The globalisation of the breeding industry has never been more evident than when you look at the sires represented in the upcoming ARQANA yearling sale.
Australian horses are now accepted without fear or favour on the world stage and, as the recent Royal Ascot victory of Scenic Blast amply illustrates, the quality of Australian horses compares with the best in the world.
Understandable therefore that when Leading Australian sires REDOUTE’S CHOICE and ENCOSTA DE LAGO make their debut in the French sales ring in August, their offspring will be ones to go on many buyers shortlists.
Redoute’s Choice recently sired his 15th Group 1 winner when his son Musir triumphed in South Africa and the Arrowfield stallion will be represented by Lot 208, a bay colt out of a Kingmambo half-sister to USA Grade 1 winner Point Ashley and Grade 2 winner Raw Gold.
Reigning champion sire Encosta De Lago will be represented by three lots – two fillies and one colt. Lot 164 is a chestnut filly with tremendous residual value, being a half sister to Group 1 winner Atticus and her dam is a Group 2 winning daughter of Secretariat. Lot 160 is a bay colt out of a half sister to Sligo Bay (Group 1) from the family of Singspiel and Rahy so he will have stallion potential later on. Lot 42 is another bay colt who is a half brother to Heckie a Group 3 winner and from a mare by Unfuwain.
Other stallions represented in the catalogue that we Australians are very familiar with are RED RANSOM (6 Lots), EXCEED AND EXCEL (2 fillies), red hot DANEHILL DANCER (11 Lots) who just sired his 18th stakeswinner this season on the weekend, CAPE CROSS (4 Lots), GALILEO (20 Lots), MONTJEU (16 Lots), MORE THAN READY (1 colt) and the recently deceased ANABAA (5 Lots).
This outstanding catalogue will also be represented by champion sires PIVOTAL, DISTORTED HUMOUR, MONSUN, DANSILI and VERGLAS.
ARQANA graduates have been on fire recently winning three classics already in 2009, Le Havre (French Derby), Silver Frost (Group 1 Poule d’Essai) and Hong Kong star Collection (Hong Kong Derby). In fact ARQANA graduates have won the last three runnings of the French Derby including VISION D’ETAT and LAWMAN.
Racing in France is booming at the moment courtesy of the generous owners premium bonus’s for French bred horses. On top of already healthy prizemoney, the French owners premiums pay an additional 75% prizemoney for all places for 2yo’s, 63% for 3yo’s and 48% for 4yo and upwards.
A top liner like Vision D’Etat, a ‚¬39,000 yearling, has accumulated earnings in excess of ,¬2.3 million including ‚¬723,400 in premium bonus’s alone.
Australians can now even watch the French races live on the internet and Sky Channel are covering French racing every Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
The ARQANA sale, the first on the European circuit commences on Friday 14th August concluding on Monday 17th August.