ARQANA AUGUST YEARLING SALE
17-19 August 2013
In the midst of all the euphoria around the international achievements of the progeny of the world’s greatest stallion, Galileo, it’s easy to forget that he resides at the top of a golden collection. The world, and especially Europe, is packed with burgeoning stallion talent, a good percentage of them located at Coolmore’s three international strongholds, Ireland, America and Australia. One horse though, who stands out in their stern opposition Darley’s ranks, is Dubawi, whose stock from his best years at stud are only becoming mature horses as we write; the degree of respect he commands in the minds of the buying public, was in stark evidence at France’s most prestigious Yearling vendue, Arqana’s August Sale this past weekend. With two of the top lots in the auction (including the sales-topper at €1.5 million (just on $2 million), he was bound to emerge as the leading sire in a sale which continues the startling upward trend of recent international auctions, averaging €212,893 (+-R2,767,000) up 34.9% on a year ago, while the median rose 28.6% to €185,000 (+-R2,405,000).
The combined transaction boosted further a great sale for Dubawi, who was responsible for one of the joint-top lots of the first session, a colt out of Mise (Ire) who sold for €1 million to Peter and Ross Doyle. The Darley stallion is the leading sire at Arqana with eight lots sold for an average of €579,375, holding off Oasis Dream (GB), whose two lots have averaged €510,000 and Galileo (Ire), who has had 10 yearlings through the ring for an average of €461,000. Those figures go some way to telling the story of what Arqana representative Freddy Powell labeled “an unbelievable sale.” Strong is hardly the word for it, as another 37 horses from the second session sold for six-figure sums in addition to the two for €1 million or more.
When there’s a Galileo yearling on offer, it’s not unusual to find the Coolmore team taking an interest, and this time around the Ecurie des Monceaux consigned filly, who is grey like her mother and damsire Linamix (Fr), was knocked down to MV Magnier. It goes without saying that a Galileo yearling will own a pretty top-drawer pedigree. Alpine Rose only four years ago won the G1 Prix Jean Romanet - the 2013 renewal of which was staged just a couple of hours before the second day of the sale commenced - and in her short time at stud she has made quite a name for herself. Last year’s sales topper, who made €1.2 million, was her first foal and now her second has also changed hands for a seven-figure sum. Bred by the Aga Khan, Alpine Rose’s two group victories both came after Ecurie des Monceaux gave €550,000 for her as a 3-year-old at the Arqana December Sale of 2008. Ecurie de Monceaux dominated last year’s August Sale when selling 24 yearlings for a total of €5,394,000, including the three most expensive lots, and it’s a similar tale this time around. At the end of day two, the consignment had raised €5,040,000 from 17 yearlings sold, including the first session’s joint-topper, the Galileo three-parts sister to Irish Oaks winner Chicquita (Ire) from the family of Summerhill resident, Golden Sword.
From a local perspective, most South African-raced Dubawis are sourced in the Southern Hemisphere, mainly at Australian sales; first as an unknown entity, and then as he stopped shuttling to Australia (remarkably, for a comparative lack of success “Down Under”), just a few of them have made their way to South Africa. They’ve not been short on class though, yielding two Group One winners, both for Sean Tarry, first in the form of Happy Archer and now with Willow Magic, a leading juvenile of the past season, and the winner of the S.A. Nursery (Gr.1) during the Champions Cup weekend in Johannesburg at the end of April. Willow Magic is an obvious stallion prospect for Satch Mathen (a long-standing Summerhill client, who’s assembling some decent mares in anticipation!) and his partners, who look to have a progressive type on their hands under the talented tutelage of this year’s Trainer’s Championship runner-up. Whatever lies ahead for Willow Magic, you can be sure he will be expertly managed, and it could just be a case of “rich pickings” for Satch and his mates.
|Lot #||Sex||Sire||Dam||Price €|
|5||colt||Oasis Dream||Mambo Light||620,000|
|Lot #||Sex||Sire||Dam||Price €|
|163||filly||Dubawi||Hit The Sky||1,500,000|