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Now’s The Time To Visit Deauville

By July 17, 2015General

A seaside holiday in Deauville, France in August for the ARQANA August Yearling Sale (August 15 – 17) is something we’d all like to do one day and there has never been a better year to indulge that fantasy with a catalogue packed with interest for Australian bloodstock investors.

The catalogue for the August Yearling Sale is now available at and includes 374 hand-picked yearlings highlighted from an Australian perspective by significant drafts from champion Australian sires Redoute’s Choice, Fastnet Rock and Exceed and Excel as well as the first yearlings by world champion Frankel, who had a small number of Southern Hemisphere foals born in Australia last year.

Throw in yearlings by So You Think, Sepoy and Foxwedge and you could be forgiven for thinking this catalogue had been put together by Inglis or Magic Millions!

Redoute's Choice

Redoute’s Choice

Arrowfield Stud elected to shuttle Redoute’s Choice to France in 2013 and the resulting foals from that crop are now yearlings poised to make a big impression at European sales in coming weeks.

There are 15 catalogued for Arqana and some of the more appealing prospects on paper are:

Lot 82 Filly Redoute’s Choice x Katyusha, by Kingmambo – From an unraced sister to Group I St Leger winner Rule of Law.

Lot 115 Filly Redoute’s Choice x Nina’s Rainbow, by Rainbow Quest – First foal of a daughter of Group I German Oaks winner Next Gina.

Lot 147 Colt Redoute’s Choice x Sandy Girl, by Footstepsinthesand – Second foal of a winning half-sister to six-time Group I winner Stacelita.

Lot 167 Colt Redoute’s Choice x Sun Bittern, by Seeking the Gold – Half-brother to Group III winner Signs of Blessing.

Lot 173 Colt Redoute’s Choice x Thislilightofmine, by Kingmambo – From a half-sister to Group I winners Chief Contender and Aviance and is line bred to Best in Show, who is the third dam of this youngster and the fourth dam of Redoute’s Choice.

Lot 182 Colt Redoute’s Choice x Vadawina, by Unfuwain – Half-brother to Group II winner Vadamar and stakes-winner Vedouma from Group I winner Vadawina.

Redoute’s Choice is one stallion that stamps his stock indelibly and his better offspring usually fit a familiar profile, which is another good reason why Australian buyers might be advantaged here in knowing exactly what they are looking at.

Fastnet Rock

Fastnet Rock

Fresh from siring two European Group I winners this year in Qualify and Diamondsandrubies, Fastnet Rock has seven entries and again, nobody knows what a good one of these looks like better than an Aussie!

His draft includes:

Lot 42 Filly Fastnet Rock x Days of Summer, by Bachelor Duke – Second foal of a winning daughter of Group I winner Pharaoh’s Delight and half-sister to the dam of multiple Group I winner Red Rocks. Bred on the same cross of top class Australian filly Lumosty.

Lot 58 Filly Fastnet Rock x Fill My Heart, by Peintre Celebre – First foal of a winning sister to international Group I multiple winner Pride and half-sister to the dam of Group I winner Speciosa. Bred on the same cross as Group I winners Nechita and Rock Classic.

Lot 134 Filly Fastnet Rock x Quesada, by Peintre Celebre – Second foal of a young stakes-winner and bred on same cross as previous.

Lot 241 Colt Fastnet Rock x Foreign Legionary, by Galileo – First foal of a half-sister to international multiple Group I winner Alexander Goldrun and bred on same cross as Group I winners Qualify and Magicool.

Also adding some real interest for Australian buyers are siblings to current star gallopers Contributer and Pornichet, both imported Group I winners in Australia this season.

Lot 151, a colt by High Chaparral from Serisia is the full brother to Contributer, while Lot 129, a filly by Siyouni from Porza is the half-sister to Pornichet.

Why wait until next year to chase international blue-blooded yearlings in Australia when you can do it right now in France!

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Article by Tara Madgwick