Photograph: Faisal Al Rahmani congratulated by Elisabeth Bernard ©APRH
Blue-blooded two-year-old fillies in high demand
Mohanad Jassem Al Yaqout was on the lookout for well-bred fillies and signed for two of the three six-figure prices on behalf of Khalifa bin Hamad Al Attiyah. Offered by Haras du Paon, FOLIE DU PAON (lot 13), a daughter of leading sire Mahabb and full sister to Gr.2 PA victrix NYMPHEA DU PAON, commanded €130,000 while some time later OISEAU LYRE (lot 32) a Munjiz half-sister to top class performer and exciting sire DIVAMER brought the hammer down at €100,000. “ They will be trained in Qatar and ultimately join the broodmare band at Al Jeryan Stud ,” commented Al Yaqout. “ We are looking for fillies with deep pedigrees and these two fitted the bill. ”
Djedahes on top in breeding stock section
Emirates Bloodstock’s Faisal Al Rahmani was busy as ever, buying for Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Yas. He secured the highest price of the evening, the mare DJEDAHES (lot 65), for €210,000 following a long bidding duel against Gérard Larrieu.
Bred by Haras de Mandore, the eight-year-old is by Dahess out of the Dormane mare Djesabelle, who also produced the multiple Group PA scorer SAHABBA and is herself out of the taproot mare CHERIFA, who has been responsible for such luminaries as French Arabian Breeders’ Cup Classic winner CHERAZADE, Emir’s Sword hero MADJ AL ARAB, etc.
Djedahes won one race for Damien de Watrigant before being exported to Poland and was offered here by Elisabeth Bernard on behalf of Polish owner-breeder Krzysztof Gozdzialski. “ The is a family that has won very good races ,” commented Al Rahmani, “ and which we were very keen to get into. I thought she would be cheaper but that’s the law of the market. We haven’t decided yet where she will go next .”
Larrieu makes a ‘Splasch’ in horses in training section
Having been outdone on the mare Djedahes, Gérard Larrieu came back for more later in the afternoon and duly secured the highest-priced horse in training on a €160,000 bid. Named SPLASCH (lot 86), this threeyear-old son of Njewman was still unraced when the catalogue was printed but made an eye-catching debut for trainer Philippe Sogorb, coming down by only a head at Mont-de-Marsan, September 9th, with the third-placed two lengths adrift. “ There were few horses in the catalogue who had the future ahead of them so this one really appealed to us ”, said Larrieu. “ His first run was very promising and he looks that there is a lot more to come. He will continue his career in Qatar with Jassim Ghazali”.