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French breeder of the day : Haras de Marais, Isabelle and Nicolas Simon

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The Haras des Marais was created in 1994 by Isabelle and Nicolas Simon, who celebrated one of their best victories ever when their grey Vanillier won the Spa Hurdle (Gr1) today at Cheltenham. Trained in Ireland by Gavin Cromwell, he made it up for his first test in a Gr1, last time out in Leopardstown,[…..]

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Bloodstock agent of the day – Pierre Boulard (PB Bloodstock)

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Pierre Boulard is now a familiar figure for many top trainers in Britain and Ireland, and had two runners to cheer in the Gold Cup this season, Al Boum Photo and Kemboy. He’s been a key operator in the success of the French-breds over the Channel for many years. Pierre hails from a family that[…..]

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Le French-bred of the day – Vanillier

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The last two winners of the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle (Gr1), aka Spa Hurdle, are Monkfish and Minella Indo, who won the Broadway Novices’ Chase (Gr1) and the Gold Ciup (Gr1) this meeting. The fact that 6-year-old Vanillier won the hot 3-miler by no less than 11 lengths, that is 9 to eleven more than[…..]

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Le French-bred of the day- Allaho

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 As Rachael Blackmore was steering the French-bred to victory today, Allaho became the 8th consecutive winner of the Ryanair Chase (Gr1). Now 7, the gelding was bred in the Sarthe, 2 hours West of Paris, by Eric Leffray (see below). He ran once in France for Guy Chérel and owner M L Bloodstock. He finished[…..]

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Le French breeder of the day: Eric Leffray

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Eric Leffray and his son Thomas bred Allaho in Mayenne out of a Turgeon unraced mare bred by the Devin family. Allaho is her 4th foal, and three others are born after him, that is, an unraced full sister, a Spanish Moon filly who made €38,000 last November at Arqana (click here for her catalogue[…..]

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Bloodstock agent of the day: Guy Petit

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Born in Lyon, Guy Petit grew up wanting to become a jockey finally became a bloodstock agent based in France specialized in the purchase of flat horses aimed towards jump careers for the British and Irish market. He worked closely with reputed trainers such as Ferdy Murphy, Philip Hobbs, Venetia Williams, Sally and Robert Alner,[…..]

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A French-bred to follow – Royale Pagaille

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His name, which can be translated “Royal Mess”, suggested he was a party crasher, and Royale Pagaille surely lives up to it since he became a last minute addition to this year’s Gold Cup, on Friday at the Festival. Still a novice, he was aimed first at the national Hunt Chase won by Galvin on[…..]

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Tomorrow at Cheltenham

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This is the final call for glory! Three Group 1 races are on the card on day 4, including a Gold Cup that could complete the return to the top of the French regiment after its first two days hiatus. Six of the 12 declared runners come from France, including the two favourites, Al Boum[…..]

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Le French-bred of the day: Sceau Royal

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Sceau Royal was travelling extremely well behind the front-running Rouge Vif after they’d jumped the 3rd last in the Queen Mother, the highlight of the day. However, soon after that, he was « badly squeezed out and nearly brought down” according to the Racing Post comments in running and never quite recovered from that to finish[…..]

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Le French breeder of the day: Nicolas de Lageneste (Haras de Saint-Voir)

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If Nicolas de Lageneste were a horse, he’d probably be one of the best-footed ever. Everything in his career as a breeder, an owner and a trainer, a horseman as a whole, has been a success. Not an overnight success, but the result of a slow maturation, like good wines kindly nurtured and brought into[…..]

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Bloodstock agent of the day: Bertrand Le Métayer (BLM Bloodstock)

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Bertrand Le Métayer’s father Pierre-Charles was a bloodstock agent and sent some of the first French top jumpers in Ireland and Britain, such as Queen Mother victors Klairon and Edredon Bleu. Bertrand followed suit after a Worldwide cursus that took him to Ireland (Tattersalls Ireland), Britain (Tattersalls), South Africa (Summerhil & Varsfontein Stud) and Kentucky[…..]

