Arqana February Begins On Monday
Following online trade at Tattersalls and Goffs during the past fortnight, winter mixed sale trade moves to Deauville on Monday and Tuesday, where horses in training, broodmares, fillies, 2-year-olds and short yearlings will be offered at a physical Arqana February sale with strict COVID safety protocols in place.
The catalogue includes offerings from the reduction of Haras du Mont-dit-Mont, and the dispersal of the late Fabrice Petit. Mont-dit-Mont brings 13 lots, including Akemi (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand GB) (lot 232), an 11-year-old listed winner who is the dam of the winning Mastercraftsman (Ire) colt Hurricane Bill (Ire) and who is in foal to Bated Breath (GB); and Riptide Wave (Ire) (Pivotal GB) (lot 328), a daughter of the stakes-winning Rock Me Baby (GB) (Rock Of Gibraltar Ire) in foal to Belardo (Ire). The 18 horses that Marc Pimbonnet will offer for the Petit reduction, meanwhile, include a 2-year-old colt from the first crop of Al Wukair (Ire) out of the listed-winning Medolina (Aragorn Ire) (lot 55).
Maiden fillies are always a popular attraction at Arqana’s breeding stock sales, and the February sale boasts some intriguing prospects. They include the 7-year-old Lady Paname (Fr) (Soldier Of Fortune Ire) (lot 160), who was a winner and multiple group placed in France for Elie Lellouche before being sold for €400,000 at Arqana December in 2017 and joining Chad Brown in the U.S., where she won the GIII Long Island S. the following autumn. Lady Paname was offered at Keeneland November last year but was bought back for $100,000.
The 5-year-old Jet Setteuse (Fr) (Makfi GB) (lot 315) was a dual winner at two and was three times stakes-placed in the subsequent two seasons, including a third behind subsequent Group 1 winner Watch Me (Fr) (Olympic Glory Ire) in the G3 Prix Imprudence. Jet Setteuse was last seen winning a seven furlongs conditions race at Dax last June.
The catalogue likewise features some attractive in-foal mares. Those include Quesnay’s Oh Beautiful (GB) (Galileo Ire) (lot 148), a 12-year-old listed winner who has produced three winners and is in foal to Shalaa (Ire). Oh Beautiful is a granddaughter of Rahaam, whose legacy includes Halfway To Heaven (GB) (Pivotal GB) and her Group 1-winning daughters Magical (Ire) (Galileo Ire) and Rhododendron (Ire) (Galileo Ire), as well as multiple Grade I winner Photo Call (Ire) (Galileo Ire) and her Group 2-winning half-brother Land Force (Ire) (No Nay Never), a young sire, and G1 Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter (Ire) (Teofilo Ire).
The winning 11-year-old mare Ingot Of Gold (GB) (Dubawi Ire) (lot 165) is offered in foal to Almanzor (Fr), while Leaf Blower (Hat Trick Jpn) (lot 238), a full-sister to multiple Grade III winner Tricky Escape, is carrying to another young stallion with his first runners this year, Caravaggio. The winning Pebbles Place (GB) (Oasis Dream GB) (lot 258), an 8-year-old full-sister to G2 Superlative S. third Maxi Boy (GB) (Oasis Dream GB) from the family of Group 1 winners Mandean (GB) (Manduro Ger), Wavering (GB) (Refuse To Bend Ire) and Earthlight (Ire) (Shamardal), is offered in foal to Phoenix Of Spain (Ire). Princess Isla (GB) (Frankel GB) (lot 309) is also carrying to a sire with his first foals due in 2021, the multiple Group 1-winning sprinter Ten Sovereigns (Ire). Princess Isla is a winning 5-year-old daughter of the multiple group placed Peinture Abstraite (GB) (Holy Roman Emperor Ire), a half-sister to the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, G1 Prix du Jockey Club and G1 Grand Prix de Paris scorer and sire Peintre Celebre (Nureyev) and his three stakes-winning siblings.
Another popular fixture of Arqana sales is the wildcards section, and this time around that features five offerings. The 3-year-old filly Otambura (Ire) (Kingman GB) (lot 150) is offered from the yard of trainer Christophe Ferland. Owned by Haras du Saubouas and Haras de Montaigu, Otambura has finished third in a pair of starts at Pau, going 1400 metres on Dec. 20 and going a mile on Jan. 30. She is out of the stakes-winning and G3 Prix Miesque second Kambura (Fr) (Literato Fr).
The progressive chaser Laskalin (Fr) (Martaline Fr) (lot 70) should be among the popular National Hunt offerings, the 6-year-old having been added to the sale last week. Laskalin’s 2021 form includes a win in the Listed Prix Bernard de Dufau over fences at Pau.
A share in Haras de la Tuilerie stallion Masked Marvel (GB) was also added to the sale last week as lot 170. Masked Marvel, the winner of the 2011 G1 St Leger, has made a favourable start to his stud career, his first crop including the Grade 2-placed hurdler Gars En Noir (Fr) and the black-type performer Pacha Senam (Fr).
The catalogue also includes nearly 100 horses in training on the flat and over jumps, as well as 69 yearlings and 28 2-year-olds by sires like Almanzor, Iffraaj (GB), Kendargent (Fr), Le Havre (Ire), Shalaa and Sioux Nation.