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We are now re-assured!

ZANZETI had a moderate comeback race at Angers 10 days ago (too bad to be true)… and today on May 25th, he ran at Châteaubriant and finished 4th in a maiden race for colts and geldings over 1m5f.   

 He was ridden by Ronan Thomas in 4th, 5th position all around, he accelerated at the end of the bend still in the same position, weakened a bit mid straight but relaunched himself to finish well…

Ronan told us that he was a bit green in the middle of the field but proved to be able to fight in the finishing straight.

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She ran well

SHAKHELYA had a comeback race at Châteaubriant on May 25th in a maiden race for fillies over 1m5f.

She finished 5th ridden by Ronan Thomas. She started close to the lead (which was not planned) but there was a bit of a mess in the first bend and therefore Ronan made the decision to go forward and take the lead.

Ronan told us that in the finishing straight he made the mistake to fight with the winner who had accelerated all of a sudden and that if he had not done so he would have been 2nd.  

 A good debriefing and a good come back race… As a conclusion, we have a good filly!    

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We tried…

… and it was very positive.   

 OR GRIS had an entry at Lyon in a big handicap (“quinté”)… but considering the trip to Lyon and the very high temperatures on the race-course, we were not that enthusiastic about it.

The decision was made to supplement him in the Group 3 Prix Barbeville over 1m7f at Deauville (this is a race which is normally run at Longchamp).

He behaved really well and finished 4th, one more step and he would have been 3rd (let’s not forget that the horses in front of him were Group 1 winners).

His jockey Alexis Badel told us that the horse had changed a lot and improved since last year and he had only given him a small crack on the shoulder and thus avoided to give him a hard race!    

  He is a horse who has been preserved and he has a nice future in front of him.

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She opened her record

GALANTE DE FERBET won first time over jumps at Vichy on May 17th. It was a hurdle race over 3500m (2m 1½f).   

Ridden close to the lead by Marc Olivier Belley, she jumped remarkably well, was straight, serious and full of will.     

   In the finishing straight, she just accelerated to win easily.         

   GALANTE DE FERBET by Saddler Maker out of Valse de Ferbet was bred in Nièvre by E. Magerand and Béatrice Nicco.  

 How happy the owners, Family Lopez, were!! This win warmed them up because their restaurant has been closed for the last two months, and they were not very high spirited. We don’t always realize the happiness horses can bring to their owners…

Thank you GALANTE!!

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“Not quite …

…ready”. This was what Pierre-Charles Boudot told us when getting off FLEUR DE L‘AIR after her comeback race at Vichy on May 17th.

It was a flat race for 4 and 5 year-old AQPS (non-thoroughbred) over 2600m (1m 5f). In a good position all around, FLEUR DE L’AIR weakened at a furlong from home and finished 4th

  She ran well but needed the race.   

   Her future: flat or jump… we’ll have to see!

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23.04.2020 The breeding operation is increasing…

In the night of April 23rd, QURISTINE had a nice and strong filly foal by KARAKTAR.

She was born at her co-breeders’ in Nièvre, Louis and Florence Couteaudier who told us: “she is good-looking and well set on her legs and the mare foaled without any problem”.  

 A foaling is not risk free and one is happy when everything goes well!

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23.04.2020 Good news

A decision has been made to resume racing on May 11th

May 11th         Longchamp flat   

May 11th             Compiègne jump 

May 12th      Saint-Cloud

  May 13th             Chantilly

  May 14th         Angers

And so on… you can see the dates in the different papers.

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Sweet little one!

On April 19th, WICCALINA had a filly foal by CLOVIS DU BERLAIS. She is similar to her half-sister (by NO RISK AT ALL) who is 2, tiny when she was born but we have just seen her being broken and she is splendid!

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When you see horses locked down in their paddock… we all feel like being a horse!! But, don’t be mistaken, they do work!

On the photograph, it is just a small relaxing time before going to the track… 

  Spring is here with its beautiful colors and horses start “coming in their coat”…. I mean they lose their winter coat… and even without being groomed, they are as bright as new coins!!

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A new foal is born…

OR GRIS, who won Grand Prix d’Angers last autumn, has just had a young sister by GRIS DE GRIS. She was born last night at Pierre Julienne’s Haras de la Monerie in Normandy.

In our vocabulary of horse people, we say “his full sister” because this filly foal has the same sire as OR GRIS, and obviously the same dam CAPRICE FLORE.                                                               

Progeny of CAPRICE FLORE:  

-OR GRIS by Gris de Gris           

 -DOC DEN a colt by Doctor Dino  

 -MAGNETIC FLORE a filly by Magnetic Jim

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The results

Date Race course Discipline Horse Jockey Result
01.06.2020 Dieppe Hurdles GIRL OF THE WORLD Ludovic Philiperon 2nd
01.06.2020 Dieppe Hurdles FAN OF SEA Ludovic Philiperon 2nd
01.06.2020 Dieppe Hurdles BALKANIE Ludovic Philiperon 4th
01.06.2020 Dieppe Hurdles GOSPEL D ALENE Ludovic Philiperon 5th
31.05.2020 Lignières Flat TINARILOU Axelle Nicco Winner
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