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Parvanah Tops Arqana December

Lydia Symonds | 05.12.2016


A Group Two-winning daughter of Aquis Farm shuttler Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill), Parvaneh, topped the opening day of the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale on Saturday when purchased for €1,000,000 by bloodstock agent James Delahooke.

Catalogued as Lot 178, the three-year-old filly has raced nine times for two wins and two placings after being purchased for €175,000 at the Arqana Saint Cloud Breeze Up Sale in 2015.

“I have bought her on behalf of American owner Pursuit Of Racing and she will be covered next year,” said Delahooke.

“She was obviously a tremendous racehorse and is a prized addition to any broodmare band.”

The filly is out of the winning mare College Fund Girl (Khayasi) making her a sister to the Group Three-placed colt Mehdi (Holy Roman Emperor). Her second dam is Pearl Kite (Silver Hawk), the dam of nine winners including multiple Group winner Nayir (Indian Ridge) as well as fellow Group winners Sky Hunter (Motivator) and Highest (Selkirk).

Rosemont Add To European Purchases
Rosemont purchased four lots in Deauville on Saturday, adding to their recent purchases at the Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale and last week’s Tattersalls December Mare Sale.

“We love the Arqana sale,” Anthony Mithen told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday.

“It’s probably my favourite breeding stock sale of the year given the quality of horses, quality of hospitality and quality of wine. It’s got the lot.

“Unfortunately I couldn’t go myself this year but great mates of ours and clients Ed and Libby McKeon were able to go up and get the job done and what a job Ed did for us.

“He was a bloodstock agent back in the 70s and 80s who actually bought Manikato as a yearling and he’s loved getting back amongst it.

“To be able to tap into some great families again and buy half-sisters to Group One horses and champions was amazing buying.”

The most expensive of Rosemont Stud’s four purchases was Lot 196, who they purchased for €130,000.  

Sold in foal to Darley shuttler Teofilo (Galileo), Clarify (Zamindar) is out of the Group One-placed mare Bright And Clear (Danehill) making her a half-sister to the now Lee and Anthony Freedman-trained Group Two winner Exospheric (Beat Hollow).

A five-year-old, Clarify was unraced and has a foal by Camelot (Montjeu).

Earlier in the day Rosemont Stud purchased Pivotal (Polar Falcon) mare Noblest for €125,000. Catalogued as Lot 62, the winner is a sister to dual Group One-winning filly Peeress (Pivotal) and she was sold in foal to Bated Breath (Dansili).

“He’s also picked us up a graded stakes placed Redoute’s Choice mare with a lovely pregnancy as well for not a lot of money. Certainly not nearly as much as you would need to pay in Australia,” continued Mithen.

Catalogued as Lot 34, Rosemont Stud paid €48,000 for Australian-bred Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) mare Rezyana. A three-time winner Rezyana was Group Three placed in Australia and is a daughter of the stakes-winning mare Lady’s Delight (Local Talent).

Rezyana was sold in foal to Night Of Thunder (Dubawi) with her weanling filly by Sea The Stars (Cape Cross) having sold for €80,000 at last year’s Goffs November Foal Sale.

The fourth of their purchases on Saturday was Lot 73 who cost €32,000.

An eight-year-old mare Pirogue Bleue (Peintre Celebre) was unraced and is out of the winning mare Poughkeepsie (Sadler’s Wells) with this being the family of Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) winner Protectionist (Monsun).  

“We are delighted with the range of mares we’ve picked up and look forward to the process of foaling them down in Europe and then getting the mares back to the Southern Hemisphere to be covered by the stallions at the farm and also those we have shares in.

“It will be a really exciting next 24 months.”

Woodside Park Return
The Woodside Park team have returned to Deauville this year and on Saturday purchased four lots, through Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock, which will be brought back to Australia.  

Woodside Park purchased at the sale three years ago and have been pleased with the first foals bred out of those mares.

“We bought a few mares here going back three years ago now and the first foals out of those mares are now yearlings and they are selling at the Gold Coast and the other yearling sales in 2017 and they are some of our best yearlings,” Woodside Park’s Matt Tillett told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday.  

“The mares that we bought back then have really improved since getting home and thrown some really nice yearlings so we knew the types that we were looking for here.”

Tillett said that the neater horses which are available to buy here are suited to their resident sires.

