first session of the August yearling sale, held on Saturday 18 August, was the
object of some very interesting dynamics, with market indicators showing an
The turnover for the first day, not including private sales, was €9,119,000 a higher figure than last year, achieved with 17 less yearlings going through the ring.
The percentage of horses sold also showed an increase at more than 74%, while the mean sale price was €144,746, compared to €133,303 in 2011.
Through the evening, 15 yearlings were sold for more than €200,000 to 11 different buyers hailing from France, South Africa, Russia, Qatar, Japan, Macau and Ireland reflecting a great international range of investors.
It was lot 49 who created the fireworks and made the bidding go all the way to €1,100,000.
This exceptional price was paid for a filly consigned by Ecurie des Monceaux, by leading European sire Galileo out of the Listed winner Prudenzia whose half sister Pacifique had won the Prix de Lutèce (Gr.3) in the colours of Ecurie Skymarc Farm (Lady O'Reilly).
The bidding turned into a fascinating duel between young bloodstock agent Nicolas de Watrigant and Agence FIPS, headed by Hervé Bunel.
The latter eventually came out on top to sign for the filly.
He did not leave it at that, going on to buy another offering from Ecurie des Monceaux for €200,000 -- lot 34, a colt from a cross between superstar Sea The Stars and the dual Listed winner Navajo Moon.
The next lot (35) also went his way after a final bid of €220,000.
This attractive son of Raven's Pass, who had defeated American Champion Racehorse Curlin in the Breeders' Cup Classic (Gr.1), was presented by Haras des Capucines and can boast being a half brother to US Group 1 winner Mast Track.
In the same vein as Agence FIPS, South African investor Jehan Malherbe (Form Bloodstock) bought three yearlings including lot 20, a colt who cost the tidy sum of €450,000.
This colt is by Dubawi out of in the Group 3 winner Marine Bleue whose pedigree had also been the object of a nice update with his half sister, Marina Piccola taking a Listed race at Longchamp in July.
Sometime later in the evening, another yearling by Champion Racehorse Sea The Stars had really caught the eye of potential buyers having made the trip to Deauville.
This filly, who went through as lot 48, is none other than the half sister to extraordinary miler Canford Cliffs, winner of no less than 5 Group 1 races.
Consigned by Ballylinch Stud, she was bought by French bloodstock agent Emmanuel de Séroux under his Narvick International banner, for the sum of €360,000.
Obviously keen on these first yearlings by Sea The Stars, this same buyer also made a successful bid for lot 23 at €170,000 for a half sister to the Pretty Polly Stakes (Gr.1) placed Beach Bunny, consigned by Haras d'Etreham.
Ecurie des Monceaux, leading the vendor after this evening session with a turnover €2,030,000 for six yearlings sold, was once again in the limelight thanks to lot 32, a third yearling by the inimitable Galileo and triple Group 2 winner Naissance Royale.
It was Badgers Bloodstock, headed by Grant Pritchard Gordon, who made the successful final bid of €350,000 for this colt on behalf of a Russian client.
English consignor Newsells Park Stud also had a very nice touch with the sale of lot 73, a colt by Medicean from the incredible Lagardère family of Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Sagamix as well as Sage Et Jolie, Sagacity and Sageburg.
This colt changed hands for €320,000 and went to Australian buyer Paul Fudge (Waratah Thoroughbreds) advised by Michael Goodbody, who had bought the top price at this sale last year, a daughter of Galileo and Sanjida consigned by Haras de la Perelle, sold for the record price of €1,700,000.
Not long after, Nicolas de Watrigant (Mandore International Agency) had to go to €320,000 to get his hands on lot 79.
Consigned by Haras d'Etreham, this son of the much missed Montjeu is a second foal out of the Group 3 placed Sky High Flyer.
He will now belong to Cheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani (Qatar), an increasingly familiar owner on the French racing scene.