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Maqaasid (right): her half-sister Jamooh was bought by the Tsui family

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Coolmore buy dam of Montmartre for €520k

ARTISTIQUE promised to be one of the highlights of Arqana's December Breeding Stock Sale and she did not disappoint after Coolmore went to €520,000 for the dam of Group 1 winner Montmartreon Saturday.

Standing in company with Paul Shanahan and M.V. Magnier, it was Robert Nataf who had the final say for the 15-year-old daughter of Linamix over Tom Goff. Out of the Oaks d'Italia winner Armarama, she was offered in foal to Cape Cross.

Aside from the 2008 Grand Prix de Paris winner, Artistique is also the dam of Group 3 placed Artistica. Nataf said of the Aga Khan Studs consigned mare: "It is rare to be able to purchase the dam of such a good horse, and that was obviously what interested Coolmore."

Two years after buying the top price at this sale, the Tsui family nearly repeated history when going to €450,000 to secure the well related broodmare Jamooh early on in the sale.

Signed for by Nicolas de Watrigant's Mandore Agency, the four-year-old is a half-sister to this year's Classic placed filly Maqaasid, who finished third in the 1,000 Guineas for John Gosden in May. Offered from Haras du Quesnay, the mare is due to Invincible Spirit and now has a date with Sea The Stars.

Jamooh provided a profitable return for Freddy Head, who had purchased the daughter of Monsun for €110,000 fromher breeder Shadwell as a juvenile out of training at this sale in 2009. She was subsequently placed once for the handler in January.

With an opening bid of €100,000, competition was high for the mare, who is also a close relative of 1,000 Guineas winner Ghanaati and her first season sire half-brother Mawatheeq. Watrigant however eventually prevailed, with Nicolas de Chambure underbidder on behalf of Capital Pur Sang.

Later on in the evening, the agent was active once again for the same clients, picking up the dam of Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner Silver Frost, Hidden Silver (176) for €400,000 from Haras des Sablonnets.

An increasingly dominant presence in recent months, Teruya Yoshida's Shadai Farm became the new owners of May Kiersey, a three parts sister to this year's Epsom Derby winner Pour Moi, for the same price.

French agent Patrick Barbe, sitting in company with the Japanese magnate's son Tetsuya, signed for the daughter of Sadler's Wells, who was consigned by Haras d'Etreham. Yoshida jr summed up perfectly saying, "This is one that we really wanted."

Another going the same way is Classic Premio Regina Elena (Italian 2,000 Guineas) winner Evading Tempete. From the family of Daggers Drawn, the daughter of Dubai Destination eventually made €360,000.

Despite not being sold through the ring, the highest priced foal of the day proved to be a son of Montjeu out of Group placed Sky High Flyer (143) for €140,000. Offered from Haras d'Etreham, the colt was later purchased privately by Thierry Storme (B.S.I.N.V).

Waratah Thoroughbreds owner Paul Fudge entered into the fray when buying Insoumise (lot 161), a half sister to last year’s Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud winner Plumania for €350,000.

The Wertheimer brothers-bred is set to be the latest addition to Fudge’s rapidly increasing broodmare band, after Michael Goodbody had the final say for the daughter of Galileo.

Fudge is clearly a fan of the Champion sire, as in August he went to €1.7 million to secure one of his yearling daughters out of Sanjida, who is now in training with Andre Fabre.







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