Z. Lupa

August horse auction sales

Ten thoroughbred horse sales are organized every year by ARQANA, including the historical August Yearling sale and a great race weekend at the Deauville-La Touques racecourse. For 3 days, about 300 colts and fillies, mainly coming from prestigious Norman stud farms, will be parading in the ring. In 2018, they were auctioned for an average amount of € 165,000. The Deauville sale, a must in the world of horse races, attracts professionals from all over the world. The haras des Monceaux are carefully getting ready.

Meeting with Antoine Bellanger, yearling manager at the Haras de Monceaux

Co-owning a horse

J. Jacquemot

Co-ownership formulas known as “écuries de groupe” (literally “group stables”) emerged recently. It’s an extraordinary experience! These formulas are available at various prices depending on your budget: for example, starting from € 50/year for the Écuries Club RMC, with over 15,000 members in 5 years. ARQANA – organizer of the famous sales of Deauville - also created his own program of “écuries de groupe” in 2013, known as ARQANA Racing Club. At a cost ranging from € 10,000 to € 20,000, 20 to 40 people can become the co-owners of 4 thoroughbred horses whose care expenses are covered for two years. They have access to stud farms, professionals and the sale backstage.

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Three extraordinary horses sold in Deauville


Urban Sea, "the Matron"

Introduced by the Haras d’Etreham at the August Yearling Sale in 1990 -when she was bought for F 280,000 by coach Jean Lesbordes for Hong Kong owner David Tsui -, Urban Sea participated in the most prestigious race in the world when she was 3: the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Later on, she gave birth to two champions: Galileo and Sea The Stars, who are race leaders.


Almanzor, “the Champion of his generation”

Introduced by the same stud farm a few years later, in August 2014, Almanzor was auctioned for € 100,000 to coach Jean-Claude Rouget. After a skyrocketing success at the highest-level competitions in France, England and Ireland, and winning over 1 million Euros, he was nominated “Best 3-year male in Europe” in 2016. After this brilliant career, he returned to his native farm as a stallion. His first offspring were born in 2019.

Lo Chung Kit

Pakistan Star, “the horse who wanted to be different”

Auctioned for € 180,000 at the ARQANA ring in August 2014, Pakistan Star was brought to Hong Kong. With his particular running style, he became a real local celebrity. With a slow start but an unequalled final spurt, he is known by many fans for overtaking his adversaries in the very last meter. A cuddly toy representing the horse was also produced.