The withdrawal of a number of high profile lots didn’t augur well prior to the start of the October 3rd sale. However, when it was all done and dusted, the indicators which mattered were in a good place despite several buy backs at the high end of the market. The percentage of lots sold increased 6% to 74%. The € 28.204 average price was also up (+5,81%) and there was an upswing in turnover which reached € 2.284.500 (+7,13%). After a year of decline, the sale organised jointly by Arqana and Afac took an upward turn. Despite these positive signs, it shouldn’t serve to mask the difficulties experienced in certain sectors of the market and breeding stock is a case in point, although the very strong demand for horses-in-training has been evident all year. However, the two-year-old market again saw its average dip. Having reached € 32.406 in 2017 before, it fell to € 24.547 and € 21.045 € in 2018 and 2019 respectively. On the other hand, the market for young horses has proved to be remarkably buoyant.

Lots Sold (%) Turnover  Average Median 
2019 110 81 (73.64%) € 2,285,500 € (+5.81%) € 28,204 (+7.13%) 21
2018 119 80 (67.23%) € 2,132,500 € € 26,66 18

Nicolas de Watrigant signed the docket after paying the top price of € 240,000 for a yearling consigned by Yann Creff. In common with past trends, Gérard Larrieu again made his buying presence felt after acquiring six lots. Three of these fetched € 50,000 or more. The Haras de Saint-Faust was the top vendor after their 13-strong consignment made € 337,000.

# Buyers Lots Average Total spend
1. Lucie Loevenbruck (M7 Stables) 11 € 24,73 € 272,00
2. Al Shaqab Racing 1 € 240,000 € 240,00
3. Chantilly Bloodstock Agency 6 € 39,83 € 239,00
4. Debbie Mountain 2 € 107,50 € 215,00
5. Khalifa Al Attiyah 3 € 51,00 € 153,00
# Lots Average Total 
1 Haras de Saint-Faust 13 € 25,92 € 337,00
2. Haras de Mandore 4 € 63,75 € 255,00
3. Yann Creff 1 € 240,00 € 240,00
4. Philippe Sogorb 2 € 97,00 € 194,00
5. Haras du Grand Courgeon 8 € 20,63 € 165,00

Al Shaqab secure the brother of Mister Ginoux and Lady Princess

#87      NAHAAB (M1)

            Mahabb ex Nacree Al Maury (Kesberoy) € 240,000

            Buyer: Al Shaqab Racing

            Vendor: Yann Creff

            Breeders: E.A.R.L. du Champ Gignoux & Élodie Bellaud

In his capacity as President of the Qatari Olympic Committee, His Excellency Sheikh Joaan Al Thani was unavoidably detained at Doha where the World Athletics Championships were in full swing. Consequently, he was forced to monitor the sale of lot 87 from afar. Nicolas de Watrigant, acting on behalf of Al Shaqab Racing, secured this very elegant chestnut after bringing down the hammer at € 240,000. The bloodstock agent said: "It’s a harping back somewhat to the past as in 2012 I acquired the brother [editor's note: for € 160,000].  Christened Mister Ginoux (Amer), he went on to develop into the super performer which we all know. Lady Princess (General), his sister, has already triumphed at Gr1 PA level and a further win at the top level could be on the cards. The dam Nacrée Al Maury (Kesberoy) is above reproach. A splendid colt, he struts around like a lord and hails from a remarkable breeding academy, and namely that of Monsieur Bellaud. Sheikh Joaan Al Thani was determined to get his man at all costs. It’s important to be able to secure such a horse as the prospects of him standing as a stallion are considerable. His pedigree is exceptional and particularly as it is devoid of the blood of Amer. This makes him an interesting proposition when it eventually comes to breeding him to the current crop of mares. He was the star turn of the sale."

An exceptional pedigree. Nahaab was bred by Élodie and Bruno Bellaud. Nacrée Al Maury (Kesberoy), the dam won the Prix Damas

(Gr3 PA). Her first product, the Al Shaqab sire Mister Ginoux (Amer), currently stands at the Haras de Thouars. A five times winner, he took the Qatar International Trophy (Gr1 PA), the Derby des Pur-Sang Arabes de 4ans (Gr2 PA), beating Gazwan (Amer) no less, and the French Arabian Breeders' Challenge at Toulouse (Gr3 PA). Nacrée Al Maury went on to generate Lady Princess (General). An impressive winner of the Al Rayyan Cup - Prix Kesberoy (Gr1 PA), she also made her mark in the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches (Gr1 PA). Nectarine Al Maury (Baroud III), the grandam, generated No Risk Al Maury (Kesberoy), a ten times Group PA winner and current successful ‘Shadwell sire’, he is based at the Haras de Saint-Faust. Nectarine Al Maury is also the grandam of No Problem Al Maury (Dormane), the winner of the Al

Maktoum Challenge Round 1 and of the International Malazgirt Trophy (Gr1s PA).

