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Since 2008, Damon Gabbedy of Belmont Bloodstock Agency has been the Australian & New Zealand representative of ARQANA.

Damon’s role as the Australasian representative is to promote French Racing and Breeding within Australia & New Zealand and to assist interested parties to purchase bloodstock from the French sales.

We are passionate about French racing and the wonderful opportunities for breeders to purchases fillies and mares from classical European pedigrees and spread their unparalleled influence within Australia.

Damon attends the August Yearling Sale, the Arc Sale for tried racing prospects and December Breeding Stock Sale annually.  Damon and his team provide many services including assistance with:

1. Accommodation & travel arrangements
2. Selection and inspection of relevant lots as per client requirements
3. Veterinary examinations
4. Pedigree & raceform analysis
5. Travel rebates for purchasers
6. Transport for purchased horses (both domestic and international)
7. Registration for horses remaining in France to race
8. Agistment placement within France

For further information about racing, breeding and purchasing horses in France please visit the Arqana Website


Arqana is the French Thoroughbred auction house that operates horse auctions including the Ventes de Deauville, one of the world’s largest auctions for thoroughbred yearlings held in August of each year in Deauville, France.

Created by the merger of auctioneers L’Agence Française de Vente du Pur-sang and Goffs France, Arqana is headed by chairman Georges Rimaud. The company’s majority shareholder is the Aga Khan IV, France’s biggest thoroughbred owner-breeder. A consortium of French breeders owns approximately 30 percent with the remainder owned by Artcurial, the art auction house subsidiary of the Dassault Group.

Upcoming Arqana Sales

Breeze Up Sale
10th-11th May 2019 in Deauville

Summer Sale
2nd-3rd July 2019 in Deauville

August Yearling Sale
17th-19th August 2019 in Deauville

Arc Sale
5th October 2019 at Saint-Cloud

October Yearling Sale
22nd-25th October 2019 in Deauville

Autumn Sale
18th-20th November 2019 in Deauville

December Breeding Stock Sale
7th to 10th December 2019 in Deauville

Experience the magic of Chantiily

Louis Le Metayer, Clint Donovan, Damon Gabbedy & Arthur Hoyeau in December 2015

Swooning feeling fresh! Purchased from the Breeding Stock Sale at Deauville in France 2013