Auctions: yearling sales return to the good years

A very good vintage despite the health crisis. At the end of three days of sales in Deauville (Calvados), started on Saturday and closed on Monday evening, the results of the auctions of yearlings , carried out by the Arqana house, reached a turnover cumulative of 33, 2 million euros, down 8% compared to that achieved in 2019. But, underlines the CEO of the Artcurial subsidiary, Eric Hoyeau, “this is only the third time that the turnover has exceeded 33 million euros, and the number of horses awarded 200. 000 euros and more is the same as 638. »

Nothing was played, however, faced with the uncertainty of demand and the numerous restrictions linked to the health crisis. After a year 2020 marked by the Covid pandemic – 15 and staggered and reformatted events, these August sales, having returned to their original format, saw 324 yearlings, on a catalog of 355 foals and fillies. 76% of them were sold, for an average price of 162. 638 euros, down by 13% compared to 2019.

“Top price” to 2.4 million euros “No triumphalism but honorable results. The context was still uncertain when the catalog came out and it is a relief to see that this edition is in line with the August sales that we experienced previously, just behind the exceptional year that was 2019 ”, comments Eric Hoyeau. That year, the turnover was 40 million euros .

Sign that high-end demand was there this year, a “top price” even reached 2.4 million euros Sunday 15 August. Long awaited in the ring of the Elie de Brignac hall, the lot 76, daughter of Dubawi, sister of Babylon, winner of the Malleret prize (Group 2) at Paris-Longchamp, was at the origin of a long bidding battle, won by the broker Charles Gordon-Watson. The latter is ranked 3rd best buyer of these sales, behind Oliver St Lawrence and Godolphin Snc.

Presented by the Etreham stud farm, located near Bayeux (Calvados), the filly is part of of the second generation born and raised at the Voltaire stud farm, created by the founder of Zadig & Voltaire, Thierry Gillier, and located not far from Deauville.

In the end, for the 10 he consecutive year, the Monceaux stable (Calvados), led by Henri Bozo, took the lead in the ranking sellers, with 19 foals and fillies auctioned for a total turnover of 9 million euros. The second place goes to Haras d’Etreham, seller of 15 subjects, including the “top price”, for 5 millions. Finally, the Haras des Capucines (Orne) finished the podium with also 15 lots sold for 3 million euros of turnover.