Glorious returns at Arc de Triomphe Sale

Haras de Saint Pair owner Andreas Putsch topped the Arqana Arc Sale on Saturday night with a 1.70 million euros bid for stakes winning filly Glorious Sight.

The Singspiel filly will run in the G1 Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp on Sunday.

Glorious Sight won the LR Prix Finlande at Longchamp in April and followed up with G1 placings in the French 1000 Guineas and French Oaks.

Oceanic Bloodstock’s Michel Zerolo bought the sale topper on behalf of Normandy based Haras de Saint Pair.  “She was obviously the horse of the sale so we didn’t want to miss out,” Zerolo commented.  “She could race on or be retired depending on how she runs on Sunday.”

Glorious Sight is one of seven winners from Longchamp G3 winner Zelding (Warning).  Second dam Zelda (Caerleon) is a half-sister to Last Tycoon.

Saint-Cloud Listed winner Limonar (Street Cry) was purchased by Terry Finley’s West Point Thoroughbreds for 580,000 euros.  She and has considerable residual value being out of a half-sister to Bachelor Duke (Miswaki).

Limonar was trained by Carlos Laffon-Parias as was Silver Pond (Act One) who sold for 510,000 euros.  The four-year-old colt was bought by Chantilly Bloodstock for Saeed Nasser al Romaithi.

Silver Pond was a G2 winner of the Grand Prix de Chantilly in June and will run in the Arc de Triomphe in the silks of his new owner before transferring to Freddy Head.

Despite the inevitable late withdrawals and numerous pass-ins, this year’s Arc Sale far outstripped its 2010 returns with the average jumping 51% to 218,862 euros.

Currency converter: 1,000 euros = AUD 1,384