €370,000. The sculptural daughter of Kentucky Dynamite completed a hat-trick for trainer Antoine de Watrigant when winning the L. Prix Occitanie at Bordeaux, gaining a rating of 104. Martin Schwartz was not to be denied and offered €370,000 via agent Michel Zerolo and commented: “We feel very fortunate to get her at that level and hopefully we’ll have good fortune. I have the best turf trainer in the United States. He won his first two Grade Is with me, with Stacelita and Zagora, and I want him to keep remembering my name. Since he won the Eclipse award last year as the top trainer in America, I have to keep sending him stock to run, otherwise he’ll forget about us.”
Wertheimer et Frere’s €460K AFRICAN RIDE Dubai-bound
Wertheimer et Frère’s talented miler AFRICAN RIDE (lot 26) will target the Dubai Carnival after selling to Stroud Coleman for €460,000. The winner of the L. Prix Montenica on the all-weather this season and twice placed in Group 3 company for Carlos Laffon Parias, he is now rated 106. ARQANA’s Freddy Powell signed the docket on behalf of Anthony Stroud, who commented over the phone: “He is for an existing client and will be trained for the Dubai Carnival. He ticks all the boxes for this type of races and is by a sire who should do well there.”
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