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Artiste Royal retired to Haras d'Etreham

DUAL Grade 1 winner Artiste Royal has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Marc de Chambure's Haras d'Etreham in Normandy next year, in a deal brokered by bloodstock agents Robert Nataf and Shawn Dugan, wife of the horse's trainer Neil Drysdale.

The eight-year-old, who has been bought for a syndicate of French breeders, will be one of the last sons ofDanehill to retire to stud, along with Champs Elysees, who joins the stallion roster at Juddmonte's Banstead Manor Stud next year.

Hailing from an exceptional family nurtured by the Wildenstein family, Artiste Royal is a brother to triple Group 1 winner Aquarelliste out of the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches runner-up Agathe, herself a half-sister to Breeders' Cup Classic hero Arcangues.

Artiste Royal began his career in France, where his biggest victory came at the expense of Diamond Green in the Group 3 La Coupe at Longchamp at four.

Sold to race in the US at the end of his four-year-old season, he was third to Boboman inthe Hollywood Turf Cup at five, won the Clement L. Hirsch Turf Memorial Championship at six and the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap at seven, and captured the Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita earlier this year.

Nataf said: "Make no mistake, Artiste Royal will be the best-bred stallion standing in France next year - this is an outstanding family that French horsemen know very well.

"He was unbelievably tough on the racecourse, and was very consistent over six seasons. He will be a huge boost for French breeders, who have been desperately looking for top stallions."

Artiste Royal is the third new recruit to the Etreham roster in 2010 after Elusive City and Pomellato. Fees will be announced later in the year.

 

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