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Good first time out for…

GALANTE DE FERBET at Machecoul on February 1st in a maiden race for 4 year-old AQPS (non-thoroughbred) over 2350m ( a mile and 3 ¾ furlongs). Ridden by Benjamin Hubert, she started in 5th, 6th position, at the end of the bend she seemed to find it hard to keep the pace, but re-started again and finished a courageous 3rd

 Benjamin told us she was easy, serious and courageous. And he also said that the very heavy going did not disturb her and that she would be able to run on a longer trip. 

  GALANTE DE FERBET is by Saddler Maker out of Valse de Ferbet and she was bred by Elevage Magerand and Béatrice Nicco.

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Good race

At Pau on January 31st, EMIRA DU GOUET finished 3rd in the cross-country race of the day over 4100m (2 miles and 4 ½ furlongs).   

 Ridden by Maxime Denuault, she performed a nice race even though she made a mistake over one hurdle and nearly fell… but Maxime managed to stay on board.  

   She didn’t finish as well as in her last two races because she lacked freshness…  

  EMIRA will now be quiet for a while, will come back from Pau… and then will prepare the spring cross-country races in our region.

We have a good mare with whom we’ll enjoy ourselves.

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1st win of the year!

On January 18th at Pornichet, SQUARE THIERS offered us the first win of the year for the stables but at the same time he opened his record. 

  Following various health problems, he had not run for a year and a half. He had a rest in Normandy and then after 4 months training, he ran again and won. 

 Ridden by Benjamin Hubert, he started in his own rhythm, came closer in the far straight and then got out on the outside and performed a nice finishing straight.  

As Benjamin told us, “he did it in an easy way!”     

 To sum it up, if our SQUARE THIERS has no more health problems, 2020 should be a good year for him and us.

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Another good…

….performance for EMIRA DU GOUET who finished 4th in a cross-country race over 4100m (2 miles and 4 ½ furlongs).    

 Ridden by Erwan Burelier, she jumped very well and finished well as usual. We have to point out that it was very good company.   

 We had chosen to run this good race (less runners) to make sure she would have a smooth race without incidents, as it is of course more risky when there are a lot of runners.   

  We want to protect our little EMIRA because she proved she had a potential.

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Nice race…

…for UMAHYA at Pau on January 10th! Ridden by Paulin Blot, she finished 3rd in a hurdle race over 3500m (2 miles and 1 ½ furlong). 

 This courageous filly who is also a good jumper, took the lead in the back straight (too soon!) but as she is tough, she didn’t weaken to finish in the last straight.  

  She is incredible this UMAHYA… She has a big heart!

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News about Wilfried Lajon

He fell off yesterday at Pau with IL DECOIFFE…    

 The fall was very spectacular and in front of our screen, all of us were very worried.   

 Wilfried was “lucky”, “he has only a broken collar bone!”       

  I take the opportunity to greet all these jockeys who have a difficult and dangerous job…a bit different from a tennis man being on the front page of the papers because he twisted his finger!!!

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Always in the frame

At Pornichet on January 2nd, our MAKSLEW was 3rd in a race for 4 year-olds over 3100m (a mile and 7 ½ furlongs).    

  Benjamin Hubert told us that the race went very fast and MAKSLEW found it hard to finish and went on in his own pace.  

  We are not going to take too much out of him. We’ll see him again on a Parisian track at the beginning of the spring.

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Our best wishes !

We wish you a very Happy New Year!
A lot of success with your horses, whether you are breeders, owners or partners in our two syndicates!
We also want to thank our staff without whom we could not do our job as trainers. 
A great thank you also to all our owners who are with us in happy and sad times. The trust they give us is enriching. We enjoy having a glass of champagne with them... or even a bottle at times!
All the best
Grégoire and Etienne  
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On December 30th at Deauville, KIEV won Prix Voltaire: a good level race (class 1) over 1900m (a mile and 1 ½ furlong).  

  Ridden in 2nd, 3rd position by Théo Bachelot, he got out outside the bend and performed a nice finishing straight…being very courageous, he won by half a length beating good horses.

Ecurie Five, the owners were quite satisfied, and so was Grégoire the trainer because they bought KIEV in a claiming race at Maisons-Laffitte and this win confirms how judicious the purchase was.

We are certainly going to enjoy ourselves with this KIEV in 2020.

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He is learning his job

At Pau on December 27th, MAINVILLIERS was 4th in a hurdle race for 4 year-olds over 3500m (2 miles and 1 ½ furlong).  

 Ridden by Stéphane Paillard, he started off the pace, came closer in the far straight and finished well. He was beaten by more experienced horses.  

  We are satisfied with this race because previously, MAINVILLIERS had a tendency to get stressed before the race but now he is far more relaxed and seems to have understood what we expected from him. 

  The objective of this good horse for 2020 will be Auteuil.

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The results

Date Race course Discipline Horse Jockey Result
18.02.2020 Fontainebleau Flat GALANTE DE FERBET Eddy Hardouin 3rd
15.02.2020 Machecoul Flat SHAKHELYA Benjamin Hubert 4th
10.02.2020 Angers Hurdles EBENE SACREE Marc-Olivier Belley 2nd
02.02.2020 Pau Hurdles UMAHYA Paulin Blot 5th
01.02.2020 Machecoul Flat GALANTE DE FERBET Benjamin Hubert 3rd
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