LITTLE Big Bear could give the Arqana August Yearling Sale the perfect boost by winning the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh today (Saturday).
Coolmore picked up Little Big Bear for €320,000 at this sale last year. The son of No Nay Never is regarded by many commentators as the season’s leading juvenile seen out so far, having won the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh.
Last Monday’s impressive Naas winner Denmark was another Arqana purchase, having been bought by Coolmore for €440,000 at last year’s October Yearling Sale in Deauville.
This year’s three-day August Yearling Sale starts on Saturday, August 13th, in Deauville.
‘Version 2’ of the sale has been moved to September, so the premier sale now stands alone and will be complemented by the Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois card at Deauville on Sunday. Monday’s card features the Group 2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano.
There are 313 yearlings in this year’s catalogue and all three days will offer the same quality of yearlings. Selling starts at 2pm on the Saturday and at 5.30pm on both Sunday and Monday (after racing).
Among the international stallions represented in the catalogue are Adlerflug, Arrogate, Camelot, Churchill, Dark Angel, Dubawi, Frankel, Galileo, Galiway, Justify, Kingman, Kodiac, Lope De Vega, New Bay, Night Of Thunder, No Nay Never, Sea The Stars, Shamardal, Siyouni, War Front, Wootton Bassett and Zarak.
Almost a quarter of the yearlings offered are siblings to blacktype winners, with 17 of these brothers or sisters to Group 1 winners.
First crop stallions with progeny on offer include Advertise, Blue Point, Calyx, City Light, Land Force, Magna Grecia, Ten Sovereigns, Too Darn Hot, Waldgeist and Yoshida.
Lot 10: A brother to Sealiway, the Champion Stakes and Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère winner, offered from Haras de Colleville.
Lot 12: A half-brother by Wootton Bassett to listed race winner Darkness, from Haras du Cadran.
Lot 21: The second foal by Shamardal out of group race winner Lady Frankel, a three-parts brother to Lope De Vega, from Gestüt Ammerland.
Lot 62: A half-sister by Siyouni to the champion Native Trail, last year’s champion two-year-old and the winner of the Irish 2000 Guineas this season, from Haras d’Haspel.
Lot 66: A daughter of Too Darn Hot out of dual group race winner Night Music, from the family of classic winner Night Magic, from Haras du Cadran.
Lot 86: The first foal by War Front out of group race winner Pollara, from the leading family of Arc winner Solemia, from Écurie des Monceaux.
Lot 93: A half-sister by Decorated Knight to Nashwa, the winner of the 2022 Prix de Diane Longines and Nassau Stakes.
Lot 98: A half-sister by Blue Point to listed race winner Alzire and blacktype performers Tasman Bay and Palmyrem from the family of Group 1 winners Peeping Fawn and Thewayyouare, from Haras d’Etreham.
Lot 105: A daughter of Justify, the first foal out of Group 2 winner Raven’s Lady, consigned by Haras de l’Hotellerie.
Lot 122: The first foal by Siyouni out of Sapa Inca, a listed race winner and a sister to Critérium International winner Johannes Vermeer and Group 2 winner Elizabeth Browning, from Ecurie des Monceaux.
Lot 142: The first foal by Kingman out of listed race winner Solage, from the family of Plumania, from Ballylinch Stud.
Lot 148: The second foal by Frankel out of Spain Burg, winner of the Rockfel Stakes, from Haras de Saint Pair;
Lot 149: A sister to Royal Ascot’s Jersey Stakes winner Noble Truth (Kingman), from the family of Stacelita and Soul Stirring, from Haras des Capucines.
Lot 154: A brother to Arc winner Sottsass (by Siyouni), also a half-brother to Sistercharlie and My Sister Nat, from Ecurie des Monceaux.
Lot 171: A half-brother by Intello to dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Treve, from Haras du Quesnay.
Lot 183: A half-brother by Kingman to Group 2 winner Waldbine from the family of Waldpark, Masked Marvel and Waldgeist, from Domaine de l’Etang.
Lot 191: A half-brother by Churchill to Derby winner Wings Of Eagles, from Haras de Montaigu.
Lot 219: A daughter of Kingman out of the blacktype mare Baltic Duchess, from the family of Group 1 winners Baltic Baroness and Borigia, from Gestüt Ammerland.
Lot 220: A half-brother by Too Darn Hot to classic winner Beauty Parlour, from the close family of Might And Power, from Baroda Stud;
Lot 227: A half-sister by Wootton Bassett to group race winners Lope Y Fernandez and Dark Vision, from Ecurie des Monceaux.
Lot 234: A daughter of Sea The Stars, the first foal out of Channel, the Prix de Diane winner, from La Motteraye Consignment.
Lot 247: A daughter of Frankel, the first foal out of listed race winner Crystal River, from the family of Group 1 winners Royal Marine, Librettist and Dubai Destination, from Haras d’Etreham.
Lot 265: The first foal by No Nay Never out of Group 3 winner Etoile, from the family of group race winners Gagnoa, Ancient Rome, Pour Moi and Down Patrol, from Coolmore Stud.
Lot 276: A brother to Prix de l’Abbaye winner Wooded (Wootton Bassett), from Haras d’Etreham.
Lot 311: A daughter of Blue Point out of listed race winner and Poule d’Essai des Pouliches-placed Irish Rookie, from Haras de Saint-Pair.
Sale: Arqana August Yearling Sale
Time/date: Saturday, August 13th (2pm) to Monday, August 15th (5.30pm start on Sunday & Monday).
Tel: 0033 231 81 81 00
Support: Contact Arqana’s Irish rep Nicola Kent for help with travel and catalogues. Tel 087-2861149