Etienne & Grégoire Leenders Race-horse trainers

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December 2012

31.12.2012

Happy New Year

 

Our best wishes for 2013 for all the horse and racing fans.

28.12.2012

Winter preparation

We are at the moment in between racing seasons. Nevertheless, we don’t stop working.

A lot of young horses have arrived since the end of November and they have their first “exams” as race-horses.

The yearlings learn how to canter on the track while the two and three year-olds are trained over jumps.

 Let’s meet on the race-courses in 2013

22.12.2012

Season's greetings

 Etienne and Christine Leenders  and all their staff wish you all a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS.

12.12.2012

Holidays are over!

 Our two champions, CHRISETI and MARCETI came back from Normandy earlier than planned due to bad weather conditions and also because the date of the Anjou Loire Challenge has been put forward in 2013.

Compulsory stand on the scales:

-          MARCETI has put on 25 kg and it suits him.

-          CHRISETI has “only put on 60kg”!

See them next year at the races!

09.12.2012

Back to…

 …..hurdle racing for URBAINE at Toulouse on December 9th. She finished 5th.

Well placed close to the lead, she behaved well and hadn’t she made a mistake at the last but one hurdle, she could have finished closer.

She will go chasing in 2013.

08.12.2012

Nice race

 FORTE BLUE JAVILEX ran in a chase for the second time on December 8th at Fontainebleau. She finished very good second.

This good jumper took the lead from the start and was only beaten at the finishing post by a horse with a better class on the flat.

This filly by Anabaa Blue is a good recruit for 2013.

04.12.2012

Web site: new heading

 We have decided to open a new heading dedicated to the press articles written about our stables.

We have started digging in our archives and we are going to select what is more interesting to show the past and present of our stables, seen by journalists.

03.12.2012

Meeting on Equidia

 The new programme called “Le Goût des Couleurs” presents the story of CHRISETI told by Guillaume Coves.

You can watch it:

-     on internet: EQUIDIA WATCH- Programme n°2

-     on television on EQUIDIA LIVE on December 6th at 7.30am, on December 8th at 9.30am and on December 12th at 10.30pm.

01.12.2012

Encouraging

 ELLIE ran a hurdle race Prix Ubu III on 3700m (2 miles and 2 ½ furlongs) on December 1st at Bordeaux. She finished 5th very close.

She did a good performance and hadn’t she made a mistake at the one but last hurdle, she would have been even closer.

We are not ashamed of her place as she ran in the company of colts who had shown quality in their previous outings.

Our racing season is coming to an end and we’ll see ELLIE again on race-courses in February 2013.

November 2012

28.11.2012

“A fighter”…

   

 …. This is how a journalist called URTICAIRE after her win at Angers on November 28th in Prix Lord Magique. And her jockey Fabrice Véron added: “how pleasant it was to ride such a filly!”

Actually, in spite of her inexperience, she won easily and without a crack of the whip. This win was all the better as the company was a very good lot.

Paul Terpereau and Pierre and Nelly de la Guillonière’s filly has only run 4 times (3 wins and one place).

Breed will tell. Let's not forget she is TRIFOLIUM's sister.

28.11.2012

From start to finish

At Angers on November 28th in Prix Marathon on 4000m (2 miles and 8 furlongs), TRANSCENDANTE, well ridden by Alexandre Roussel, won without bothering with any tactics: “Let those who love me follow me!”.

This big mover is a real road roller and her competitors could not do anything but follow her during the race.

She performed well during the autumn and has deserved holidays.

Let’s see her next year.

28.11.2012

End of career…

…for TADJIKE who ran her last race at Angers on November 28th and finished 6th.

This small filly who won 3 times on the flat, could not be trained over jumps following a bad fracture of the canon bone which happened when she was 3 in a collective fall in a race.

She is now going to Haras de Maulepaire to start a new career as a brood mare and we’ll be pleased to welcome her progeny in a few years.  

27.11.2012

Too short!

On November 27th at Chantilly, AMIRANT ran a handicap on he distance of 1900m (9 ½ furlongs). He finished 5h.

Always well placed during the race, he courageously defended his place in the finishing straight.

This result does not fully reflect his qualities as the distance was not his favourite one but we had no choice of entry.

We’ll see him again at the beginning of January in Deauville.

19.11.2012

Deauville sales

RENNETI (by Irish Wells out of Caprice Meill) was sold on November 19th at the Deauville sales.

He went to Ireland, to the very good jump trainer’s, Willie Mullins.

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We wish our RENNETI a very good career. He is a class horse who should succeed on the other side of the Channel.

15.11.2012

A happy owner breeder

On November 15th at Saint-Cloud, USHUAIA QUATZ was top weight in the “Quinté” (big handicap), Prix de l’Elevage.

