A look back at the key markers from the 2023 edition
Returning to its three-part format, the October Yearling Sale was marked by strong demand at all levels, and recorded excellent results, confirming those achieved in the last two editions. Over the five days, 671 yearlings went through the ring, 52 lots less than the previous year. Testifying to the enthusiasm of buyers across all segments, the percentage of horses sold reached nearly 86% overall, an all-time record for this sale. The average price was €44,320 with a total turnover of €25,572,500. For the third year running, more than 60 horses made €100,000 or more.
At the end of the sale, ARQANA Chairman Éric Hoyeau and Bloodstock Director Ludovic Cornuel commented, “This year, the October Sale returned to its three-part format over five days, with the first part beginning on Tuesday to take into account the schedules of professionals. Overall, the results of this year’s sale were very good, and we can only be delighted. The October Sale has confirmed its strength, with sales exceeding €25 million for the third year running. The yearling sales calendar has proved its importance, with the cumulative average for the first three sales dates in August, v.2 and October up by 18% at nearly €90,000.We would like to thank all our vendors and their staff for their hard work during such a busy week. We would also like to thank the buyers who put the October Sale on their calendar and were particularly active. We look forward to seeing you in November for the last yearling sale of the year and the Autumn Sale.”
Écurie des Monceaux leading vendor
With 21 colts and fillies sold for a total of €2,568,000, Ecurie des Monceaux, managed by Henri Bozo, were leading vendors at the sale. In second place on the vendors’ table was La Motteraye Consignment with 33 lots sold for a total of €2,095,000. Haras des Capucines followed on with 35 lots sold for a total of €2,025,000.
Nicolas de Watrigant top buyer at the 2023 sale
With 23 yearlings bought for a total of €2,239,000, Nicolas de Watrigant (Mandore International Agency) finished the sale as leading buyer. Anthony Stroud and Matt Coleman struck for 14 lots for a total of €2,180,000, while recent Arc winning trainer Jean-Claude Rouget signed for 12 yearlings for a total of €983,000.