Le Metayer puts his faith in Siyouni once again

Lydia Symonds - Sunday December 10

With plenty of Australian activity at the Tattersalls December Mare Sale, buyers from the southern hemisphere made their presence felt during the first session of the Arqana Breeding Stock Sale yesterday with prominent agents Louis Le Metayer, Damon Gabbedy and William Johnson all securing mares on the first day of the Deauville sale.

Astute Bloodstock’s Le Metayer made the big splash at the beginning of the day when he forked out €380,000 (approx. AU$621,700) for Sivka Burka (Siyouni), whose three victories included one at Listed level, and she was narrowly denied a second stakes win when being downed by a short-neck in the Prix de Saint-Cyr (Listed, 1400m) last month. 

Offered by Sumbe, the three-year-old is out of Dynadin (Giant’s Causeway), who is herself out of dual Grade 1 winner Dynaforce (Dynaformer), making her a sister to Listed-winner Aljezeera (Frankel). 

Siyouni (Pivotal) has enjoyed enormous success in Australia and is represented by four stakes winners and they are headed by Group 1-winning star Amelia’s Jewel, whose dam Bumbasina (Canford Cliffs) was bought by Le Metayer – on behalf of the mare’s breeder Peter Walsh – for 75,000gns at the Tattersalls July Mixed Sale in 2018.  

Le Metayer told ANZ Bloodstock News that all options are open for three-year-old filly.

“There are a couple of different options; either we send to Australia and race her on and she would be Saturday class in stakes races, which we will very likely do,” he said. “Siyouni has such good stats in Australia and he is a world-class stallion. 

“Or the other plan would be to keep her, race her on again and then send her to Frankel. Frankel does so well with those Pivotal-line mares. It is a bit of a magic cross, so we might do that. I like the fact she goes on firm ground, she’s on-pace and she’s tough.”

The Frankel/Pivotal (Polar Falcon) cross has proved successful time and time again, having produced seven stakes winners, headed by five Group 1 winners, including dual Group 1 winner Hungry Heart. 

Away from the sale, Le Metayer confirmed that Bumbasina had produced a brother to Amelia’s Jewel and was back in foal to the Aga Khan resident. 

“Bumbasina has a lovely colt at foot and he is a brother to Amelia’s Jewel and he looks amazing. She is back in foal to Siyouni and she is on her way back to Australia to Segenhoe,” he said.  

“He will get weaned when he arrives in Australia and the colt will be going to Magic Millions or Easter 2025. I love him. He has the brain of his sister and he has an incredible temperament, he’s so chilled and that is why we were confident to put him on a plane as a foal, he is just so composed.”

 

 

 

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