Contrary to the previous race at Longchamp when the 60kg she had to carry were a handicap, this time she coped with it and finished 2nd beaten by a horse who carried 53,5 kg. Blocked in when they accelerated, she tried to catch up the winner who had taken 4, 5 lengths, but too late.

Thierry Jarnet was very enthusiastic about the performance of the filly. He told us she had improved again.

Hats off to her young owner breeder from Britanny, Olivier Quiniou, who starts being rewarded for his work.

13.11.2012

Chase: easy second win…

…. for UNE DE MONTOT at Angers on November 13th in Prix Wladimir Hall.

This 4 year old filly won easily and in a very good style on the selective race-course of Angers.

After the race, it was quite emotional when Wladimir Hall’s daughter, Christine de Calonne, handed us the trophy.

And Bernard de Fonclare, a horseman and a writer, treated us with the biography of Wladimir Hall. This man, born in Russia, came to France and dedicated all his life to horses. He became one of the big jump trainers in the seventies, known as a perfect horseman by all those who met him…

13.11.2012

Beaten by a better horse

Grand Prix d’Angers is a reference in the autumn programme for 3 year olds. RENNETI was entered in the race and finished good second on November 13th.

As usual, he was very relaxed at the back of the field. At the end of the last bend, he came on the inside along the rail and performed a beautiful finishing straight.

 

This gelding by Irish Wells out of¨Caprice Meill is a late horse who only started running in April 2012. We are very satisfied with him and he has still a good margin of improvement.

13.11.2012

Nice race

TRANSCENDANTE is 2nd in a flat race, Prix des Jardins du Mail, at Angers on November 13th, on the distance of 3000m (15 furlongs).

In a race with pace, she started with the leaders. She was then the first one to accelerate out of the bend, seemed to be beaten mid straight, but finished courageously to take the 2nd place.

Next entry at the end of November.

13.11.2012

Too long!

  

On November 13th at Angers, AMIRANT ran the quinté(big handicap) Grand Prix d’Ecouflant. He finished 7th.

Immediately after the race we were disappointed but Thierry Jarnet told us that the horse had pulled a lot and that with the heavy ground, the 3000m were long,...very long,.... too long!

  

To see again on a firmer ground.

  

12.11.2012

First time in a chase

At Meslay-du-Maine on November 12th, FORTE BLUE JAVILEX finished 3rd in her first chase.

We were satisfied with this result. She had already won twice over hurdles this year and we hoped this good jumper would do well in chasing.

She has not disappointed us.

12.11.2012

Dual win over hurdles

On November 11th at Saint-Brieuc, we had a dual win over hurdles with Wilfrid Denuault riding ELLIE and GAZELLE DE TEILLEE.

Yet another good performance for Wilfrid after his triple win at Argentan on October 28th.

11.11.2012

It is done!

After her encouraging first time out on October 21st when she finished 3rd, we had not had to wait a long time for ELLIE ’s first win.

On November 11th at Saint-Brieuc, she easily won over hurdles. She jumped well and was not impeded by the heavy ground.

In 4th, 5th position at the beginning of the race, she took the lead at one turn from home and rushed to the finishing post.

11.11.2012

First win

GAZELLE DE TEILLEE easily won a hurdle race at Saint-Brieuc on November 11th.

This 4 year-old thoroughbred by Kotky Bleu out of¨Princesse d’Orton showed us “something” in training in the morning but had not yet confirmed on a race-course. It is now done and done with style.

 

Congratulations to her owners breeders, Family Brosseau!

07.11.2012

Kind regards from Normandy

“ Hello numerous fans, we want to give you some news.

 We enjoy our holidays at Bourg Saint Léonard in Orne very much: perfect quietness, green grass, tailor-made care by our nanny Caroline….

See you next year!”

MARCETI and CHRISETI

05.11.2012

Beaten a nose

On November 5th at Chantilly, NINE LIVES made all of us so happy when finishing 2nd very close on the distance of 2100m (10 ½ furlongs).

The best tactics with her is to let her “sleep” behind and to launch her in the finishing straight, going in between the field to motivate her.

This filly arrived in training on September 12th and was very tensed up. Since, she has improved a lot, has become calmer and is now able to manage her energy.

A good recruit!

02.11.2012

On her favourite ground,

the all-weather track, TADJIKE made short work of her competitors at Pornichet on November 2nd on the distance of 3100m (15 ½ furlongs).

She started at the back of the field as she likes to do, came closer last time around in the bend. In the finishing straight, she produced a good acceleration and won very easily.

TADJIKE will run once more this year and will go as a brood mare in 2013.

01.11.2012

To see again on good ground

GREAT HORIZON finished 4th at Le Pin-au-Haras on November 1st.

He did perform a good race and jumped well but he didn’t like the very heavy ground at all.

And actually, he had not the same speed and action as usual.

