Arqana August Yearling sales in Deauville have just finished. Glorious blue skies, sun, exceptional horse racing provided an exceptional backdrop for a few days in the busy lives of the international horse elite, Breeders, Investors and Courtiers as they descended on Deauville. The Arqana well organised facilities for the stabling of the yearlings are excellent, with plenty of space to pace the animals so that they can be viewed by the prospective buyers..
The Arqana cumulative sales for the 3 days 2016 amount to 40.148.000. euros 6% less than 2015.
Average price 105.000. + 10.52% over 2015. 339 horses presented over 333 over 2015.
320.000. Euros were bid by Nicolas de Watrigant for Acclamation,presented by the Ecuries Monceaux, out of Wadjet. The horse was bought for an eminent Chinese client and will be trained by Jean Claude Rouget in France, and it is planned for the horse to race in France.
There has been a generation of international investors in the breeding of race horses and the increased prize money in the races & the investment in splendid race course facilities around the World.
The Arab investment in the race horse industry has been pivotal, so has the dedication of the late Magnate Jean Luc Lagardere, and His Highness the Prince Aga Khan.
At the death of Jean Luc Lagerdere his stud farms and race horses were bought by the Prince Aga Khan, whose Manager in France is the well known figure of M.Georges Rimaud.
The French breeding industry have invested in stallions to develop the breeding lines, including Intello, Dabirsim Penny’s Picnic. & Style Vendome. Recently the Aga Khan’s stud brought over a famous stallion from Australia for 2 seasons. Mares come to France from all over Europe to have their foals in France. Fiscal advantages are important in the European breeding industry with a difference between charges in Italy/France/England/Ireland. The mares that have yearlings this year include Siyouni, Kendargent, Le Havre which launches a new dynamic for the breeding of good race horses in France and for racing in Europe. France Galop that organises a lot of the horse racing in France is very supportive of the horse breeding industry. Madame Christiane Head-Maarek famous French Trainer & owner of the famous Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Champion Treve, is President of the Association of Entaineurs de Galop.
The French racing industry has clutch of World renowned Trainers, including the legendary Monsieur Andre Fabre, M.Jean-Claude Rouget, M. de Royer Dupre. One of the late Queen Mother’s trainers was Frenchman M. Francois Doumen.
France Galop that is responsible for the organisation of horse racing in France has a new, dynamic Director General who worked for 10 years at Aqana, Olivier Delloye. An important objective on his agenda will be the successful opening of the new Longchamps Grandstand in time for the Prix de l’Arc de Triumphe in October 2017.