Debbie Mountain snares Minstrel

#113    MINSTREL (M3)

            Majd Al Arab ex Colette (Dormane) € 240,000

            Buyer: Debbie Mountain

            Vendor: Philippe Sogorb

            Breeder:  The Niarchos Family

Debbie Mountain is a more familiar presence in the world of English thoroughbreds. She sourced Full Moon (Declaration Of War), the winner of the Qatar Derby (Gr1 local), for owner Abdullah Hassan Ali Abdulmalik. Doha-based, she is currently entrusted with the task of strengthening the PA ‘wing’ of her main client. After going to € 240,000, she had the final say as regards securing Minstrel (Majd Al Arab). After running fourth in the ’Al Rayyan Cup - Prix Kesberoy (Gr1 PA), the latter went on to score at Mont-de-Marsan. She said of the Niarchos family-bred runner consigned by Philippe Sogorb:  « We have a very solid group of English thoroughbred performers at our disposal, but we are also planning on developing the PA side. Our Qatari breeding operation is in an embryonic stage. However, the ‘boss’ is intent on winning races in the PA sector and the colt was the best horse in the sale! We paid over the odds for him but he was on the shopping list of the top Qatari trainers. He is due to leave for Doha shortly. Acquiring a horse from the top owner-breeder operation such as the ‘Niarchos’ family, is always a special. » feeling. The dam is a full sister to three classy performers: the French Arabian Breeders' Cup Mile (Gr1 PA) second Tandor (Dormane), the Prix Kesberoy (Gr1 PA) third Cobalto (Dormane), and Xavier (Dormane). The latter took minor honours in the Prix Tidjani (Gr3 PA).

Al Jeryan Stud secure the sister of Radames

#71      MALHAIKA (F7)

            Nizam ex Djesabelle (Dormane)                 € 95,000

            Buyer: Khalifa Al Attiyah

            Vendor: Haras de Mandore

            Breeder: Haras de Mandore

In-foal to Al Mourtajez (Dahess), Malhaika (Nizam) stopped the bidding at € 95,000. After Nicolas de Watrigant signed the docket, it transpired that she had been acquired by Khalifa Al Attiyah for the Qatari concern, the Al Jeryan Stud. The dam of the mare has yielded four class acts: the Za'abeel Stakes (Gr1 PA) winning Radames (Kerbella), the Prix Dormane (Gr3 PA) heroine Nerbah (Nizam), the dual Russian Gr1 victor Memoralia (Munjiz) and Mar'Reb (Kerbella). The latter was third in the Prix Chéri Bibi (Gr2 PA). Cherifa (Chéri Bibi), the great grandam, proved successful in the Dubai Stakes and the Coupe du Cheval Arabe (Gr1s PA). She was also the source of twenty future black type performers, including Mushrae (Arabian World Cup & Arabian Trophy des Poulains, Gr1s PA). This is the renowned line of the de Watrigant breeding academy, and one which has yielded the highly influential sires Dormane (Manganate) and Manganate (Saint Laurent).

Gérard Larrieu continues to make his presence felt in the horses-in-training sector

#110    SHAMAYEL (F3)

            Af Albahar ex Melusinne (Akbar)             € 66,000

            Buyer: Chantilly Bloodstock Agency

            Vendor: Mrs Jean-François Bernard

            Breeder: Mubarak Al Naem

Gérard Larrieu made six acquisitions at the sale and three of them fetched € 50,000 or more, and the Chantilly Bloodstock supremo signed the docket after bidding € 66,000 for Shamayel (Af Albahar). The winner of her only start to date, the filly landed the Prix Dragonne at Castéra-Verduzan in the colours of Mohamed Fahad Al-Attiyah. Although she will now race in the silks of Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari.  A daughter of the Haras de Thouars sire Af Albahar (Amer), she is out of a mare who has yielded three quality performers, including Hakeemat Muscat (Akim de Ducor), successful in the Arabian Triple Crown Round 3 (Gr3 PA) at Abu Dhabi.