“The horses here are often a bit leaner and neater than the horses back in Australia and we are lucky that we have a couple of big strong stallions. We know that we can buy a smaller filly, with a bit of black type from an amazing European family over here and then cover them to hopefully produce a big strong yearling back home,” continued Tillett.

“Hopefully our first project will be a success when we sell the first yearlings next year.”

Three years ago the operation purchased Listed winner Snow Bell (Kendargent) for €65,000. The mare’s first foal, a colt by Zoustar (Northern Meteor) is catalogued as Lot 467 at next month’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

On Saturday they bought another filly by Kendargent (Kendor) for €100,000. Catalogued as Lot 105 from the draft of Wertheimer & Frere, the three-year-old has won once and is out of the Listed winner Soldera (Polish Numbers) while her third dam is Fanfreluche (Northern Dancer).

“The Kendargent filly we bought off the Wertheimer’s who arguably have some of the best pedigrees in the world. We just wanted to buy into one of their families.

“We wanted to get another mare by the stallion and she was the pick of them for us at the sale. She’s from the great Fanfreluche family, which we know so well in Australia and we were just delighted to buy her.”

Kendargent stands at Haras de Colleville where his 2017 fee has been set at €22,000.

Woodside Park also purchased two lots from the Aga Khan Studs on Saturday. They paid €35,000 for Siyouni (Pivotal) filly Sarzameen who was offered as Lot 89.

Unraced, Sarzameen is a half-sister to the Group winner Sarkiyla (Oasis Dream) and one other winner.

Woodside Park also purchased Sea The Stars (Cape Cross) filly Albaiyda after she had been withdrawn from the sale earlier in the week.

Originally catalogued as Lot 154, the filly has been placed twice and is a daughter of the Listed winner Alnamara (Linamix), making her a half-sister to the Group Three winenr Alnadana (Danehill Dancer) with this also being the family of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Sakhee (Bahri) as well as Group One winning sire Mastercraftsman (Danehill Dancer).

“We bought two mares off the Aga Khan yesterday (Saturday). He has arguably the best broodmare band in the world and to buy two mares from his families that have been built up over generations is fantastic and we’re looking forward to having those mares on our farm.”

Mills Also Buys
Sheamus Mills, on behalf of Highgrove Stud, purchased for €85,000 Lot 14, Museo a daughter of Teofilo (Galileo).

The filly is out of the Listed winning Pennekamp (Bering) mare Historian making her a half-sister to the German Listed-winner Carpathian (Elusive City). The filly’s second dam is the Grade One-winning mare Helen Street (Troy) and she is the dam of the late Darley stallion Street Cry (Machiavellian).

“Ron Gilbert has had quite a bit of luck with the family. He’s got Tears I Cry down in Australia and he bred a nice horse called Thronum, who’s a colt owned by Sun International so a potential future stallion,” Mills told ANZ Bloodstock yesterday. “Her pedigree includes Street Cry and Shamardal two giants of breeding and Ron is the sort of guy that likes breeding Easter colts to become potential stallions and he was very keen to get her.”

Fellow Australian agent Neil Jenkinson, on behalf of Element Hill, went to €220,000 on Saturday to secure Lot 72, Chortle (Dubawi). Consigned by Godolphin the five-year-old mare was sold in foal to Darley shuttler Exceed And Excel (Danehill).

A winner, Chortle is out of Portmanteau (Barathea) making her a sister to the multiple Group One winner Hunter’s Light (Dubawi) as well as the stakes-placed Linda Radlett (Manduro). This is also the family of Darshaan (Shirley Heights) as well as Group One winners Dar Re Mi (Singspiel) and Rewilding (Tiger Hill).

With 24 fewer lots going under the hammer than 12 months ago, the figures from the first day’s trade showed increases all around with the exception of the aggregate of €14,518,000, down just over five per cent from last year.

Day One ended with a clearance rate of just over 80 per cent, while the average was €109,158 (up five per cent), and a median of €70,000 (up by €1,000).

The 11 fillies and mares sold by the Wertheimer Brothers made them the day’s leading vendors for a total of €2,197,000.


Sale Statistics – Day One
Catalogued: 199 (-8.3%) 217
Offered:   165 (-13%) 189
Sold: 133 (81%) 148 (78%)  
Aggregate: €14,531,000 (-5.3%) €15,349,000
Average: €109,256 (+5.3%) €103,709
Median: €70,000 €69,000
Top Lot: €1,000,000 €900,000

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