Sprinter Sacre’s Brother On Top At Arqana

A full-brother to the outstanding champion chaser Sprinter Sacre (Fr) (Network {Ger}) would be a stand-out in any National Hunt catalogue and the 2-year-old AQPS gelding Flinter Sacre (Fr) duly led proceedings as Arqana’s Summer Sale got underway in Deauville.

Topping the first session of the two-day sale, lot 152, consigned by Beatrice Nicco, brought the hammer down at 125,000, with agent Hubert Barbe acting on behalf of leading Irish jumps owner JP McManus.

An improved clearance rate, which jumped from 69% to 77% for 102 lots sold of 133 offered, helped first-day figures to improve across the board. The aggregate of 3,001,000 was up by 17.5%, while the average rose by 14% to 29,442 and the median increased from 16,000 to 22,000.

The increases were generated predominantly from the buoyant store-horse section, emulating the trend set earlier this season at sales of young unbroken jumping stock in Britain and Ireland.

This group followed a final batch of 27 Flat breeze-up horses offered at the start of the sale and headed, as so often at this venue, by a colt from the Grove Stud consignment (lot 8). The son of Holy Roman Emperor (Ire) is out of the 2-year-old winner Milena’s Dream (Ire) (Authorized {Ire}) and was bought by Chantilly-based trainer Alessandro Botti for 74,000.

The Summer Sale continues today with a session of fillies and mares, followed by horses in training, from 11am local time.

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