01.11.2012

On a ground which was very, very….

….heavy, KAPVILLE ran the Grand Chase of Le Pin-au-Haras on November 1st and finished 4th.

It was a good performance as he was meeting older horses. Obviously, this 5 year-old horse is not fully mature yet.

A horse to follow next year. 

October 2012

30.10.2012

Missed the win by very little

On October 30th at Maisons-Laffitte, PLOVIV finished 3rd in Prix Pharamond, a B race on the distance of 1400m (7 furlongs).

It was a good performance: blocked in, the horse only managed to get out at 100m (half a furlong) from home and he missed the win by very little in a very close finish.

Antoine Hamelin, his jockey, did confirm that he could have won. What a pity he had an opening too late!

Since first time out, PLOVDIV has always been in the money. But in this last race, he went up a grade and showed us he had improved a lot mentally: he is less messy, more mature and the distance of 1400m suits him perfectly.

29.10.2012

A nice autumn Sunday

On October 28th, we had 8 runners on 4 different race-courses.

Racing results:

Argentan: 3 wins (QURISTINE, UNE DE MONTOT and URTICAIRE) and a second place (UTOPISTE)

Saumur: 1 win (URRIKANDY)

Saint-Brieuc: 1 win (YONETI)

Longchamp: 1 third place (MOUNT BERRY)

And, cherry on the cake: 3 wins for Wilfrid Denuault at Argentan.

To do again without any hesitation!

28.10.2012

Health walk !

At Argentan on October 28th, URTICAIRE easily won a flat race on 2800m (14 furlongs). We found again the good filly who had won at Fontainebleau on September 13th.

This AQPS (non-thoroughbred) 4 year old filly is TRIFOLIUM’s sister, TRIFOLIUM being one of the best English hopes over hurdles (you may remember TRIFOLIUM was sold from our stable).

 She was born at Haras de la Rousselière and she is by Mister Sacha out of Opium des Mottes.

28.10.2012

Second Again!

  

UTOPISTE missed the win by very small margin at Argentan on the distance of 2800m (14 furlongs) on October 28th.

This courageous small filly has to run at the back of the field because she is too keen when in front. But, each time, she has to go and pass all her competitors and it is sometime a bit just.

Her owners-breeders, Comte and Comtesse de TARRAGON, are looking forward to her next win.

28.10.2012

Last race…

…for QURISTINE on October 28th at Argentan where she won her chase easily.

 Unfortunately, when she was back in the enclosure, we realised she was lame and Wilfrid Denuault told us she lost her action at the back straight. Actually, after checking, Etienne found out she had a tendinitis.

Our lovely grey mare from Pierre and Nelly de la Guillonnière‘s breeding, has now gone to Normandy for her new life as a brood mare. 

28.10.2012

Easy win

  

UNE DE MONTOT found her sport: chasing. She won with a lot of class at Argentan on October 28th.

She was well placed all around and jumped very well. She was in the lead to jump the last fence and Wilfrid Denuault had just to keep on with her to the finishing post.

A fantastic mare!

28.10.2012

First win

Third time out in a chase, URRIKANDY, a 4 year old AQPS (non-thoroughbred horse), won easily at Saumur on October 28th.

He was reunited with his jockey Marc Lamazou-Laresse who had ridden him in his first chase at Ecommoy (2nd place).

This horse has definitely a potential, but he is not always easy to deal with. With time and patience, he will get better and will understand his job.

A horse to follow!

28.10.2012

What a good surprise!

  

MOUNT BERRY finished 3rd at Longchamp in a claiming race on October 28th.

He did most of the race at the back of the field. At the entrance of the finishing straight, Fabrice Véron found an opening and the horse finished very well.

We didn’t expect this result at all, as MOUNT BERRY ‘s last three races were bad, which didn’t give us much hope. 

 Anything can happen!

28.10.2012

He won his first race…

….thus immensely pleasing his young owner, Yoni Seror.

YONETI, a 3 year-old thoroughbred by Irish Wells out of Aulne River, won his first hurdle race at Saint-Brieuc on October 28th.

We had to be patient with him, because he is late and a little bit unforeseeable. He has a lot of qualities but has still to mature mentally.  

25.10.2012

For a filly born in Normandy?…..

Not to like heavy ground….That beats all!

TROTOT was 5th at Auteuil in a chase for 4 and 5 year old AQPS (non-thoroughbred horses).

She discovered Auteuil and behaved very well. She jumped well, but as soon as she was in the far straight, she found it hard to deal with the heavy going.

 It is true that her two wins at Lion d’Angers took place on fast/good ground.

24.10.2012

Too short!

  

TRANSCENDANTE finished 4th at Deauville on October 23rd in a handicap on the distance of 2400m (1 ½ mile).

