Lead picture: MAOLIE (©APRH)
Turnover up 27%, close to 2007 record figure
The 2016 Purebred Arabian Sale posted impressive gains from the previous renewal and only fell inches short of its 2007 records with a cumulated aggregate of €3,138,000, up 27% form 2015, and average price of €42,405, a 20% hike. The clearance rate was the only indicator to slip to 63.8%.
Emirates Bloodstock principal Faisal Al Rahmani was on a buying mission on behalf of Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed and stocked up on regally-bred two-year-old fillies, spending a total of €838,000 on six lots.
Top of his shopping list was MAOLIE (lot 31), a daughter of Seikh Mansoor’s stallion Mahabb and full sister to champion Manark, winner of the Gr.1 PA Kahayla Classic among four victories at Group PA level. Another of her full siblings is Mestor, who won the 3yo Championship at Abu Dhabi. Offered by Jean-Marc de Watrigant’s Haras de Mandore, the gorgeous chesnut commanded a closing bid of €260,000.
Al Rahmani also signed two dockets at €180,000 for HERRMIN (lot 7) and SAIDA DE MONLAU (lot 40). The former, also from Haras de Mandore, is by another of Sheikh Mansoor’s flagship sires in Munjiz and out of the talented Djesabelle, who is already the dam of the Gr.3 PA scorer Sahabba. The second dam is the taproot mare Cherifa, ancestress of such luminaries as Djebbel, Madj Al Arab, Mushrae, Cherazade, Djourdan etc.
The latter, also by Munjiz, was offered by Haras de Thouars on behalf of Haras de Monlau and is a full sister to the champion Al Mamun Monlau, winner of three Group 1 PA races including the Dubai Kahayla Classic, as well as of Princesse Monlau.
Another to go Al Rahmani’s way was MUNOWRA (lot 20), consigned by Haras du Saubouas and yet another daughter of Munjiz. The half-sister to Gr.1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 scorer Nieshan was knocked down for €150,000.
Haras de Mandore was behind three of the four highest prices during the sale, including another daughter of Mahabb named STELAH (lot 15), who is out of a full sister to the Gr.1 PA winner Dorfa, whose previous foal is the smart Ahzar, winner of the Gr.3 PA Prix Tidjani and 2nd in the Gr.1 PA Al Rayyan Cup at Deauville. Al Shahania went to €200,000 to secure the bay and Alexandra Newman commented: “The dam is only young and she has already produced a Group 1 PA horse. This is a family going places”.
Al Shahania was back in action later on, shelling out €170,000 for MIZABELLE (lot 56), from the stellar draft of Haras de Mandore. The unraced six-year-old mare is a full sister to the aforementioned Saida de Monlau, being by Munjiz out of Djesabelle, hence another granddaughter of the blue hen Cherifa. She was offered carrying her first foal by leading sire Dahess.
Gérard Larrieu of Chantilly Bloodstock Agency signed for the two dearest horses in training, who followed one another into the ring. The four-year-old colt CAID DE L’ARDUS (lot 86), a son of Mahabb winner of three of his seven starts to date, commanded €150,000 while Wild Card entry TEFKIR (lot 85), champion in Poland at three and four and selling with an entry in Sunday’s Qatar Arabian World Cup Gr.1 PA, was knocked down for €95,000.
Endurance horses in demand
The section dedicated to endurance performers continued its rise, grossing €275,000 for 8 horses sold and registering its first six-figure sale for ASSAD (lot 124), a winner this season over 60km. The son of Madjani was knocked down to Bahrein’s Royal Endurance Team SPC.
At the end of the one-day sale, Eric Hoyeau commented: “We are thrilled with the results of the Purebred Arabian sale, which represents a longstanding win-win partnership with AFAC [the French Arabian Association]. We work together to promote the sale and the sale contributes to the finances of AFAC. We would like to extend our thanks to the breeders, who entrusted us with top quality horses and were duly rewarded. Buyers from a broad variety of countries were in action today, a tribute to the global character of Arabian racing.”
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