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KZN News: Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale Results

Redoute's Choice Weanling Tops Arqana Session

KZN Sires Redoute’s Promise, Noble Tune and Linngari all had news to come out of the recent Arqana December Mixed Bloodstock sale held at Deauville, with Noble Tune’s family topping the sale overall and Redoute’s Choice, the sire of Bush Hill’s Redoute’s Promise, providing a session topper with a weanling filly and a number of mares sold in foal to Linngari, including a maiden for €50 000.

Redoute’s Choice weanling filly out of a half sister to the dam of unbeaten European Horse of the Year Zarkava was the top seller on Day 2 of the Arqana December breeding stock sale, going for €160,000.

Bloodstock agent John McCormack signed for the bay filly from an outstanding Aga Khan family. Born April 25, she was offered by Hubert Honore’s Haras d’Ommeel.
The filly’s dam is the Namid mare Zamid, who from four foals has one starter to date, the 3-year-old Lawman filly Acquittal, who is twice placed in Great Britain.

Zamid has a 2-year-old Zamindar colt in training and a yearling Elusive City colt. The mare is a half sister to a pair of stakes winners, including French Gr3 winner Zarkiya, and to the unraced mare Zarkasha, dam of 2008 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and French Oaks (Gr1) winner Zarkava.

“She is a real athlete,” McCormack said of the session-topping filly. “I have bought her for an existing client who already has horses in training in France and she will be kept to race. Redoute’s Choice has been so successful in Australia and I hope that he can do as well over here (in Europe). The dam side also offers some solid guarantees.”

A maiden mare named Picayune – sold as Lot 723 went for €50 000 to Kern Lillingston Bloodstock in foal to Linngari, Summerhill’s new stallion acquisition who has covered his first South African season.

The German bred Black Type daughter of Manduro (Monsun) out of Panagia by Diesis is a half-sister to five European winners, and hails from the immediate damline of Thatch, Sadler’s Wells and Tate Gallery.

Embellishment topped the sale at 900 000 Euros, sharing third dam Serena’s Song with Noble Tune and Honor Code.

The U.S. and European breeding operations of American billionaire John Malone dominated the top of the market on opening day of the Arqana December breeding stock sale in Deauville.

Malone’s Bridlewood Farm in Florida spent €900,000, the day and sales top price, for 4-year-old Embellishment, an unraced Galileo—Sophisticat mare in foal to 2014 European Horse of the Year Kingman.

Sophisticat is one of 10 winners from Serena’s Song, including Gr2 winners Harlington and Grand Reward, Gr3 winner Schramsberg, and Serena’s Tune, her first foal who was a multiple stakes winner and the second dam of Noble Tune and Honor Code.

Presented by Haras d’Etreham, Embellishment is a daughter of 2002 Coronation Stakes (Gr1) victress Sophisticat, a French classic-placed daughter of U.S. champion 3-year-old filly and Hall of Famer Serena’s Song.

Embellishment is a half sister to French stakes winner and stakes producer Sefroua (Kingmambo) and English Gr1-placed Pursuit of Glory (Fusaichi Pegasus).

“She is for Bridlewood Farm, Ballylinch’s sister farm in Florida, which developed this whole family,” O’Connor said. “The Kingman cover is a nice plus, but it is definitely the female line that appealed to us. John Malone is extremely keen on this family, he already bought a very nice Tapit to get back into it. The Kingman foal will probably come back to Europe and may be sold.”

– extract bloodhorse.com

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