She took the lead and ran on in that position but she stayed in her action and in spite of her strong resistance, she was “eaten” close to the finishing post.

Fabrice Véron told us she was much better on the distance of 3000m (15 furlongs) because she is very tough and will then go to the end. 

24.10.2012

One step more….

….and he would have won!

On October 24th at Deauville, AMIRANT ran remarkably well and finished 2nd , beaten a nose, in the “quinté” (big handicap).

He had not the most lucky race, being on the outside in 4th lane and without anyone in front of him. Nevertheless, he produced a good effort in the finishing straight and missed the first place by very little.

We can be satisfied with this horse that we bought in a claiming race in August 2011 for 16.000 € and who has already won more than 75.000 €! Well done!

23.10.2012

Well deserved holidays…

….for MARCETI who finished 5th in Grand Prix de Nantes on October 23rd.

Actually, his jockey Gérald Avranche told us that he lacked impulse and that he was off form.

 

MARCETI did another good year for us and he is now going to take his winter quarters in Normandy.

21.10.2012

The weight, the weight,……

Thierry Jarnet told us when getting off USHUAIA QUATZ after the “quinté” (big handicap) on October 21st at Longchamp.

Actually, the filly was carrying 60kg and her task seemed nearly impossible on a heavy ground. In spite off that, the courageous USHUAIA proved again how determined she was, fighting for a better place all along the finishing straight. She finished a close 5th and once again, we were satisfied with her race.

We have now two possible entries for her in November.

21.10.2012

First win…

... for SHROPSHIRE at Saint-Brieuc over hurdles on October 21st.

After two moderate races in which he learnt his job, the horse won easily ans showed us that he had matured.

His English owner, Peter Spiller, is also the breeder of this 3 year old thoroughbred by Shirocco out of Secret Account.

This is a family we know well as we trained SHROPSHIRE's brother, School of Law, with whom we had good satisfactions.

21.10.2012

First time out

ELLIE ran first time out in a hurlde race on 3600m (2 miles 2 furlongs) ridden by Wilfrid Denuault at Saint-Brieuc on October 21st. She finished 3rd in a very promising way.

This good jumper started at the back of the field and never stopped improving her position all along the race. She finished well and could nearly have won but for her inexperience.

This small 3 year-old filly by Winged Love out of Ellina really pleased her English owner, Paul Murphy, who is also her breeder.

A filly to be followed!

19.10.2012

School visit

As every year, we received the students from the private agricultural secondary school Lasalle from Leviers (département Doubs).

They are preparing themselves to work with or around horses but they don’t know racing stables as there is no racing in their area.

It is always very interesting for us to meet these young people who are curious to discover our racing world.

See you next year…..with sunny weather?

16.10.2012

Change of tactics

PLOVDIV ran at Angers in Prix Brantôme which is a prep for Prix Kerautem, a semi classic race for 2 year-olds. He finished 4th.

We had decided to run him at the back of the field, because in his previous races he went in the lead and did far too much. He had to learn to come on the other horses.

At mid-straight, he changed gear and fought courageously to take the 4th place.

16.10.2012

He knocked them out!

On October 16th at Angers, RENNETI easily won Prix Francis Chêne, a good flat race for 3 year-olds on the distance of 3000m (15 furlongs).

He jumped off at the back of the field and his jockey Fabien Lefebvre started to bring him closer at the beginning of the last bend. The horse produced a good acceleration and left his competitors on the spot. As Nicole Braem (ex-owner of his dam Caprice Meill) reminded us: “He has the same finish as his dam!”

 

Before the race, it was not obvious to win as our horse was doing a half come back and was running against serious competitors.

This good result did comfort us in our decision to have given him a few weeks holidays this summer because he got stronger and finished growing.

 

To be followed in his next entries!

14.10.2012

Courageous little sweetie!

UTOPISTE is always doing her best. Yet again it was the case at Le Pin-au-Haras on October 14th when she finished 2nd in a flat race on the long distance of 3000m (15 f).

Kept at the back of the field by her young amateur rider, Jean de Mieulle, she came closer little by little at the beginning of the last bend and performed a very good finishing straight. 

She is beaten by an estimated horse and she can’t be reproached for anything. 

14.10.2012

Noticeable first time out

On October 14th at Le Pin-au-Haras, LOVELOT, a 3 year old thoroughbred filly by Manduro out of La Peregrina, ran first time out on the flat on the distance of 2200m (11 furlongs).

She finished 4th , having performed a really good race. She took off in 3rd, 4th position, she was very serious all around and she finished well, beaten by more experienced horses.

  

Marcello Randelli’s filly did impress on this track which is a difficult and selective one for beginners. 

