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….of FILLE D’AVRIL to the Deauville sales on February 14th.

Actually she has just been bought by a breeder of the south west who fell in love with her when seeing her in the parade ring.

We are a bit sad to see her going but we know she will be well looked after by this breeder and we will be happy to see her first foals. Thank you to this super mare who gave us so much pleasure and who was the lance head of the syndicate Le Pied A L’Etrier.

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At Pornichet,

On February 12th, SQUARE THIERS performed a nice come back when finishing 3rd over 2100m (a mile and 2 ½ furlongs) ridden by Adrien Fouassier.

He started in 5th, 6th position on the outside and performed a nice race. Then SQUARE THIERS entered the straight and moved well to finish.

Adrien confirmed that he will be much better on longer straights and grass tracks.

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News from…

…..BUBBLE SEA. Our good AQPS (non-thoroughbred) mare who had a nice career went to Nièvre. Actually she will be covered by Coastal Path at Haras de Cercy.

If the foal is good-looking like his (her) sire and if he (she) has the quality of his (her) dam…he (she) will have a nice future!

It is nice to dream!!!

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First foal…

Last night at Haras de la Monerie in Normandy, TROTOT had a filly foal by Spanish Moon.

TROTOT is the sister of DELIRANT (who was exported to Ireland). And it is the offspring of our family: Gondleen, Chriseti, Kusea,…Bubble Sea, etc…

And as every time we have a foal, we imagine we have a future star!

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First win of 2018 for…

…..Etienne and Grégoire who opened their account of 2018 with a horse of our syndicate Le Pied A L’Etrier, FANTASTIC BERE.

At Pornichet on January 27th, he won brilliantly Prix Solent, a maiden race for 3 year-olds over 1700m (a mile and ½ a furlong), ridden by Adrien Fouassier.

He jumped off better than we planned and pulled a bit, Adrien took the lead from the first bend and the horse was going easy!

Then at the entrance of the straight, FANTASTIC accelerated and won easily.

We are going to give him some time to recuperate before a next entry.

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Noticeable first time out!

On January 11th at Pornichet, ECU DES FOSSES finished 2nd in Prix Laffitte, a maiden race over 3100m (1 mile and 7 ½ furlongs).

He didn’t take a good start and it took a full trip around the race-course for this superb bay horse to understand what he was supposed to do!! His jockey, Arnaud Bourgeais made the decision to go forward and took the lead one turn before the finishing post. Good for him, because in front the horse was easy and relaxed. Well balanced in the finishing straight, he went on and was just beaten three quarters of a length by the favorite.

ECU DES FOSSES is by Denham Red out of Sarah des Fosses, he belongs to Pierre de la Guillonnière and was bred by Joël Choveau.

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Summit meeting!

Every year at Les Landes, we meet together with Paul Terpereau, Jean-Philippe Vinet and Jessica Besnardeau, our chartered accountant, to debate about the horses of our syndicate, Le Pied A L’Etrier: preparation of our General Assembly which will take place on February 24th at Les Landes and discussion on the future of the horses of the syndicate.

And one month later, on March 24th at Les Landes a meeting is planned with the present shareholders and the future shareholders of our other syndicate Le Mors aux Dents.

We’ll debate the horses and their future and like each time, we’ll finish this meeting with a moment of conviviality.

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This result doesn’t reflect…

…her quality…

At Pau on January 2nd, PASSIONNANTAISE ran first time out in a chase. She jumped pleasantly, but her jockey Hugo Lucas had chosen to go along the rail… which was a bad idea as she didn’t manage to cope with the very heavy ground and paid for it at the finish.

Let’s trust her…PASSIONNANTAISE is going to win her race in 2018!!!

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On a track which was….

…. hardly suitable, at Pau on January 2nd, RADIOLOGUE behaved well, he finished 3rd in Prix Joseph Biraben: a hurdle race over 3400m (2 miles and 1 furlong).

Ridden by Hugo Lucas, they started among the leading horses and kept this place all the time. But at the moment of the final effort, RADIOLOGUE didn’t accelerate and as usual stayed on in his own pace… he didn’t go slower but didn’t go faster either!!!

In 2018, Dear RADIOLOGUE, you’ll have to win! Good to have places, ….yes, but we look forward to a win!!

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The results

Date Race course Discipline Horse Jockey Result
18.02.2018 Machecoul Flat DOREMIFA DE CLISOU Maryline Eon 5th
15.02.2018 Angers Hurdles PASSIONNANTAISE Hugo Lucas Winner
15.02.2018 Angers Chase RADIOLOGUE Hugo Lucas 3rd
12.02.2018 Pornichet Flat SQUARE THIERS Adrien Fouassier 3rd
04.02.2018 Machecoul Flat EBENE SACREE Nicolas Even 3rd
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