135 horses in Arqana Arabian Sale
In presence of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Arqana Arabian Sale was held at Saint-Cloud on Thursday, 3 October. The annual auction is considered the first of the events associated with the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend. A large turnout of horse owners and breeders from Qatar, France and other countries were present.
135 horses in training were displayed in the sale. They were divided into three categories: 2YOs (52), horses in training (38) and breeding stock (45). The sale saw a high percentage of purchases given the high quality of the displayed horses. It is an advantage that according to the rules of the sale, purchasers can run their newly bought racehorses in races with effect from today.
Present were the President of the Qatar and the Asian Equestrian Federations and Vice-Chairman of QREC Hamad bin Abdulrahman Al Attiyah, QREC CEO Nasser bin Sherida Al Kaabi, QREC Board Members Ahmed bin Mohammed Alabdulmalik and Abdulla bin Mohammed Al Kuwari, QREC Racing Manager Abdulla bin Rashid Al Kubaisi, Al Shahania Stud Director Abdulrahman Al Mansoor, and the Manager of the QREC Chairman and CEO offices Hesham Mohammed Al Ali.
The Arqana Arabian Sale is held every year in association with Qatar’s sponsorship of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend. It has been motivated by Qatar’s commitment to the Arabian breed and Arabian racing both in Qatar and overseas. Such commitment is demonstrated by running the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA) just 40 minutes before the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.