The filly was bred by Mubarak Al Naemi whose English thoroughbred breeding operation is based at the Kilfrush Stud, Ireland. However, he boards his PA mares at the Haras de Thouars in France. He is the breeder of Bint Jakkarta (Af Albahar), the Al Rayyan Cup (Gr1 PA) winner, and Spinning Memories (Arcano). The latter created a big impression in the Prix de Meautry Barrière (Gr3) at Deauville during the summer.     

The full brother of R’Ezala goes to Saad Suhail Bahwan Al Mukhaini

#28      SHAARAF (M2)

            Nizam ex Cherazade (Dormane)    € 65,000

            Buyer: Nicolas de Watrigant (agent) acting for Saad Suhail Bahwan Al Mukhaini

            Vendor/breeder: Haras de Mandore

Nicolas de Watrigant, acting on behalf of the Omani owner Saad Suhail Bahwan Al Mukhaini, made the deal clinching bid of € 65,000 for Shaaraf (Nizam). A graduate of the Haras de Mandore, the juvenile colt is a full brother to the Hatta International Stakes (Gr1 PA) second R'Ezala (Nizam). The dam, Cherazade (Dormane,) was a dual winner of the French Arabian Breeders' Cup Classic. At stud she has generated four black type class performers, including Munzade (Munjiz), the Al Rayyan Cup (Gr1 PA) third, and Cheker (Kerbella)… Cherifa (Chéri Bibi), the grandam, made her mark in the Dubai Stakes and the Coupe du Cheval Arabe (Gr1s PA). No less than twenty of her descendants have gone to gain black type, and chief amongst them are Mushrae (Arabian World Cup & Arabian Trophy des Poulains, Gr1s PA) and Djebbel (Djelfor). The latter won eleven races including two editions apiece of The Emir’s Cup (Doha) and the Prix du Président des UAE at Chantilly.

Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari snaps up the full sister of Djet Taouy

#103    AYA TAOUY (F3)

            Dahess ex Win Taouy (Drug)         € 63,000

            Buyer: Chantilly Bloodstock Agency

            Vendor: Charles Gourdain

            Breeder: Manuela Daverio-Scharfenberg

Sold for € 63,000 complete with an entry in the Arabian Trophy des Pouliches (Gr1 PA, Aya Taouy (Dahess) did actually contest the latter race for the owner-trainer combination of Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari and Charles Gourdain. She’s a daughter of Dahess (Amer), the Al Shaqab sire, based at the Haras de Thouars, Win Taouy (Drug), the dam, has foaled four black type performers by as many different stallions. They include Ameretto (Amer), a quintuple winner at Gr3 PA level, and the prolific Djet Taouy (Dahess). A triple Gr1 PA winner, the latter’s roll of honour comprised the Coupe d'Europe des Chevaux Arabes after accounting for Djainka des Forges (Kerbella) and Mushrae (Munjiz); the UK Arabian Derby after mastering Muntasar (Majd Al Arab); plus the Dubai International Stakes (Gr1s PA) at the main expense of Rathowan (Amer) and Mkeefa (Amer). Gérard Larrieu has made a number of quality acquisitions for Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari such as Lady Princess (Al Rayyan Cup - Prix Kesberoy & Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches, Gr1s PA), Easter de Faust (Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches, Gr1 PA), Caïd de l'Ardus (Majd Al Arab P/A Sprinter Championship, Gr3 PA) and Spaghetti (third in the Qatar Derby, Gr2 PA)…

Lwsail: the new stallion acquisition of Mohamed Mezghani

#55      LWSAIL (M6)

            Amer ex Kerra (Kesberoy) € 62,000

            Buyer: Paul Nataf

            Vendor: The Channel Consignment

            Breeder: H.E. Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani

During the course of the 1996 season, Amer (Wafi) tasted defeat at the hands of the exceptional French mare Kerra (Kesberoy) over 2,000m at Kempton. Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani decided that a further meeting between the pair was called for in the breeding shed, and the resulting union produced Lwsail (Amer). Trained by Thomas Fourcy, the latter came up trumps in The Za'abeel International Stakes (Gr1 PA). Lwasil was also second in the Coupe de France Chevaux Arabes (Gr1 PA). Kerra, the dam, won thirteen races including the Coupe d’Europe du Cheval Arabe, the Prix Dragon (twice), The Dubai International Stakes at Kempton, plus the International Arabian Cup Distaff at Delaware Park. The grandam produced the very smart Parador (Dormane), whose eleven career successes took in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (Gr1 PA). Her daughters continued the family’s successful legacy as the dams of Dorfa (The Amir’s Sword, Gr1 PA), Al Mujahaz (Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Trophy & H.H. The Heir Apparent Sword, Gr1s PA) and Rijm (French Arabian Breeders' Challenge Classic, Gr1 PA). Paul Nataf signed the docket after a final bid € 62,000 ensured that Mohamed Mezghani got his man. Lwsail will continue his stallion duties at the stud of the Tunisian entrepreneur. The sire’s new owner currently stands five stallions, including the French-breds Tidjam Lotois (Tidjani), Kandar du Falgas (Kesberoy) and Djelmane (Dormane)…