 

07.10.2012

First time in a chase

UNE DE MONTOT , an AQPS (non-thoroughbred) 4 year old filly by Voix du Nord out of Idylle de Montot, ran first time out in a chase at La Roche-sur-Yon on October 7th. She finished 2nd at the end of a good race and a fierce fight for the win in the finishing straight. 

She is a serious and tough filly with a good margin of improvement in this discipline.

To be followed !

07.10.2012

Back to competition

After two years off, QURISTINE had resumed competition in September and finished 6th at Cholet, still a bit rusty.

On October 7th at La Roche-sur-Yon, she finished 2nd over hurdles. A big mistake at the last but one fence unfortunately cost her the win. 

 

She is not yet at 100% but we hope to bring her back to her best level in the next few weeks and months.

07.10.2012

He has not forfeited our esteem

AMIRANT ran in Prix Qatar Grand Handicap on 2400m (1m 4f) at Longchamp on October 7th and finished 5th.

 He seemed to be labouring on a ground made very heavy by the deluge of rain which poured on Longchamp. On top of that, it was a half come back as he had not run since June.

 

 We’ll see him again in better conditions.

04.10.2012

The last one!!!

ROXY DE VINDECY treated us with a nice win in Prix de l’Arche Oise on October 4th at Compiègne.

It was the last one for us as he was claimed after the race.

Thank you to this good servant who always did his best and who always pleased us.

02.10.2012

Good behaviour

On October 2nd at Le Mans, MARCETI finished 3rd on the distance of 1950m (1m 1¾f).

It was a race to test his ability on a shorter distance for eventually taking part in Défi du Galop 2013. Actually, on this circuit, there are several races on the distance of 2000m (10 furlongs).

  

MARCETI performed his job well but we’ll change tactics in the future.

September 2012

29.09.2012

Hats off!!!

STARTLING DU MAGNY bluffed us on September 29th at Auteuil when finishing 2nd of the chase Prix Violon II, which is a big handicap listed race. 

Before the race, we didn’t expect such a good result as in her last three races, she fell twice and finished 6th. But one should not forget that before that she was nearly always in the finish and that she had already had good results at Auteuil. Arnaud de Chitray, her jockey, who had already ridden her at Angers in February 2011, discovered her again and found back a very good feeling with her.

At 6, the mare is mature and has still some ambitious objectives.

29.09.2012

She does not like heavy going

TADJIKE is 4th in a flat race at Moulins on September 29th.

She was quite able to do well in this company but she could not make it: in the finishing straight, when she started accelerating courageously, there was nothing to be done, she could not get out of this ground.

This is what her jockey, Gérald Avranche, told us after the race.

27.09.2012

Back with confidence

UN SUCCES had not run in a chase since his impressing fall at Meslay-du-Maine on April 16th 2012.

On September 27th, he was back in the same discipline at Fontainebleau and finished 2nd beaten by a better horse.

Trustfully ridden by Mathias Solier, the horse performed a very good race, quite confident over the fences and he did accelerate well to finish.

26.09.2012

Good race

GREAT HORIZON finished 4th in a chase on September 26th at Enghien.

Always well placed during the race, he jumped well and went on with courage to the finishing post.

It was a first trial on a Parisian track and this Great Pretender’s

26.09.2012

It is quite unusual…

… but it sometimes happens!

TROTOT ran in a chase at Enghien on September 26th . She was not in the finish as her jockey had to stop her in the middle of the far straight. Wilfrid Denuault told us that she had torn her tongue strap and that she choked.

Explanation: it is sometimes necessary to tie the tongue of some horses who have a tendency to “swallow” it, putting it over the bit and then….they choke. This is what happened to TROTOT at the beginning of the race.

We, of course, still fully trust this good filly until next time!!. 

25.09.2012

Lack of experience

  

URTICAIRE is 4th in a flat race on 2700m (13 ½ furlongs) at Sables d’Olonne on September 25th.

After the race, Fabrice Veron told us that there was not enough pace in the race, that the filly felt lost when they started, but once she was launched, she started again quite well.

First time out, she had won very easily at Fontainebleau, but she is still slightly unexperienced, which explains this average result. She is going to learn her job with the races, she is a good filly.

25.09.2012

Good tactics

  

JUPITER, a two year old colt by Astronomer Royal out of Frissonnante, ran at Sables d’Olonne on September 25th. He finished 3rd, beaten by 2 good horses.

 This young, courageous and determined horse proved he could take the lead and do so without being too penalised at the end of the race.

Interesting race for JUPITER who will improve for this performance.

25.09.2012

A horse to be followed!

  

On September 25th, FORTE BLUE JAVILEX ran for the first time at Auteuil and in a “quinté” (big handicap).

 He was not “in the money” as he was 8th but he ran particularly well.

 He started at the back of the field, came much closer in the back straight, jumped everything well and finished well.

 This horse without any experience did show “something” and you’ll have to have a close look at him in his next races.

