June 16, 2021

Historic top price for the February sale in Deauville

What suspense today in Deauville! Graciously made the history of the February sale, posting 500,000 euros, after a legendary showdown around the ring. Add to that the dispersion of the Farès and Moratalla workforce, and you get an intense day of sales on the Normandy coast, a day that broke records. We summarize the key points of the event!

History was written this Tuesday at the February mixed sale in Deauville! Indeed, a historic top price was established at 500,000 euros, when the hammer fell for Graciously, a daughter of Shamardal, sister of the champion Giofra. She was presented full of Invincible Spirit. An epic battle ensued around the filly, between Jean-Pierre Dubois, Anthony Stroud pour Godolphin, et Larissa Kneip of Haras de Saint-Arnoult. It must be said that at 370,000 euros in auction, the hammer was on the verge of ringing in the auction room, when suddenly Larissa Kneip entered the dance. It took him well, since she ended up winning the auction.

Larissa Kneip had a lot to do! She had the last word on Graciously, the historic top price of the February sale.


Lot 119, a very beautiful mare, wonderfully well born and full of Invincible Spirit

She was acting in the interests of Bernd Dietel and Horst Pudwill. These two Germans are co-owners of Dschingis Secret, a new stallion at the Saint-Arnoult stud farm, and Graciously, has just been added to his 2019 ballroom diary. This puts a great spotlight on the new career at the stud farm of the son of Soldier Hollow, which we recall, was horse of the year in Germany in 2017, with his victories in the Grosser Preis Von Berlin (Gr.1) and the Prix Foy (Gr.II). Its owners therefore believe a lot in their champion, it remains to be seen the product of the magical union that is looming. The affair is all the more beautiful as Graciously is full of the crack stallion Invincible Spirit, which raises 120,000 euros to the Irish National Stud. Whoever is born in Saint-Arnoult will certainly have the opportunity to reimburse part, or even more, of the 500,000 disbursed today for his mother. Indeed, Larissa Kneip confirmed to us that the product would go on sale.

Dschingis Secret after his great victory in the Prix Foy. Horst Pudwill (left), is fully behind his protégé (photo APRH)

The other event of the day was the dispersion of the Manneville workforce and Moratalla, and the results are very good for both! First of all, the Farès squad, under the banner of the Manneville stud farm, was sold for a total of 1,651,000 euros, the most expensive being the yearlings from fine stocks. Many horses have been bought by their trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, who did not hesitate, as you will see later, to spend substantial sums to remain the mentor of certain elements with promising pedigrees and models. These horses will be followed soon, under a different jacket than that of Issam Fares. On the Moratalla side, the results are also positive, with a good sale for Recover Me (see below), and several breeding products well received by brokers, who came in large numbers.

The beautiful Recover Me, sold 210,000 euros this February 12th. (photo APRH)

From a global point of view, this sale of February 2019 is for the moment a great success. Indeed, after the first day, 86.57% of the lots presented found takers, against 79.83% over the two days of 2018. If the trend continues, it will therefore be a successful event for Arqana. The average purchase price displayed is currently 222,572 euros, and the sale has already achieved a turnover much higher than that of the whole of the previous edition. This Tuesday, 5 horses passed the 100,000 euros mark, and 18 in all sold for over 70,000 euros. As much to tell you that there were beautiful people, and the Moratalla and Farès lots have a lot to do with it!

Behind Graciously, indisputable top-price, we find on the podium a student from each major breeding. Sold 210,000 euros to Michel Zerolo and Oceanic Bloodstock, Recover Me was before the coup a great prospect, whether for racing or breeding. The daughter of Fastnet Rock remained in 2018 on a fourth place in Listed, facing a more experienced and quality field. Only 4 years old, you might think that the gray will take the road to the United States, where Michel Zerolo has a lot of customers.

Bainoland, a two year one to follow with interest. (photo Zuzanna Lupa)

Another almost reached 200,000, close to 10,000 euros. This is the first product of the excellent Than Hope, this ofOasis Dream. The two-year-old filly, named Bainoland, is the top price for Manneville, and it was bought by his trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, for a buyer still unknown. In any case, we can not wait to see it in the race, because to generate such an auction, while it is unprecedented, it must have some under the hood!

Rather rare in February, two yearlings passed the 100,000 euro mark. They are two females from the Fares dispersal, who are cousins. The first is a girl at all good Camelot, daughter of Than Hope, which disbursed 160,000 euros to Eric Puerari. The same sum allowed Anna Sundstrom and High Valley Equine to acquire a yearling of Siyouni, daughter of Than Rock. So there was Baino everywhere this Tuesday on the Normandy coast!

We will also remember the purchase of Avenue, by its trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, for 80,000 euros, while it is unpublished. It will be one to follow, because like Bainoland, it must be esteemed.

Jean-Claude Rouget was very active around the Farès lots. We will quickly know for whom he bought these many lots.

Now let’s move on to the information heard in the bays. We were able to learn the future of two Moratalla students, Wilside and Become’s You, both purchased by Laurent Benoit and Broadhurst Agency, for 95,000 and 52,000 euros respectively. The first will go back to Channel Consignment, at Alban Chevalier Du Fau, and the second will join the Haras du Cadran.

As for Pacific Pride, from the family ofHawk Wing and crack girl Storm Cat, it was sold for 75,000 euros to Margaret O’Toole. According to him, the mare, full of Teofilo, will join Elwick Stud in England, stud where a certain Globalist is a stallion.

So much for this first day, and all the counters indicate that Arqana can draw a positive result. We are awaiting the continuation on February 13, to see if the trend is confirmed, even if this great success seems closely linked to the two dispersions of staff which were in the headlines.

Matidia, already well surrounded!

France Sire buys a broodmare!

As in November with our yearling, the France Sire team was one of the buyers, always at the same price of 6000 € and from the same seller, the Haras du Lieu des Champs (Richard Powell). This time it is a broodmare, or rather a future mother because this lot 36 Matidi, left training at the age of 6. Without having planned it, just like our first broodmare, Star of Gracie, the mother of Fransir Mottes, Matidia comes from Eastern European countries where she won the Oaks … from Budapest to Hungary! Winner of 4 races in total, this classic distance mare opened her record in England, at 3 years old over 2300 m in Windsor. Good girl Manduro, she presents a very solid German pedigree since her mother gave no less than 11 winners, including 2 black-type. But above all, Matidia, a powerful burnt chestnut, looks like her aunt in this way. Catella (by the same mother’s father Generous), who was a champion traveler at Andreas Wohler, winner and multiple placed in Gr.1. Matidia will of course settle inMottes stable and is promised to It’s Gino.

Philippe Bouaziz, the new owner of Haras de Bernesq

Philippe Bouaziz, the new owner of Haras de Bernesq

The Benillouche family stud farm, Bernesq, where a sale of 22 horses was organized on December 14, will experience a second life following its acquisition by a new investor, Philippe Bouaziz. The latter acquired all the land with the 100 hectares of land, the castle, the tracks, the stables and the stallion Hannouma. He has also recovered the workforce remaining on site, which he wishes to sell in order to put together a complete stable with broodmares and horses in training on site. We will come back in more detail very soon with an interview on his project. For now, he has already bought 3 hens, especially the 76 Out of Town, triple Listed placed by Kentucky Dynamite, and cousin of Mekhtaal, for 95,000 €.

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