First Frankel yearlings average €566,667 at Arqana
There was great excitement in Deauville ahead of the first Frankel yearlings to sell over the weekend, and they did not disappoint, with all six lots selling for an average of €566,667 (over £402,000).
The top priced yearling was lot 127 (pictured), a filly out of Platonic and half-sister to Gr.3 winner Pacifique. Consigned by Ecurie des Monceaux, she became the top priced filly of the session when selling to Charlie Gordon Watson for €1.15 million.
“This is one of the most active families in the catalogue,” commented Gordon Watson. “She is for a new client of mine and she will go into training with Ed Dunlop.”
Ecurie des Monceaux also consigned lot 125, a colt from the family of Sagamix, Sageburg and Sagacity, who was bought by Tony Nerses for €750,000.
Nerses said: “This is a lovely looking son of Frankel. I have seen many of his progeny and he produces different types of horses. I liked everything about this colt; the family, his attitude and his physique. I have bought him for Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, the owners of Authorized, and for the moment we will take him home before making any plans for his future.”
The third and final Frankel from Monceaux was lot 117, a colt out of Group 3 winner Noelani who sold to Willie Browne for €350,000. Henri Bozo of Ecurie des Monceaux commented: “I think the Frankels have a good mind and strength behind and also great walks, so [the prices] are what we were hoping to get and I’m happy with the results and I really hope they’ll be good performers.”
Lot 159, a filly out of Soignee and half-sister to multiple Grade/Group 1 winner Stacelita consigned by Haras des Capucines, sold to Oceanic Bloodstock on behalf of Andreas Putsch for €450,000.
Lot 165, a colt out of Straight Lass and half-brother to two-year-old Gr.1 winner Naaqoos consigned by Haras du Mezeray, was purchased by South Africa’s Mayfair Speculators and agent Peter Doyle for €400,000.
Lot 41, a colt out of Gr.2 winner Danceabout, was bought by Peter and Ross Doyle Bloodstock for Al Shaqab Racing for €300,000.