24.09.2012

First “quinté” (big handicap) for …

USHUAIA QUATZ at Craon on September 24th!

 She started close to the lead, challenged in the finishing straight and won easily. This race was an objective and the filly did what we expected from her. Regular and courageous as usual, she fully deserved this win.

It was a big satisfaction for her young owner/ breeder, Olivier Quiniou, who was very proud and moved on the podium!

It was quite a pleasure for her jockey, Gérald Avranche, who could remember winning the first race of USHUAIA’s dam, Eblouissante!

Let’s see her in a next “quinté” (big handicap)!

22.09.2012

Not beaten much

  

What a pity! QUIRWALA would have really deserved to win his chase at Craon on September 22nd because he performed a race close to perfection.

 His Dutch owners, Gerdie and Quir Laumans must have pushed very hard in front of their TV, but it was not enough: their horse finished 2nd.

 The horse and his jockey Mathias Solier did fight like lions. A few meters further, they would have made it!

21.09.2012

She bluffed us!

What a nice race TRANSCENDANTE performed at Maisons- Laffitte on September 21st!

From the start, she took the lead and stayed there all around, at ease in her own pace. She challenged at the entrance of the finishing straight and was only beaten on the finishing post.

This second place pleased us immensely because this filly who was meant to go jumping had shown us a good value on the flat. She will be able to run between 2400m (a mile and a half) and 3000m (15 furlongs).

20.09.2012

New distance

  

On September 20th at Saint-Cloud, RENNETI finished 5th in his come back race.

 He ran on 3000m (15 furlongs) for the first time and it was a bit too long for a come back after two months off.

We wanted to try him on a Parisian track in good company. We are quite satisfied as he ran very well.

 
 
 
 
 
16.09.2012

He is loosing his rustiness

 RIFIFI is 2nd in a chase at Ploermel on September 16th, ridden by Mathias Solier.

Little by little he is getting back into the rhythm and physical sensations of racing after a long time on the sidelines.

 He is a useful horse in his category.

16.09.2012

First time out in a chase

At Ecommoy on September 16th, URRIKANDY, a 4 year old AQPS (half-bred) by Brier Creek out of Kandy Ball, was good second in a chase on 3400m (2 miles and a furlong).

 He started close to the lead, jumped well, asked for a breather in the last bend and finished really well.

His jockey, Marc Lamazou-Laresse, told us he was quite an interesting horse who needed to get stronger.

13.09.2012

First time out, first win

  

At Fontainebleau, URTICAIRE (by Mister Sacha out of Opium des Mottes) ran first time out in a bumper (a flat race on 3000m for potential jumpers). She won in the easiest possible way.

 We expected a good performance because, first of all she worked well in the morning, and secondly her brother is….. TRIFOLIUM, a very good hurdler in England (placed in a Gr 1 at Cheltenham).

His gentleman-rider, Jean-Philippe Boisgontier’s happy smile told the tale of pleasure he took to ride this young 4 year old AQPS (non-thoroughbred).

Good future for this filly!

12.09.2012

On the Lonchamp toboggan run!

At Longchamp on September 12th, PLOVDIV finished 5th in a B race on 1400m (7 furlongs). He was discovering this particular downhill track with a turn.

A little bit keen at the beginning of the race, he asked for a breather when the others started but performed a very good finish.

12.09.2012

Half come back for…

ROXY DE VINDECY at Lion d’Angers on September 12th. He finished 4th. A bit keen at the beginning of the race, he showed he was short of competition to finish better.

 He needed the race to brush up his form!

This soft ground horse is waiting for the rain!!!

10.09.2012

Inexact race!

On September 9th at Longchamp, VALDO BERE ran Prix Lutèce (Gr 3). He finished unplaced, although he had a regular and trouble-free race.

 After the race, Thierry Jarnet told us the horse had not accelerated because he didn’t like the fast ground at all. He is far more at ease on soft or even heavy going.

As all of us at the moment, VALDO is waiting for the rain! 

09.09.2012

He will improve for this race

  

Easy win of MOUNT BERRY in a flat race at Pompadour on September 9th.

He started in the middle of the field, got in the rhythm of the race at the beginning of the home straight, then got well balanced and finished courageously.

He is a very cold horse and his jockey was certainly more tired than he was after the race.

We can dedicate this win to our blacksmith, Romain Dubois, because with patience and technicality, he managed to “recuperate” his injured foot.

09.09.2012

Impossible racing conditions!!

On September 9th, CHAMPRIEUX was 3rd in a chase at Châteauroux. He ran serious and courageous as usual.

 We had entered him on this race-course because we knew the going was fast, which suits CHAMPRIEUX.

Unfortunately, the ground was very dry, with a lot of holes and had not been watered at all.

Fortunately the horse came back safe.

