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INTELLO : leading fresman sire at the Arqana August Yearling Sale

INTELLO : leading fresman sire at the Arqana August Yearling Sale

First-crop yearlings by the Gr.1 Prix du Jockey Club winner INTELLO were offered at the Arqana Yearling Sale from Sunday 14 to Tuesday 16 August, 2016. Intello finished as leading freshman sire by average at Arqana with 15 yearlings sold at an average price of €178,000 and 4 yearlings who realised more than €300,000.

On Sunday, Jean-Claude Rouget went to €360,000 to buy the penultimate yearling of the session, lot 93, offered by Ecurie des Monceaux, a daughter of Platonic (Zaffonic), whose 2014 filly by Frankel was sold for €1.15 million last year. Platonic is also the dam of Pacifique (Monjeu), dam of the record top price of €2.6 million last year and Prudenzia (Dansili) who produced the Gr.1 Irish Oaks winner Chicquita (Montjeu).

Amanda Skiffington, agent for the owners Fiona Carmichael and Ian Jennings, paid €320,000 for a colt out of Nuit Polaire (Kheleyf) (lot 84). After signing the docket, A. Skiffington said "He had such presence and is a really balanced colt. We've been lucky buying the stock of first-season sires. If we wait until they're proven we can't always afford them".

Hip 8, offered by Haras de Montaigu, was the first Intello's yearling to go through the ring. And Nicolas de Watrigant of Mandore International Agency paid 220,000€ for this filly out of the Gr.3 Prix Pénélope winner Don't Hurry Me (Hurricane Run).

On Monday, Wertheimer & Frère paid €360,000 for lot 181, the last yearling by Intello of the session to go through the ring. The colt is out of Chabelle (Shirocco) ans is the brother to More Than A Dream (Halling), second in the Gr.3 Prix Noailles this year.

On Tuesday, Wertheimer & Frère secured lot 255, consigned by Haras du Cadran when going to €300,000 for a filly out of the Listed winner Mary's Precedent (Storming Home). Pierre-Yves Bureau told TDN: "She is a very good-looking filly we liked a lot. She was one of our two favourite Intellos. She is out of a young mare and from a breeder who you could say is in form. We are very happy to buy her and of course it is very good news that Intello has had such good results."

Matt Coleman went to €215,000 for lot 293, a colt out of the multiple Listed winner Rock My Soul (Clodovil). He explained "We thought he was the best horse here today and the best of the Intellos. He had a great physique with real substance. He's out of a good racemare and it's that good Galileo-Danehill cross. Hopefully he'll make up into a nice middle-distance Classic horse in time."