Shadai brothers dominate Aqana Sale

The Arqana December Sale got off to a flying start when Japanese brothers Teruya and Katsumi Yoshida dominated the top of the leader-board on Saturday.

Celimene (Dr Fong) sold for 800,000 euros to Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm.  She was a G3 winner of the Prix Penelope and Prix de Flore when trained by Carlos Lerner.  “She proved a very good filly and could race again before being bred,” agent Patrick Barbe said.  “She is a very good-looking filly from a well-bred family.”

Lune D’or (Green Tune) was sold to Katsumi Yoshida for 750,000 euros in foal to Galileo.  She was a G1 winner of the Premio Lydia Tesio in Italy and also notched a pair of French G2 victories in the Prix de Malleret and Prix de Pomone.

La Boum (Monsun) lived up to her name by creating some fireworks when also selling to Shadai for 700,000 euros.  The Robert Collet trained mare won the G3 Prix de Flore and G3 Prix Fille de l’Air.

Arqana reported the opening session average rose 22% to 62,106 euros.  The clearance rate was 84%.  “We are very pleased breeders have trusted the Deauville market and its capacity to attract the right buyers for quality fillies,” Arqana Chairman Eric Hoyeau said.  “We have also observed very good response from Japan and Australia, two great breeding countries who are looking more and more towards Europe.”

Australian based buyers purchased several lots led by Diyaraka who went to Rosemont Stud for 310,000 euros.  The Clodovil mare won at Longchamp and Saint-Cloud this year and she is a half-sister to the dam of G3 Geelong Cup winner Bauer (Halling).

1,000 euros = AUD 1,349