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At last our horse is back to himself!

DEBUT DE PRINTEMPS finished 4th in the Grand cross-country race Anjou Loir Challenge at Lion d’Angers on June 15th

Ridden by Marc Antoine Dragon who discovered him, he performed a very nice, smooth race with a lot of energy. He asked for a good breathe in the far straight and finished with a lot of courage.  

 Because of the lockdown, we know that horses worked well but they were not able to have a prep race. Of course, it is the same for everyone but DEBUT DE PRINTEMPS is very tall and needs a lot of preparation and the morning work was not enough for him. 

He is only 7, which is not old for a high level cross-country horse.     

Therefore the objective for him will be Anjou Loir 2021.


A good race…

…for GERPONVILLE who is at the beginning of his career over jumps. 

 Ridden by Hugo Lucas, she finished 3rd over hurdles at Angers on June 15th

  It was a pity she made a mistake at the last hurdle which cost her the second place… but the filly is improving and she will soon open her account.  

  She belongs to Madame Deregnaucourt, is by Rajsaman out of Sainte Adresse, and was bred by Franklin Finance SA.


A day without…

… for EMIRA DU GOUET at Lion d’Angers on June 15th in a cross-country race.

During the Pau meeting, she showed us she was a good jumper, keen and able to finish well. But yesterday, from the start she was not in the race, made mistakes and was not courageous… and as Jordan Duchêne said “she never took part in the race!”  

 A race horse doesn’t talk and we’ll have to try and understand the reason for this bad race!!


It was a pleasure…

…to watch the comeback race of DEAUSEILLE on June 12th at Craon in Prix Chriseti, a cross-country race over 3m1/2f.  

She finished 3rd. It was a real performance as she had not run for more than a year. Her jockey, Clément Lefebvre said: ”Riding such a mare was something! I enjoyed myself !

But I came a bit too soon in the fields and it cost me a place and maybe the win, but she finished very well.”  

 The partners of the syndicate Le Mors Aux Dents were once more in seventh heaven of delight, as were her breeders Haras de la Rousselière.

   Looking forward to her next entries!


A nice race…

…for HONDLEEN who finished 3rd at Craon on June 12th, ridden by Ronan Thomas.

 In a race for 3 year-old AQPS (non-thoroughbred horses) over a mile and a half, HONDLEEN took his responsibilities and went to the lead. In the far straight, he went to the middle of the track where the ground was good. 

  At the entrance of the finishing straight, Ronan told us he made a mistake to go along the rail where the going was heavy and the horse shortened his pace because he was not at ease! Ronan said: “he was so courageous, the way he fought in spite of the heavy going! In my opinion, he is a very professional, good horse!” 

 HONDLEEN is by Voiladenuo out of Trotot. He was bred by the Gondouin/Leenders family and runs under the colors of Le Mors aux Dents. All the partners of the syndicate were thrilled to see how the horse had improved for his race at Moulins.  

  He is a horse for the future!


Second race…

…over hurdles for GALANTE DE FERBET at Nantes on June 9th, ridden by Marc Olivier Belley. She finished 3rd. We can’t reproach her with anything, she was beaten by better horses.

  She performed less smoothly than at Moulins when she won, because at Nantes the ground  was much firmer and she was less at ease. 

   GALANTE will be able to go chasing at Auteuil because as a big jumper, she will be better off in this discipline.                                                                                                           


She did well first time out…

On June 5th, RONDE DE NUIT ran first time out. She finished 4th in a maiden race for 3 year-olds over 1m6½f. Ridden by Théo Bachelot, she ran in the middle of the field and seemed to be short of speed when they accelerated…

... but when she was well balanced, she finished fast… ( slightly floated in the finishing straight and Théo told us that it cost him a better place). Originally, these races were planned to be run at Saint-Cloud, hence the quality of the company with competitors who had already run. 

 RONDE DE NUIT belongs to the partnership Loic Glemin and Ecurie JAB. She is by Doctor Dino out of Nuit de Guerre and was bred by ..Maulepaire.


Good comeback race

At Dieppe on June 1st, FAN OF SEA did a comeback race over jumps in a hurdle race for 5 year-old horses over 2m3f.  

 Ridden by Ludovic Philipperon, they kept well covered all around in the middle of the field. Then at the end of the bend, Ludovic lengthened his horse and they performed a nice finishing straight.   

 It was happiness among the trainers, the owner Marie Cécile de Saint Seine and the breeders Françoise Gondouin and us…

  We were all very satisfied with this race, first of all because it was a comeback race for FAN OF SEA and then because we were beaten by a Group horse… therefore a good reference!!


Expected first time out

BALKANIE ran first time out at Dieppe on June 1st in a hurdle race for unraced fillies over jumps over 2 miles.  

 She is a filly we like and we wanted to see her run. She behaved very well and finished 4th. Well placed all around, she jumped well, entered the finishing straight with resources but hesitated at the last hurdle.

   Ludovic Philipperon told us she was surprised and that it cost her the 3rd place.  

   BALKANIE is by Balko out of Litanibreak Junior, she was bred by SCEA des Prairies and belongs to Ecurie Jab and Ecurie Castillon Bloodstock.


It was a comeback race…

… on June 1st at Dieppe, our GOSPEL D’ALENE finished 5th in a race for 4 year-old colts and geldings over 2m1f. This horse who only ran on the flat before was sometimes temperamental but he enjoyed jumping and proved to be serious and professional.

Ludovic Philipperon liked him… In the finishing straight, he kept on in the same pace but was courageous. 

 He’ll be able to go chasing quite easily because he jumps well. GOSPEL D’ALENE belongs to his breeders Louis and Florence Couteaudier.


A nice race, a good filly

On June 1st at Dieppe, GIRL OF THE WORLD did a comeback race and her hurdling debut in a race for 4 year-old fillies over 2m1f.  

 Ridden by Ludovic Philipperon, she started nice and quiet in the second part of the field, jumped well, came closer in the far straight and was 2nd, 3rd when entering the finishing straight.     

  At the last hurdle, we thought it was done, but the winner came fast and we were beaten by half a length by a good filly who had won last time out.  

  GIRL OF THE WORLD belongs to her breeders, the Cyprès family.        

  She is a good filly and we can have some ambitions with her!!


Can we say…

…it was a win without any thrill ?     

TINARILOU won by 10 lengths at Lignières on May 31st ridden by Axelle Nicco

 Without any thrill because at mid-straight it was done, but with a lot of thrill because all the partners of the syndicate Le Pied A L’Etrier were very happy and told us so with their nice messages.  

 During these difficult days, everything which makes us happy is good to take!!


Good first time chasing…

…for GRACIEUSE MAG at Clairefontaine on May 30th. She finished 5th.  

  Ridden by Ludovic Philipperon, she performed a very nice race… she slightly hesitated over some fences she didn’t know… but altogether she ran in a satisfactory way.       

 Report from Ludovic:”she will be much better on heavy ground… and over bigger obstacles, she is too good a jumper for a fast course like Clairefontaine.”    

   She is a filly for the future.