The final day of the Autumn Sale, comprising 177 yearlings, reached its peak three lots from the end of proceedings when an athletic son of Authorized (lot 632) from the draft of Haras de la Pérelle walked through the ring. Out of a half-sister to leading sire MONSUN, hence closely related to dual Classic scorer BRAMETOT, the brown colt commanded a closing bid of €72,000 from Jean-Marie Callier who commented: “He is a very classy horse with all the right credentials to make a good horse over jumps, I have bought him on behalf of Bertrand Le Métayer and he will stay in France.”
Figures for the day proved very comparable to the same session a year ago with a 78% clearance rate and average price slightly up at €8,228, while a slightly reduced offering returned an aggregate of €1,136,500.
Con Marnane wasn’t going to let the sole lot by No Nay Never (lot 574) slip through the net and the pinhooker went to €52,000 for the son of Group 3 performer FOLLE ALLURE from the family of ANJAAL, DAME DU ROI and ALL THE ACES. The bay was offered by Haras des Capucines and will be aimed at a European breeze up sale next year.
The Autumn Sale has been a happy hunting ground for owner Steve Burggraf, who notably bought subsequent Prix Minerve runner-up HERMAPHRODITE for €27,000 at this session two years ago. He returned to the well through his advisor Laurent Benoit of Broadhurst Agency, paying €35,000 for a Dabirsim colt offered by Haras de Grandcamp (lot 502). The May foal hails from the family of CHORIST and BLESSED EVENT.
Eric Hoyeau commented on the 2018 renewal of the Autumn Sale “The yearling market has been undoubtedly selective, what has become a general feature of many an auction this season. Even at the very end of a session, as we have seen today, there is good money for the horses who fit the buyers’ criteria. However, these criteria tend to be as restrictive as ever and one can’t shy away from the fact that trade is more complicated in the lower tiers of the market. Monday saw a very international bench for the horses in training, from every corner of Europe to America, Australia, Northern Africa and China, which I think speaks positively of the appeal of the French racing industry. Breeders, trainers, agents – we must all get together to keep promoting our sport and upgrading our breeding industry as quality is more than ever the way forward.”