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Share in Montmartre tops Arqana finale

MONTMARTRE is set to continue his stallion career in France after a group of new and existing shareholders bought out the French National Stud for €180,000 during Tuesday's final session of the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale in Deauville.

Winner of the Grand Prix de Paris for the Aga Khan and Alain de Royer-Dupre, the son of Montjeu had stood since his retirement in 2009 at the Haras National du Pin. He covered at an advertised fee of €3,800 this season.

"We are delighted to have secured Montmartre as he's already shown that he can produce good horses," Ghislain Bozo said after the 21 shares offered were knocked down to his Meridian International.

"The plan now is for him to stand at Anthony Baudouin's Haras de Hoguenet."

A son of the Group 3-winning Linamix mare Artistique from the family of Kalaglow, the nine-year-old has made a promising start to his stud career with his daughter Amour A Papa highlighting his potential from small crops when second in the Prix de Diane this year.

"He is set to be very well supported next season as studs such as Ecurie des Monceaux and Quesnay, as well as the Dubois family, now have shares in him," Bozo said of Montmartre, who has 177 foals on the ground from five crops.

This year's Group 1 chase winner Fleur D'Ainay will start her breeding career in Ireland after George Mullins went to €165,000 to secure her on behalf of an undisclosed client.

Injured in training after her victory in the prestigious Prix Ferdinand Dufaure, the four-year-old daughter of Poliglote was subsequently retired by the Papot family, who decided to sell her due to their preference for buying youngsters instead of breeding.

"She has been bought for a client and will go to Ireland," Mullins said of the Philippe Peltier-trained filly. "It's great to be able to buy into a pedigree like hers. She may be covered by Martaline first."

Fleur D'Ainay is a half-sister to three black-type winners including Cleeve Hurdle victor Crystal D'Ainay.

Figures for the day showed increases all round, with turnover of €1,650,500, up a whopping 88 per cent on last year. The average increased by 74 per cent to €17,374, while the median finished at €8,500 with a clearance rate of 79 per cent.

The Aga Khan Studs once again finished as leading vendors over the four days, selling 30 mares for a total of €3,024,000, including the top lots on Sunday and Monday. It was Emmanuel de Seroux's Narvick International who took the same accolade in the buyers' division, purchasing seven horses for €2,210,000 including the top lot Alterite for €1.1 million.

For the first time in the history of the sale, the percentage of foals who changed hands topped that of the mares at just under 80 per cent compared with 74 per cent, signalling an increase in quality and demand from previous years.

The overall statistics were similar to those of last year, with a final aggregate of €27,094,000, an average of €40,259 and a median of €17,000.





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