The PA Sale at Saint-Cloud; in search of the future Hoggar de l'Ardus


The PA Sale at Saint-Cloud; in search of the future Hoggar de l'Ardus

The PA Sale, jointly organised by Arqana and Afac, takes place on Thursday 30th September at Saint-Cloud. Dominique Boulard oversees proceedings on behalf of the sales’ agency.  Available online, the catalogue includes 115 racing and endurance horses, including horses-in-training and 2-year-olds, plus a breeding stock section comprising mares, yearlings and stallions.

The top French commercial breeders consign their choice lots at the Saint-Cloud sale, and the results are there for all to see. In 2014, Marc-Antoine Berghgracht acquired Avonmouth (Cambrydge) at this sale for €47,000. Exported to Russia, he went to the top of the tree there, having won 17 races, including the UAE President Cup, the Russian President Cup and three editions of the Moscow Cup (Grs1 PA). Cakouet de Bozouls (Dahess), bought for €50,000 by Krzysztof Gozdzialski, was third in the Qatar Coupe de France (Gr1 PA), before proving competitive at PA Group level in the United Arab Emirates.  Spaghetti (Snoopi), a €35,000 purchase by Gerard Larrieu, won seven races in Qatar, in addition to obtaining multiple placings at PA Group level. The Chantilly Bloodstock supremo also sourced the Majd Al Arab P/A Sprinter Championship (Gr3 PA) winner Caïd de l'Ardus (Mahabb) for €150,000. Chaddad (Mared Al Sahra), a €42,000 purchase, was second in the Dubai Kahayla Classic, and third in the Jewel Crown (Grs1 PA).

Rodess du Loup (Dahess), a Saint-Cloud buy back, won the Derby des Pur-Sang Arabes - President of the UAE Cup (Gr1 PA)... Still on the subject of buy backs, Al Shamoos (No Risk Al Maury) was the world’s highest rated female performer in 2019. That same year, Amyr du Soleil (Amer) was the top rated PA 3-year-old (both sexes) internationally. Hoggar de l'Ardus (Mister Ginoux) won the Qatar Derby des Pur-Sang Arabes de 4ans (Gr1 PA). Artemis (Azaradi) numbers two Group wins, including the Qatar Prix de l'Élevage (Gr2 PA).

General, a living legend, is up for sale. The Haras de Victot stallion General (Amer) is 16- years-old. Boasting an exceptional pedigree, he’s the full brother of Al Dahma (Amer). The latter won 25 races from the ages of three to eight. Her wins comprised the Coupe d’Europe des Chevaux Arabes (three times), the French Arabian Breeders' Cup Mile, the Emir's Sword (twice), the Qatar International Trophy (four times), the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani Trophy, the Qatar National Day Trophy (twice), the Dubai International Stakes, the President Cup and the Malazgirt Trophy (Grs1 PA). Al Dahma is also the dam of Marid (TM Fred Texas), a dual Gr1 PA winner, and the top French PA colt of 2018, plus Yazeed (Munjiz). Currently a stallion at the Haras du Grand Courgeon, Yazeed simply oozed class in some of his races. He won eight of his 17 outings, including the Qatar Derby (Gr2 PA), the Qatar Cup Prix Dragon, the Qatar National Day Trophy and the Qatar Gold Sword (Grs1 PA).

On the track, General reflected his high class pedigree by proving a dual winner of the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA). At stud, he is responsible for the high class distaffer Lady Princess (General); Riyam (General), the Emirates Equestrian Federation International Stakes (Gr2 PA) victor; Rb Lam Tara (General), a dual Gr3 scorer in Abu Dhabi; Al Ghashamiya (General), second in the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches (Gr1 PA); Neef (General),  the Prix Chéri Bibi (Gr3 PA) hero; General Lady (General), the Qatar Cup - Prix Dragon (Gr1 PA) second; My Belle du Soleil (General), runner up in the French Arabian Breeders' Challenge-Pouliches (Gr2 PA); Aksinya (General), second in the Shadwell - Critérium des Pouliches (Gr2 PA)...

We await the first crop of Rijm, meanwhile... A second stallion will go through the ring in October, and namely Rijm. He took stallion duties at the Haras du Mazet stud in 2020, and his first crop will hit the racecourse in 2024. He is one of the first sons of Azadi (Darike) to stand as a stallion. He won the French Arabian Breeders' Challenge Classic (Gr1 PA) by seven lengths, in addition to the Qatar Derby (Gr2 PA). Rijm is out of Kerjam (Dormane). The latter won the Prix du Président des Émirats Arabes Unis at Deauville, before forging a reputation in the breeding shed, having also foaled Al Mujahaz (Hafid du Bac). The latter won ten races, including the Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Trophy and the H.H. The Heir Apparent Sword (Gr1s PA). Kerjam is a full sister to Karel – the winner of the Prix du Sultanat d'Oman at Toulouse. The grandam, Kera (Kesberoy) – whose name contains a solitary "r" – is a full sister to Kerra. The latter won 13 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 (Grs1)...