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Montmartre bought by French National Stud

THE Aga Khan's impressive Grand Prix de Paris winner Montmartre has been purchased by the French National Stud in a deal brokered by Ghislain Bozo of Meridien International.

He will stand at the Haras National du Pin in Normandy at a fee of €4,000.

Bozo said:  "Montmartre is beautifully bred, a son of Montjeu out of a Linamix mare. He has physical presence, class and form on the racecourse, and is very handsome.

"Twenty shares in the stallion will now be made available in France. This syndication is a new venture for the National Studs, who have already invested in the stallions Falco and Stormy River, both based at privately-owned studs."

A four-year-old son of Montjeu out of the Group 3 winner Artistique, Montmartre was bred in France by the late Jean-Luc Lagardere's breeding operation and was part of the lock, stock and barrel purchase of Lagardere's bloodstock interests by the Aga Khan in 2005.

He was unraced at two, and at three won three races including the Grand Prix de Paris by four lengths from Prospect Wells. That effort saw him shoot to the head of ante-post betting lists for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, but an injury prevented him from being trained for the Longchamp showpiece.

A recurrence of that injury led to the Aga Khan announcing earlier this month that Montmartre would not race again.

In the international classifications for 2008, Montmartre was rated 125, on a par with Big Brown, Henrythenavigator, Goldikova, Youmzain, Zenyatta and Conduit.





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