Arqana’s revamped autumn sale at Deauville this week was highlighted by a Sharmardal yearling colt that made 72,000 euros.
The Shamardal sale-topper is the first foal out of the winning Oasis Dream mare Afya. Trainer Sylvain Vidal purchased him from Haras de la Perelle.
“He’s a really precocious looking two year-old type out of a good mare,” Vidal said. “The colt has two very good sires in his pedigree being out of an Oasis Dream mare which is even better. I thought he went for a reasonable price considering.”
Shamardal sired his latest Group 1 winner in the week leading up to the Arqana Sale when Zazou claimed the Premio Roma (2000m) at Capannelle. It was Zazou’s first win at the elite level after prior stakes wins at Krefeld, Cologne and Baden-Baden.
Darley resident Shamardal has sired 32 individual stakes winners and they have now won 60 stakes races.
Trade for the two-day sale, which was moved from its former site at Saint-Cloud, reached 5.19 million euros. Arqana reported 300 of 426 horses offered sold at an average of 17,325 euros.
Day 1 comprised a Horses in Training session and Day 2 was restricted to yearlings.
“The results are satisfactory for a third book of yearlings, particularly the clearance rate, which has improved compared to last year’s December yearling sale,” said Arqana president Eric Hoyeau.
“The synergy with the Horses in Training and yearlings has worked well,” Arqana president Eric Hoyeau said. “There would have been more potential if we had been able to offer a larger number of quality individuals with National Hunt profiles. We shall be working in this direction for next year.”