Classic Winner Muskoka Fetches €1.3 Million at Arqana’s Arc Sale
Classic German Oaks winner, Muskoka, fetched a staggering €1.3 million at Arqana’s Arc Sale held on the eve of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Saint-Cloud racecourse. The highly-anticipated sale saw Muskoka, a standout among the offered lots, being sold to BBA Ireland. The filly, trained by Henk Grewe, previously raced under Stall Golden Goal and has notched several notable victories, including the G3 Brummerhofer Stuten-Meile, Listed Henkel Stutenpreis, and the G1 Preis der Diana in 2023. Muskoka is now expected to participate in the G1 Qatar Prix de l’Opera.
A Rich Pedigree and Remarkable Performance
Muskoka, a daughter of Sea The Moon, holds an €80,000 BBAG September Yearling Sale graduate title. She boasts an impressive pedigree, with her dam being an unraced half-sister to dual French Classic hero Brametot and from the family of the legendary Monsun. Her top-level victories, coupled with her rich lineage, make her a highly valuable prospect in racing circles.
Under the guidance of trainer Henk Grewe, Muskoka led a one-two-three finish for her Lanwades sire with her Preis der Diana win, suggesting that she has more to offer in racing terms. Her imminent participation in the G1 Qatar Prix de l’Opera is eagerly anticipated by racing enthusiasts.
Arc Sale Highlights
While Muskoka was undoubtedly the star of the Arc Sale, the event was not short of other high-profile sales. Freville, initially bought back at €1.175 million, was later sold privately for €1 million to Ecurie Haras du Cadran. Like Muskoka, Freville is entered in Sunday’s G1 Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac, adding an element of excitement to the forthcoming race.
Another highlight of the sale was the 2022 Deutsches Derby victor Sammarco. The son of Camelot, who won the Deutsches Derby and Bayerisches Zuchtrennen last season, is set to run in the Qatar Prix Dollar before being sold. Sammarco, a homebred of Gestut Park Wiedingen, also has two top-level placements to his credit.
The Arc Sale, held annually on the eve of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, has once again proven to be a key event in the racing calendar. The sale showcases a wide variety of Group winners and performers, offering racing enthusiasts and professionals alike the opportunity to witness and invest in some of the most promising horses in the sport.
With the sale concluded, the focus now shifts to the upcoming races. The G1 Qatar Prix de l’Opera and the G1 Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac promise to be thrilling contests, with Muskoka and Freville among the top contenders. As the racing world awaits these high-stakes races, the impressive sales at the Arc Sale underscore the enduring appeal and value of top-performing racehorses.
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