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Bloodstock agent of the day: Joffret Huet (JH Bloodstock Ltd)

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Joffret Huet started his romance with Britain about 25 years ago, when he joined Martin Pipe’s yard as a morning rider. He stayed around 8 years and rode a few winners for the master trainer, and in France, before a series of accidents convinced him it was time to start over as a bloodstock agent.[…..]

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A French-bred to follow: Dandy Mag

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Every horse whose name ends with “Mag” and is an AQPS is bred by Audoin Maggiar, mostly in his Nievre headquarters, which are situated next to the Cypres brothers. The stud farms in these parts could remind us of the vincinity of Bordeaux, or rather the closer Burgundy top vineyards: you bump on horses related[…..]

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Tomorrow at Cheltenham

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Even though he’s not in one of the major championships of the festival, the unbeaten Envoi Allen drags a lot of interest in this 3rd day at the Festival. The French-bred AQPS already won twice at the meeting, in the bumper two years ago -an exercise tant is not familiar with French horses, and in[…..]

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A French-bred to follow: Botox Has

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5-year-old gelding Botox Has is a son of the French Derby winner Dream Well out of Bournie, a dual winner over Cagnes-sur-Mer’s obstacles, sired by Epsom and Irish Derby winner Kahyasi. Bred by Carlos José de Souza Pedro’s famous Hamel Stud (the “Has” suffix), in Normandy, Botox Has started his career for his breeder at[…..]

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A French-bred to follow: Botox Has

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5-year-old gelding Botox Has is a son of the French Derby winner Dream Well out of Bournie, a dual winner over Cagnes-sur-Mer’s obstacles, sired by Epsom and Irish Derby winner Kahyasi. Bred by Carlos José de Souza Pedro’s famous Hamel Stud (the “Has” suffix), in Normandy, Botox Has started his career for his breeder at[…..]

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French breeder of the day: Bruno Vagne, breeder of Arkle Novices’ Chase 2nd Eldorado Allen

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Any French-bred horse with the suffix “Allen” is bred by Bruno and Michèle Vagne in the Allier. Everybody expects his Envoi Allen to win the Golden Miller Novices’ Chase (Gr1) on Thursday as one of the shortest-priced favourites of the meeting, but on Tuesday, another horse bred by Bruno proved a worthy import when finishing[…..]

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Tomorrow at the Festival

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French jumpers usually fare well in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the highlight of the Festival’s second day. Sprinter Sacré, dual winner in 2013 and 2016, and Politologue, the winner of last edition, are the most recent example of a trend started in 1996 by Klairon Davis and repeated 10 times since. Once again, a[…..]

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James du Berlais – Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Gr1)

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5-year-old James du Berlais (Muhtathir) will start for the first time outside France in one of the most competitive races of the 2021 Festival, the Champion Hurdle (Gr1). Robert Collet formerly trained him at Chantilly. In June last year, he was purchased privately by Simon Munir & Isaac Souede after a commanding success at Auteuil[…..]

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Hubert Barbe (HB Bloodstock & Horse Racing Advisory)

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Hubert Barbe started as an assistant to his father, trainer Jack-Hubert Barbe, a 6-times Jumps champion trainer in France, before settling as a bloodstock agent in 1993. He was one of the first to source French jumpers to Britain and Ireland, mainly for Martin Pipe. They developed a very successful relationship until the trainer’s retirement.[…..]

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François-Xavier and Anne Doulce Lefeuvre, breeders of Épatante

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The breeders of Epatante didn’t make it to the 2020 Festival, and they did not see their mare win the Champion Hurdle for J P McManus. It’s not that they were not willing to go, only that they are a bit superstitious. They had made the trip a year before, and their darling Epatante had[…..]

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MATHIEU LEGARS AND MARTA KUBICKA JOIN THE ARQANA TEAM

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ARQANA begins 2019 by strengthening its sales and marketing teams with the arrival of Mathieu Legars and Marta Kubicka. Eric Hoyeau, ARQANA’s President explains: “In an increasingly competitive international environment, ARQANA intends to equip itself with all the necessary means to fly the flag high for French breeding, encourage new buyers and vendors and promote[…..]

