Yes, all eyes will be on the annual Deauville Select Sale moving forward to Wednesday 9 September, and running to Friday 11, in order to avoid a clash with the Tattersalls Ascot Yearling Sale.
“Arqana and Tattersalls have agreed that cooperation is paramount amid the current crisis,” said Eric Hoyeau of Arqana, “and to make attendance at our sales compatible for vendors and buyers alike.”
“A year when racing and sales calendars worldwide have been affected by recurrent changes due to the global COVID, and such a restricted time period to stage all American and European yearling sales.”
Again Eric Hoyeau and Arqana have assembled the cream of the French and European thoroughbred world ‘with over 50 vendors represented in the catalogue this year.’
‘Here some of the those which have driven the success of the Deauville sales, and the very custodians of French savoir-faire, have their say.’
In recently producing Gr1 globetrotter Magic Wand, Prix du Jockey-Club winner Sottasass and Breeders Cup Turf heroine Uni, this sale has a colt by Triple Crown hero American Pharoah.
This sale has the progeny of 98 stallions including Galileo, Dubawi, Frankel, Sea The Stars, Wootton Bassett, Lope de Vega, Camelot, Kingman, Le Havre, plus Churchill, Ribchester and Carravaggio.
However, one cannot bypass the three-times French based Champion Sire Siyouni, who in siring the classic winners Dream And Do, Sottsass and Laurens has his yearling selling up to 1.3mGns at auction.
Again, all the top breeders have supported Siyouni with each of his 27 catalogued lots having extended stakes winning female family’s, and all with Breeders’ Cup nominations.
In viewing Siyouni’s offering one will certainly be looking at Lot 2, a late March foaled filly and a half-sister to German 2000 Guineas winner Poetic Dream.
Consigned by Haras des Capucines, she is from the Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Zain Al Boldan, who is half-sister Gr3 winning sire Svedov, from the stakes winning mare Carla.
Day 2 can give us further Group 1 glory with Ecurie des Monceaux having a half-sister to Prix Jean Prat winner Intellogent, from Nuit Polaire, the immediate family of Preis von Europa winner Nightflower.
Also from Ecurie de Monceaux is a late March filly from the stakes winning mare Polygreen, and a half-sister to Prix Maurice de Gheest winner Polydream, Big Brothers Pride and Evaporation.
Again, Deauville is gifted with quality lots from Group 1 winning mare with Siyouni having an April colt later on Day 3, being from the EP Taylor Stakes winner Raggane, consigned by Haras de la Perelle.
Those looking at first season sires will certainly be impressed with the March colt of US Champion Arrogate, being the first foal of Gr3 placed winner Kenriya, the family of Gr1 sire Cherry Mix.
Haras d’Etreham have certainly given their European Champion Almanzor every chance to succeed with his March colt half-brother to Breeders Cup Mile heroine Uni looking to top the sale as Lot 274.
Two impressive Almanzor colts from Ecurie des Monceaux include a half-brother to duel Gr1 winning sire Coil and Hollywood Derby winner Chiropractor, being from the winning Theatrical mare Eversmile.
In addition, there is a March foaled half-brother to triple Gr1 winner Miss Temple City and Gr3 winner Pricedtoperfection, from the stakes placed winning mare Glittering Tax, by Artax.
Australian’s should not go past Lot 315 a Dream Ahead half-sister to Pappalino, who has just joined trainer Archie Alexander in Ballarat. A close relation is Lot 37, a February filly by Churchill.
As President of Au-Dela des Pistes, Aliette Forien is certainly looking at the big picture ‘for the future of our horses’ in nominating the new Restaurant as important to the success of the Arqana Select Sale.
“A lot of business is done there. It’s a big success,” said Aliette. “It has become the focal point of the sales and we meet there for breakfast, lunch or a drink.”
“This particular sales set-up has a charm of its own. It’s in harmony with the ambiance of Deauville where everybody is happy to be here and to buy horses of course.”