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Arqana Breeding Stock Day-1: $832k Aquarelle Bleue
Nicolas de Watrigant’s Mandore International Agency (acting on behalf of the Tsui family, who own this season’s 6-time Gr1-winning 3YO colt & European Horse-Of-The-Year Sea The Stars) out-bid Katsumi Yoshida’s Japan-based Northern Farm to pay top price of €520,000 (A$832,000) for 5YO mare Aquarelle Bleue (Sadler’s Wells-Aquarelliste, by Danehill) on Day-1 at the 3-day Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale at Deauville in France. Aquarelle Bleue (whose dam Aquarelliste is as triple Gr1-winner) was consigned by Haras du Mezeray & sold in-foal to former Darley shuttler Cape Cross. Aquarelle comes from a Wildenstein-bred family which includes Gr1-winners Artiste Royal, Cape Verdi & Angara.