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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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