Eduard Mordukhovitch continues his quest for the new Avonmouth

#34      SAAHAR (M2)

            Nizam ex Djesabelle (Dormane)                 € 55,000

            Buyer: MAB Agency

            Vendor: Haras de Mandore

            Breeder: Haras de Mandore

In 2014, Marc-Antoine Berghgracht bid € 47,000 for Avonmouth (Cambrydge) at this very sale. Exported to Russia, he went on to become a champion performer after notching seventeen successes. His roll of honour includes the UAE President Cup (Gr1 PA), the Russian President Cup (Gr1 PA) and three editions of the Moscow Cup (Gr1 PA). On this particular Thursday, the MAB Agency man paid € 55,000 for lot 34. Part of the Haras de Mandore consignment, Saahar (Nizam) is Russia-bound where he will carry the same ‘Avonmouth’ colours of Eduard Mordukhovitch. This lot is a full brother to Sahabba (Nizam), the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Gr3 PA) heroine, and twice placed at Gr2 PA level. Bel'izam (Nizam), the full brother, proved a recent winner of the Prix Burkeguy (L PA), in addition to finishing second in the French Arabian Breeders' Challenge-Poulains (Gr2 PA). Cherifa (Chéri Bibi), the grandam, made her mark by landing both the Dubai Stakes and the Coupe du Cheval Arabe (Gr1s PA). She is the ancestress of around twenty black type performers, including Mushrae (Arabian World Cup & Arabian Trophy des Poulains, Gr1s PA). This is the renowned family of the de Watrigant breeding academy, and one which has produced those highly influential stallions Dormane (Manganate) and Manganate (Saint Laurent).

Gérard Larrieu keeps it in the family by acquiring a full sister of Fortuna Al Maury

#124    SAMIYAH (F3)

            No Risk Al Maury ex Friandise Al Maury (Rainbow Al Maury)          € 50,000

            Buyer: Chantilly Bloodstock Agency

            Vendor: Haras du Grand Courgeon

            Breeder: Haras de Victot

Bred by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifah Al Thani, Samiyah (No Risk Al Maury) went in to Arqana ring carrying the ‘unraced’ tag. However, her pedigree bears the 100% imprint of the Haras du Maury, as the dam and three of the filly’s grandparents were bred by Renée-Laure Koch. She’s a daughter of the successful ‘Shadwell’ sire and the Haras de Saint-Faust resident No Risk Al Maury (Kesberoy). Gérard Larrieu

had already used the stage afforded by the ‘Arqana’ ring to acquire this lot’s full sister Fortuna Al Maury (No Risk Al Maury). The latter

boasts a third in the Prix Nevada II (Gr3 PA). Their dam, Friandise Al Maury (Rainbow Al Maury), has also produced Fée Al Maury (Dormane), the Prix de l'Élevage (Gr2 PA) second and Arabian Trophy des Pouliches (Gr1 PA) third. Trawling back further in the pedigree, it’s possible to trace an old French bloodline and one readily associated with the excellent sire Akbar (Djelfor).

Shadwell lends supports to its French stallions

#8        HADJANI DE FAUST (M2)

            Madjani ex Tsarine de Faust (Al Sakbe)   € 45,000

            Buyer: Shadwell France

            Vendor: Haras de Saint-Faust

            Breeders: Haras de Saint-Faust & Chantilly Bloodstock

The juvenile colt had the potential, on paper at least, to drum up interest from those buyers dipping into the endurance market as well as the PA racing sphere. For Madjani (Tidjani), having proved his ‘champion’ qualities in the colours Sheikh Hamdan, is in fact a much sought after sire when it comes to producing ‘endurance’ horses. However, he has also generated some smart PA ‘racing’ performers in the image of Handassa (Madjani), whose two wins in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round III (Gr1 PA) were gained for trainer François Rohaut. The distaff line reveals that the dam is related to some smart performers, as he hails from a line which has already produced Nymphea du Paon (Prix Nevada II, Gr2 PA) and Darius du Paon (Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup, Gr3 PA).

