More Than Ready colt tops Arqana yearling sale

The Arqana December yearling sale on Wednesday posted results well below those of the its four-day breeding stock sale earlier this week.

The yearling sale average of 6,250 euros dropped 15% from last year, whereas, the breeding stock sale average of 28,772 euros had increased 10% from the 2009 figure.  

Topping the one-day yearling sale at Deauville was a colt by Vinery shuttler More Than Ready.  He was purchased for 58,000 euros by Marc-Antoine Berghgracht of the MAB Agency.

The chestnut was consigned from Haras d’Omméel and is the first foal out of the Danehill Dancer mare Mary Montagu.  She is a half-sister to Andrew Balding’s stakes-placed Simenon and comes from the family of G2 Prix de Deauville winner Epistolaire.

“We have bought him to stay in France for a new association of foreign clients,” said Berghgracht.  “One of his attractions was his sire, and he is a great looking colt.”

A Dubawi filly out of Hennessy mare Plenty Of Action sold to Paul Basquin for 35,000 euros.  Her dam is a half sister to stakes winners Native Heir and A Lot Of Mary.