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MATHIEU LEGARS AND MARTA KUBICKA JOIN THE ARQANA TEAM

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ARQANA begins 2019 by strengthening its sales and marketing teams with the arrival of Mathieu Legars and Marta Kubicka. Eric Hoyeau, ARQANA’s President explains: “In an increasingly competitive international environment, ARQANA intends to equip itself with all the necessary means to fly the flag high for French breeding, encourage new buyers and vendors and promote[…..]

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AUTUMN SALE FIGURES KEEP STEADY

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The final day of the Autumn Sale, comprising 177 yearlings, reached its peak three lots from the end of proceedings when an athletic son of Authorized (lot 632) from the draft of Haras de la Pérelle walked through the ring. Out of a half-sister to leading sire MONSUN, hence closely related to dual Classic scorer[…..]

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PRIX MIESQUE WINNER DEVANT HAS JOINED THE BREEDING STOCK SALE CATALOGUE

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Bred by Ecurie des Monceaux, the filly DEVANT will go under the hammer at the auction as a Wild Card as lot 170. The two-year-old has a rating of 102, having won the Prix Miesque (Gr.3) with authority for Henri-Alex Pantall in the colours of Team Valor this season after her second placed effort in[…..]

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SELECTIVE NATIONAL HUNT SESSION TOPPED BY €160,000 YEARLING SON OF MARTALINE

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The second day of the 2018 Autumn Sale for the first time featured a revamped offering of two-year-old stores and National Hunt yearlings, having previously exclusively catered for the latter category. Selectivity, a word that has been used so many times to describe the market at recent bloodstock sales, was very much the order of[…..]

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€265,000 VALAJANI TOPS OPENING SESSION OF AUTUMN SALE

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The opening session of the 2018 Autumn Sale, which catered for horses in training under both codes, witnessed solid trade illustrated by an 89% clearance rate and average price almost identical to last year at €23,520. There was an air of Babel around the Deauville sales grounds with buyers having flocked from every corner of[…..]

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5 QUALITY WILD CARDS JOIN THE AUTUMN SALE

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Following their recent eye-catching performances, five horses-in-training have been added to the Autumn Sale catalogue through the Wild Card system. They will go through the ring on November 19. A recent second in the Italian St. Leger (Gr.3) behind the very consistent O’JUKE, VALAJANI is lot 160. Trained by the German handler Markus Klug, he[…..]

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FINEST FRENCH FLAT AND NATIONAL HUNT BLOODLINES ON OFFER AT 2018 BREEDING STOCK SALE

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From Japan to the United States, fillies and mares bought at ARQANA’s Breeding Stock Sale have shone at the highest level thoughout the 2018 racing season. Out of Haras du Mezeray’s outstanding mare LUNE D’OR, for which Katsumi Yoshida paid €750,000 in 2010, FIEREMENT recently won the Kikuka Sho (Gr.1), the Japanese St. Leger. On[…..]

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10 additional lots for the Maisons-Laffitte NH sale

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Ten lots have been added to the 100% NH sale that will be held on 2nd November at Maisons-Laffiitte, including 3YOs: Lot 97a, HAPPY MONARCH (Saint des Saints), easy winner of the Grande Courses de Haies de l’Ouest at Nantes on 4th October, Lot 97b, FUN DES MOTTES (Aqps, f., Martaline), who won a bumper[…..]

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OCTOBER YEARLING SALE CONCLUDES WITH FIGURES CLOSE TO RECORD LEVELS

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The final, abbreviated session of the 2018 October Yearling Sale posted consistent results headlines by a 83% clearance rate. The highest price of €37,000 was paid by BBA Ireland for a colt from the first crop of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf hero Outstrip, offered by Haras de Beauvoir. The overall average price for the four[…..]