05.09.2012

A visit of English professionals

A group of English professionals (trainers, agents, owners and journalists) came and spent a few days in France. A various programme had been prepared for them by FRBC (French Racing and Breeding Committee) and the association AQPS OUEST (non-thoroughbred association of the West):

racing at Craon, visit of the training centre of Senonnes, visit of our training facilities, visit of Haras du Chêne (pre-training centre) and of wine cellars at Saumur.

The top of the trip was the show AQPS (non-thoroughbred show) which took place on the race-course of Lion d’Angers where they had the opportunity to meet breeders.

04.09.2012

A living legend!

Among our English visitors, there was Peter Scudamore, a living legend of the English Turf.

He used to be a famous jump jockey: 8 times champion jockey in his country, which is extraordinary when you know how difficult this work is.

Nowadays, he is a journalist and the manager of an important syndicate with the trainer Lucinda Russel.

For the petty side of history, Peter has only ridden a few races in France and the only one he has ever won was for us!!!

04.09.2012

Interesting come back

After summer holidays, RED SLIN did a come back in a hurdle race at Auteuil on September 4th.

Still a bit fat, he performed a good come back, running at the back of the field as he likes to do. He did a good finishing straight to take the 5th place.

The horse is going to improve for this race.

04.09.2012

Good first time out at Auteuil

TROTOT had just won two chases on end at Lion d’Angers.

We wanted her to discover the race-course of Auteuil. She finished 5th in a chase on September 4th. The filly jumped well all around but was a bit too keen, not hidden, and she paid for it at the finish.

It was a good discovery of Auteuil and she will certainly win on this race-course.

03.09.2012

Improving

On September 3rd at Craon, MIRINO finished 4th in a flat race on 2400m ( 12 furlongs).

He behaved very well in quite a good company with a few horses who had been in the first 5 in “quintés” (big handicaps).

This late maturing horse by Dansili starts getting stronger and being able to manage his big action. He will be really well when he is 4.

02.09.2012

Beaten a nose

2nd in “Défi du Galop” at Craon on September 3rd, MARCETI is back to his best level.

Always well placed, he entered the last straight in 3rd position. And, as usual, after a short spell without improving, he challenged and finished very fast, only beaten a nose for the first place.

Next step: the “Défi du Galop” at Nantes in October.

02.09.2012

First win

“He won in a way proving he was better than the others” Paul Terpereau told us on the telephone as he was present at Ploërmel on September 2nd to see his horse GREAT HORIZON win.

Actually, when watching the film of the race, we could see that his jockey Mathias Solier trusted him to perform a nice race and an easy win.

02.09.2012

To be followed

Good come back for TORPILLEUR in a chase at Craon on September 2nd .

Always in second position, he jumped remarkably well and finished 4th.

He needed this race and this come back will do him a lot of good.

02.09.2012

Magical moments

HE DID IT!!!

On September 2nd, CHRISETI won the Grand cross-country race of Craon for the 3rd time. And for the second year on end, he did the dual win Anjour Loire Cahllenge and Grand cross-country race of Craon.

It was an incredible race:

We changed tactics: CHRISETI ran in 2nd position as we feared the traffic and the dust because of the big number of runners.

Less than an hour before the start of the race, Wilfrid Denault, who fell at the beginning of the day complained about a pain in his shoulder blade and declared forfeit. We, then, asked Anthony Blais to ride our champion. After a long hesitation, he accepted.

Well done, it was fantastic!

August 2012

27.08.2012

She is learning her job

 
CAPRICE FLORE, a 3 year old filly by Kotky Bleu out of Eria Flore, ran for the second time on August 27th in a hurdle race at Vichy.
She finished 5th: placed in the middle of the field, she jumped well and seemed to be completely beaten at the last fence but she found resources to come back.
 
This very late maturing filly still needs to get more experience and get tougher. She is quite interesting for the future.
 
26.08.2012

Back to competition

 
 
 
After one year off for injury, SIMONET finished 4th in a cross-country race at Granville on August 26th.
It was a race full of incidents and we could as well not have been in the first five!
 
He’ll probably run again at Craon at the end of September.
26.08.2012

A regular filly

 
 
 
On August 26th at Granville, UTOPISTE finished 2nd in a flat race on 2400m (12 furlongs).
Well placed all around, she was a bit keen, but finished well, beaten by a better horse.
 
This filly is an example of regularity, in each race, she gives her all.
25.08.2012

Easy win…

 
 
 
…for TOMCAT in a flat race at Pornichet on August 25th.
Started in the middle of the field, he came closer little by little in the bend and performed a very good finishing straight, without ever giving way to his competitors.
 