However, she is also a full sister of Padichah du Paon (Al Sakbe), a world champion endurance performer in the six-year-old and seven-year-old categories. François Rohaut had the final say after bidding € 45,000. He said: "I’m delighted to have bought this good colt on behalf of Shadwell, having represented this concern during the sale. Sheikh Hamdan would like to thank the breeders for their trust in supporting his stallions, and notably those which stand at the Haras de Saint-Faust. He also wishes to support his latest stallion prospects. Shadwell have made a good acquisition and have returned to the fold as a buyer. The colt bears the strong imprint of his sire and we’ve been very happy with the progeny of Madjani."

#43      HERA DE FAUST (F2)

            No Risk Al Maury ex Isis du Clos (Djourman)    € 45,000

            Buyer: Shadwell France

            Vendor: Haras de Saint-Faust

            Breeder: Haras de Saint-Faust

Shadwell also proved supportive of another of their stallions, the rising star of their Haras de Saint-Faust division, No Risk Al Maury (Kesberoy), as outlined here. He is the sire of the high class mare Al Shamoos (Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown & Qatar Arabian Trophy des Juments, Gr1s PA), Darius du Paon (third in the H.H. The President Cup, Gr1 PA), Salma Nour Grine (third in the Coupe de France des Chevaux Arabes, Gr1 PA and Barnamaj (Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2, Gr1 PA)…

Hera de Faust (No Risk Al Maury) is a particularly well bred filly as the dam, Isis du Clos (Djourman), has generated three black type performers, including Sahib du Clos (Kerbella). A six times winner, the latter annexed the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1, the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 and The National Day Cup (Gr1s PA). Isis du Clos is also the grandam of Bon Baiser de Faust (Madjani), second in the Coupe de France des Chevaux Arabes and third in The Arabian Derby (Gr1s PA) at Newmarket.

Neef is sold to a Saudi Arabian client of Richard Venn

#98      NEEF (M4)

            General ex Sarahmina (Tornado de Syrah)         € 45,000

            Buyer: Richard Venn

            Vendor: Didier Guillemin

            Breeder: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani

Neef was Richad Venn’s very first purchase at this particular PA sale, He was bought on behalf of a Saudi Arabian client. Under the tutelage of trainer Didier Guillemin, Neef won the Prix Chéri Bibi (Gr3 PA) as a three-year-old. Bred by Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Neef is out of Sarahmina (Tornado de Syrah). The latter made a winning debut in France when trained by Jean-Pierre Totain before being exported to Qatar. She went on to prove herself a remarkable broodmare after ‘foaling’ a number of high class performers. The name of Raqiyah (Amer) springs to mind and the thirteen times winner hit the big time in The President of the UAE Cup - Coupe de France des Chevaux Arabes, the Qatar International Trophy, The President of the UAE Cup - Coupe d'Europe des Chevaux Arabes (twice) and the President of the UAE Cup - UK Arabian Derby (Gr1s PA) at Ascot. One can also cite the example of the ten times winning Tameemah (Amer). The winner of the Sprinter Championship (Gr3 PA) at Doha, she also boasted thirds in the Qatar French Arabian Breeders' Challenge pour Pouliches de 4ans and The NBD Hatta International Stakes (Gr1s PA) at Newbury. Bavette (Dunixi), the great grandam, has produced the Prix d'Abu Dhabi and the Prix Président des UAE (Gr1s PA) winning Prince d'Orient (Manganate).This is the family of Dahor de Brugère (Dahess), whose six wins comprised the Al Rayyan Cup and the Coupe de France des Chevaux Arabes (Gr1s PA).

Madjani continues to prove popular in the ‘endurance’ stakes


            Madjani ex Zaafrana (Kesberoy)   € 42,000

            Buyer: Endurance Team Spc

            Vendor: Haras de Limarzel

            Breeders: Haras de Saint-Faust & Chantilly Bloodstock

Marion Wasilewski, of Endurance Team Spc fame, had the final say after parting with € 42,000 to secure the son of Madjani, a stallion previously based at the Haras de Saint-Faust until his untimely death. However, his progeny continue to be in demand as he has acquired a reputation as a sire of endurance horses as befits a son of Tidjani (Flipper). Zembra (Dynamite III), the grandam, won thirteen races in Tunisia, including the Prix du Président de la République (Gr1 PA). She is also the second dam of Zefira (Dormane): third in a big CEI3* endurance race at Badajoz, Spain. Lot 12 in the catalogue, Zafar de Limarzel (Madjani) is destined for a career in Bahrein.