The stallion prospect Montmartre (Fr) (Montjeu - Artistique, by Linamix) was hammered down for €180,000 to Ghislain Bozo's Meridian International SARL to top Tuesday's final session of the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale.
Racing for His Highness the Aga Khan, Montmartre won his maiden at second asking, but was unplaced behind Vision d'Etat (Fr) (Chichicastenango) in the G1 Prix du Jockey Club. He bounced back to annex the G3 Prix du Lys less than three weeks later and concluded his brief career with a four-length success in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris. Montmartre previously stood at Haras du Pin.
"We are delighted to have secured Montmartre as he's already shown that he can produce good horses," Ghislain Bozo told Racing Post. "The plan now is for him to stand at Anthony Baudouin's Haras de Hoguenet."
From only small crops, Montmartre has been represented by Amour a Papa (Fr), second by a length to Avenir Certain (Fr) (Le Havre) in this year's G1 Prix de Diane.
Statistically, this year's December Sales held up well with those of 2013. Turnover of €27.1 million represented a slight increase over last year, while the average price advanced by 4.2%. The median figure of €17,000 was a 30.8% rise from 2013.
Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale
6 - 9 December 2014
|Average (% change)||€40,159 (+4.2%)||€38,528|
|Median (% change)||€17,000 (+30.8%)||€13,000|
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News / Arqana (p)