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Deauville sales end with healthy figures.

THE Agence Francaise August Sale at Deauville ended on Thursday, with healthy results being recorded.

Although the percentage of horses sold was slightly down on last year's figure, the aggregate for the six-day sale of Ff176.2 million (pounds 17.6m) was more than 10 per cent up on 1998, while the average of Ff443,529 (pounds 44,576) represented a rise of nearly nine per cent.

Philippe Augier, managing director of Agence Francaise, said: "I'm very satisfied with the results, which have to be compared with two previous boom years.

"A record 42 yearlings were sold for a million francs or more, and they were shared among 14 different studs and 20 different buyers."

There was a downside to the sale. "During the final three days, the turnover and average were down," said Augier. "This was due to the French market, and I fear there were no new domestic buyers."

The Maktoum family was less active than in past years, with its purchases accounting for 17 per cent of the sale, compared to 22 per cent in 1998.

The first crops sired by Anabaa and Ashkalani did exceptionally well. Their yearlings averaged Ff574,167 (pounds 57,705) and Ff828,750 (pounds 83,291) respectively.

Top buyer was Peter Doyle, who picked up 14 yearlings for aa aggregate of Ff12.5 million (pounds 1.25m).

Once again, Marc de Chambure's Haras d'Etreham was top consignor. But the Moussac family's Haras du Mezeray had an amazing sale, breeding the two top lots and selling all of its 29 yearlings for a total of Ff25.4 million (pounds 2.55m).
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Stoneham, Desmond
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 28, 1999
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