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€230,000 HALF-SISTER TO BOUSSAC SCORER LILY’S CANDLE’S TOPS DAY 3 OF OCTOBER YEARLING SALE

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A Group 1 update helped propel the highest price on day three of the October Yearling Sale close to record levels and was exemplary of figures generally holding steady. Over the catalogue’s two-day Part II, the average price rose 1.5% from last year’s renewal to reach €30,335 and the clearance rate almost held up at[…..]

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FIRST THINGS FIRST AS SOLDIER HOLLOW FILLY TOPS DAY 2 OF OCTOBER YEARLING SALE

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The very first lot through the ring for the two-day Part II of the October Yearling Sale became one of the four six-figure yearlings on the day, commanding a price tag that remained unmatched until the end of the session. Overall results proved marginally down from the record-breaking 2017 renewal with the exact same number[…..]

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AUTUMN SALE: 199 NATIONAL HUNT YOUNGSTERS AND GUY CHEREL REDUCTION SALE HEADLINE THE AUCTION

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With every year that passes, the Autumn Sale further confirms its place as one of the best sources of National Hunt performers, with names such as TZIGANE DU BERLAIS, the recent Velka Pardubicka winner, bought as a yearling by Chris Richner from Haras de Grandcamp, FARCLAS, BALKO DES FLOS, MIN, ARKALON, TRAFFIC FLUIDE, AGRAPART, ROI[…..]

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€360,000 SIYOUNI FILLY TOPS PART I OF OCTOBER YEARLING SALE

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The opening session of the October Yearling Sale, making up Part I of the catalogue, returned a set of contrasted figure with a clearance rate of 78.2%, in line with last year’s score, but decreases in average (€66,370, down 10%) and median (€50,000, down 14%) prices. “There was a definite strength in depth at the[…..]

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€470,000 GROUP-PLACED 2YO INSANDI TOPS ARC SALE FOR MANDORE AND SUNDERLAND

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The 2018 Arc Sale saw a final total of 27 horses walk through the ring, of which 24 (65%) changed hands for a cumulated €4,318,000 and an average price of €179,917. Trade was topped by two-year-old colt INSANDI (lot 6), who was snapped up for €470,000 by Nicolas de Watrigant on behalf of Ling &[…..]

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THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS’ ASSOCIATION DONATES 1/1000th OF PREMIUMS RECEIVED BY MEMBERS TO AU-DELA DES PISTES

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As a major player in the racing industry and aware of the importance of taking care of thoroughbreds at the end of their racing careers, the Federation des Eleveurs du Galop (Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association) has shown their support for Au-Dela Des Pistes. This is in the form of an annual donation corresponding to 1/1000th of[…..]

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LISTED WINNER HAPPY ODYSSEY AND THE AGA KHAN’S VADIYANN JOIN THE ARC CATALOGUE

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Two more horses with impressive recent performances have been added to the Arc Sale at Saint-Cloud this Saturday when they will go through the ring as Wild Cards. The eye-catching winner by two lengths of the Listed Prix Sacara last week in front of the consistent GOLCONDA, the two-year-old filly HAPPY ODYSSEY will go under[…..]

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THREE PROMISING TWO-YEAR-OLDS BOOST THE ARC SALE CATALOGUE

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Three two-year-olds that have created impressions when winning on their most recent starts have been added as Wild Cards to the Arc Sale on October 6 at Saint-Cloud. CONTROVENTO (lot 10), trained by Alessandro Botti, won on his debut by six lengths at Divonne-Les-Bains over 1700m last Sunday. This son of George Vancouver carried the[…..]

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THREE PROMISING THREE-YEAR-OLDS JOIN THE PUREBRED ARABIAN SALE CATALOGUE

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Taking place on Thursday, October 4 at Saint-Cloud, the Purebred Arabian Sale will have the addition of three supplementary horses-in-training to the catalogue as Wild Cards. All aged three, two out of these are already Group placed. Trained by Damien de Watrigant, SEA BIRD AL MAURY carries lot 100. This son of Mijdadd most recently[…..]

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