Arqana December Catalogue Released

The catalogue for the four-day Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale, slated for Dec. 9-12, is now available. From a total of 953 lots catalogued, 455 mares, 174 filles, 319 weanlings and four stallions will go under the hammer. The dam of G1 Irish Derby and G1 St Leger hero Capri (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), Dialafara (Fr) (Anabaa), was purchased for €175,000 out of this catalogue in 2010, while Morning Light (Fr) (Literato {Fr}), the dam of dual French Classic hero Brametot (Ire) (Rajsaman {Fr}), brought just €12,000 in 2013. The latter was reoffered at this sale in 2014 and cost just €26,000.

Among the choicest lots is Zakia (Fr) (lot 197), a New Approach (Ire) half-sister to unbeaten G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Zarkava (Ire) (Zamindar) from the 41-strong Aga Khan Studs consignment. Zarkava is already the dam of G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud hero Zarak (Fr) (Dubawi {Ire}).

Two Group 1 winners will be offered by Ecurie des Monceaux in December, one, G1 Premio Lydia Tesio heroine Sortilege (Ire) (Tiger Hill {Ire}) (lot 184) is in foal to top miler Kingman (GB). Lot 163, Molly Malone (Fr) (Lomitas {GB}) also hails from the Monceaux draft. A winner of the G1 Qatar Prix du Cadran, she is from the extended family of stellar German sire Monsun (Ger), dual Classic hero Brametot (Ire) and MGSW MG1SP Wekeela (Fr).

Monceaux’s Desiree Clary (Ger) (Sholokhov {Ire}) (lot 200), MGSP and fourth in the G1 Prix de Diane, is the lone mare in foal to Triple Crown hero and Horse of the Year American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) to grace a sales ring in Europe this season. She also ran third in the GIII Long Island H. Stateside.

Morning Mist (Ger) (Peintre Celebre {Nureyev}), a half-sister to the aforementioned Brametot, is lot 24. From the consignment of Ronald Rauscher, she is in foal to Group 1 sire Adlerflug (Ger).

Wertheimer et Frere brings a string of 21 fillies and mares to Arqana. Their Siligreen (GB) (Dansili {GB}) is entered as lot 178. She is a half-sister to G3 Prix du Calvados victress Polydream (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}) and out of French SW Polygreen (Fr) (Green Tune), who also placed third in the GIII Monrovia H. They also offer lot 159, Gravitee (Fr) (Galileo {Ire}), a full-sister to G1 Prix du Jockey Club hero Intello (Ger), carrying her first foal by Maxios (GB).

Group 3 runner-up Interesting (Ire) (Raven’s Pass) lot 105 is one of 16 from the Godolphin consignment. The daughter of GSW MG1SP With Fascination (Dayjur) is in foal to Iffraaj (GB), who is enjoying a top notch season in both hemispheres this year, represented by the likes of champion miler Ribchester (Ire) in Europe and Group 1 winners Gingernuts (NZ) and Jon Snow (NZ) Down Under.

Foals of interest include Sam Stone (Fr) (lot 53), a Dabirsim (Fr) half-brother to SW Stone Roses (Fr) (Rip Van Winkle {Ire}) and SW MGSP Straight Right (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) consigned by Haras du Petit Tellier; and a Frankel (GB) half-brother to MGSW G1SP Goken (Fr) (Kendargent {Fr}), consigned by Haras de Colleville, is lot 218.

There are also 10 wild card slots available for fillies with fresh form or mares and weanlings with updates. The sale begins at 11 a.m. local time each day barring Dec. 10, which starts at 10 a.m.

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