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Back to himself!

Our TRUCO finished 3rd in a flat race over 1m1½f at Deauville on January 3rd 2021. Ridden by Axelle Nicco, he missed the start but his jockey didn’t worry and brought him back with the field nice and quiet.

 At the entrance of the finishing straight, TRUCO changed gear and at a furlong from home he asked for a breather… and in spite of that managed to finish quite well. We are very happy for several reasons:   

 -he had not run for 8 months following castration. This operation was quickly decided as he didn’t finish his races and seemed to be annoyed by slightly too big testicles! It was a good decision.

–he was our first runner 

 -TRUCO ran for the first time with the colours of Ecurie Muserolle.

 –And Arthur Mendes, his breeder sent us a SMS from Brazil as he was quite happy to see the horse behaving well.

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He ran for the first time over jumps...

SHAMDAK finished 5th first time over hurdles in a race for 3 year-olds over 2m½f. 

 It was at Pau on December 31st.

  Ridden by Arthur Nail, the horse behaved well but unfortunately he made mistakes on the flat because of the very heavy going. And obviously, he doesn’t like that!    

His jockey confirmed it: “where the ground was firmer, he was going easy but in the last bend where the going was very heavy, he shortened his action and didn’t finish as I thought he would.” 

 SHAMDAK belongs to Ecurie JAB and Paul Terpereau, he was bred by His Highness K. Aga Khan. He is by Intello out of Shamsa.

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A filly…

…who is learning her job.  

 Our HERMINE MAG finished 4th second time out at Pornichet on December 26th. Ridden by Christopher Grosbois, she performed a serious race, was well placed in the finishing straight but stayed on in the same pace. 

 Debriefing: a serious filly, not mature yet, needs to run and she should improve for this race. HERMINE MAG belongs to her breeder Antoince Maggiar, she is by Silver Frost out of Reine de l’Aunay.

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A good race…

…for SHAKHELAYA who ran at Pau on December 24th in a hurdle race for 3 year-olds. 

   Ridden by Arthur Nail, she performed a good race, hesitating at times…but nothing too bad… she finished  4th.                                                                                                                                         

 We were satisfied because she still lacks experience compared to the horses who finished in front of her.                                                                                                                                            

 One to follow.

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Our GENGIS KHEL had not shown anything special in his first races and we were disappointed.   

 And yesterday at Pau in a chase for 4 year-olds, he finished 4th. Ridden by Arthur Nail, he performed a good race. Considering the horses who beat us, we can be happy with his result. 

 Actually the three horses who finished in front of him had a lot of experience and were all either winner or placed at Auteuil. 

   The form is very good and we can expect improvement from him. 

    Looking forward to his next race…

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To be seen again!

DEAUSEILLE and EMIRA DU GOUET (Le Mors aux Dents) ran in a cross-country race at Pau on December 24th. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as we wanted. 

  DEAUSEILLE was unplaced, she didn’t move well and her jumps were not smooth. Report of Alain de Chitray after the race: “she doesn’t like this racecourse”…

As we are not stubborn and want the best for our horses…she is going to go back home and we’ll prepare the big objectives for 2021! 

 As to EMIRA who had performed a very good comeback finishing 5th, she was not

transcendent… didn’t show much energy as her jockey Mickael Mingant told us… Is it the effect of the second race? To be seen again.

If only horses could talk!!!

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A good race

TRANCOSO blows hot and cold!   

 After several average performances, he finished good second at Pornichet on December23rd, in a claimer over a mile and a half. As his jockey Jacky Nicoleau said, everything went the way TRANCOSO wanted! 

 Well placed all around, he finished well…                                                                                                        

   “Isn’t life beautiful !”

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At last!!

At Angers on November 30th, HISPANY finished 5th ridden by Maxime Lefèvre. It was a hurdle race for 3 year-olds over 2m1½f. 

 She ran well, although the jockey came a bit too soon and too fast in the far straight.  

  Anyway, she jumped well and when we looked at the company, we could see that they were more experienced.                                                                                                                                                                    

 She was pulled up twice before this race… and it started to get on our nerves because in the morning she does good things. But this race will do her good and she will now understand the job she has to do!!

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He was not “in” the race!!

On Sunday at Auteuil, DOUX DINGUE ran Prix Cacao, ridden by Ludovic Philipperon. He was pulled up.  

From the beginning of the race, we thought he was not himself, not really taking part in the race and he made a few mistakes. After the race, here were the

explanations of the jockey: “he had the blinkers for the first time… and he didn’t like it at all… he was upset and I could already feel it at the trial hurdle…”                                                                                                              OK!                                                                                                                                                                  

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As they started…

…they finished!    

At Compiègne on November 24th in a chase over 2m3½f, RADIOLOGUE started in 3rd position and finished 3rd!! 

 Sometimes, some races are performed in a very strange way… and it was the case for this race… A jockey decided to go in the lead, he went forward… and no one followed him… and the race finished like that!!  

 RADIOLOGUE was ridden by Ludovic Philipperon.

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The results

Date Race course Discipline Horse Jockey Result
17.01.2021 Pau Hurdles SHAMDAK Felix De Gilles 5th
14.01.2021 Pornichet Flat TRANCOSO Jacky Nicolau Winner
08.01.2021 Pau Hurdles SAINTLY QUEEN Felix De Gilles 4th
08.01.2021 Pau Hurdles FEZ Arthur Nail 5th
06.01.2021 Pau Chase RADIOLOGUE Felix De Gilles Winner
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