Buoyed by the growing and evident interest of Australians for French racing, Laurent Benoît (Broadhurst Agency) launched a syndicate exclusively dedicated to Australians and christened « Aussies in France » Racing Club in 2014, with the support of ARQANA Racing Club.
An initiative which has already been widely acclaimed in both hemispheres
The syndicate provides an opportunity for 40 or so Australians to have runners in France under the care of master trainer Alain de Royer-Dupré, and at the same time to shape future Cup prospects which could be successful on Australian soil after starting their career in France.
In addition to its sporting aspect, the syndicate strives to open the doors to its Australian audience to the backstages of racing, training and breeding in France in optimal and privileged conditions; a truly unique package.
Gai Waterhouse completes a team tailor made for success The team is made up of respected industry professionals which have developed a detailed knowledge of French and Australian markets. After Laurent Benoît (Broadhurst Agency) – in charge of purchasing horses on behalf of the syndicate and of monitoring their race careers, and Alain de Royer Dupré – trainer for the syndicate in France, « Aussies in France » Racing Club is delighted to welcome iconic trainer Gai Waterhouse, in whose care the horses will be in Australia.
Daughter of the illustrious trainer T.J. Smith and known for her ceaseless energy, she has taken up the family torch with great success, constantly adding new victories and distinctions to her race record. A member of the Australian Hall of Fame since 2007, she was the quickest trainer
to reach over 110 Group 1 races and became the first woman to win the Melbourne Cup in 2013 with the European bred Fiorente.
« We are truly delighted and honoured to welcome Gai Waterhouse at the heart of our syndicate. A real celebrity in the southern hemisphere, her record is particularly eloquent and the recent performances of Fiorente in the Melbourne Cup (Gr.1) last year and in the Australian Cup (Gr.1) just a few days ago show once again her ability to shape and bring out European horses at the highest level.
« Aussies in France » Racing Club is proud to have two of the best trainers in both hemispheres !», explained Laurent Benoît.
Gai Waterhouse for her part added: « I am thrilled to have been chosen as the trainer for this exciting and innovative new venture, the Aussies in France Racing Club. I have had a great deal of success with horses imported from Europe, with the likes of Fiorente, Julienas, Glencadam Gold and The Offer winning time-honoured classics such as the Melbourne Cup and the Australian Cup. I look forward to sharing in the joys and successes of racing horses with all of the shareholders involved».