 
This cool and cold horse needs to be motivated by his jockey to show his qualities.
19.08.2012

Back in our esteeem

 
 
 
We were left with a sense of frustration with AMARABAD, stopped at Clairefontaine in a chase because of a very heavy ground.
At Craon on August 19th, he finished 4th in good company in a chase for 4 year old horses. He jumped very well and it was obvious that the big fences of this race-course suited him.
 
This horse by Astarabad is late and he will still improve.
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15.08.2012

Back to herself!

 
 
 
On August 15th at Vichy, URBAINE did a “half” come back over hurdles and finished 4th.
Well placed all around, she jumped very well, but in the finishing straight she needed to blow as she was not quite ready.
 
We were thrilled to see again the filly who had performed so well in 2011.
 
 
15.08.2012

Half come back”

 
 
 
After what happened in the Jockey Club, VALDO BERE had it easy for a few weeks. He then resumed work nice and quiet to be able to come back in Prix Michel Houyvet, a listed race on 3000m (a mile and 7 furlongs) on August 15th at Deauville.
 
He finished 4th, close to the first ones. The distance suited him but when the others started sprinting, he asked for a blow. He then re-started with courage.
 
This race did him a lot of good and he is going to improve in his preparation for the next objectives.
 
15.08.2012

Close finish

 
 
 
USHUAIA QUATZ finished 3rd in the Quinté (big handicap) Prix de Barneville at Deauville on August 15th.
 
In the last 50m they were 6 to fight and it moved a lot! Our filly got out of it! She was her own self: courageous, easy and hard-working… a dream for a jockey!   
 
14.08.2012

Always there!

 
 
 
On August 14th at Châteaubriant, MARCETI finished 2nd in a flat race on 2600m (13 furlongs), a distance he does appreciate.
 
Well place all around, he seemed to go back at the entrance of the finishing straight when the others started, but as usual, he started again and finished courageously.
 
12.08.2012

She kept up her effort and won again

 
 
 
Well done TROTOT who won her second chase on end at Lion d’Angers on August 12th. She was a bit lucky as her main
 
competitor made a big mistake at the last fence.
 
She performed a very good race without any mistake and finished quite easily. From now on she is a sure value in chases for our stables.
08.08.2012

He confirmed

 
 
On August 8th at Vichy there was the Criterium of the centre, a race which is a reference in the programme of 3 year old AQPS (non thoroughbred horses).
 
VUDI SEA finished 2nd. He has not to be ashamed of this result, but he could have done better: because actually this “big baby” jumped the road path, which made him unbalanced and then he “floated” all along the finishing straight.
Among the first 3 of the race, there was one horse VUDI SEA had beaten before and another one who had beaten him.
 
For the petty side of history, we were 2nd in 2012 in this race that we had won with UN SUCCES in 2011 and with THERAMENE in 2010.
 
07.08.2012

A new life

 
….for QUIZZICAL who has stopped his racing career.
From now on, a second life will start for him…. to make Lea happy in show jumping in the area.
 
When will they take part in the Olympic Games???
 
07.08.2012

Creation of a syndicate

 

Many people ask us to take part in the career of a race-horse through a syndicate. Therefore we are presently studying the possibility of creating a syndicate.

The principle could be a down payment of 5000 € which would include the purchase of horses and the training fees for 2 years.

In September, the possible members will be invited to a meeting of information which will take place at the end of September. During this meeting we’ll present the name and legal status of the syndicate, its colours, the number of horses, the expenses and so on… and we’ll answer all the questions.

Following this meeting, the subscribers will have 7 days to confirm their registration or not.

We could thus start at the beginning of 2013.

 

If you are interested, let us know and we’ll send you a pre-registration.

Don’t hesitate to contact us via e-mail: etienne.leenders@wanadoo.fr

 

05.08.2012

With serious competitors

 
PLOVDIV finished 3rd in a B race of a good standard at Deauville on August 5th.
From the start he took the lead to avoid having a race without any pace and entered the finishing straight with still a lot of “petrol” in the tank but he unfortunately buried himself in the chopped ground along the rail.
In spite of this, he launched himself again at mid-straight to keep the 3rd place.

The winner is a very good German horse whose objective is the Gr1 Prix Jean Luc Lagardère

04.08.2012

First time out for Jupiter

 
On August 4th at Pornichet, the 2 year old colt JUPITER by Astronomer Royal out of Frissonnante, ran first time out on a mile on the all-weather track.
He was short of speed out of the stalls and a bit lost as a beginner, but he nevertheless ran well to finish 6th.
04.08.2012

Limit conditions to run!

 
 
On Saturday 4th of August at Clairefontaine, for the big jumping day, the ground was sticky and many horses didn’t show their true value.
It was not the case for our UN SUCCES who managed to get well out of it and finished 3rd in Prix Baron Dutacq, beaten by two good horses.
 
UN SUCCES is now more mature and we plan to run him at Auteuil in the autumn.
01.08.2012

Beaten by better ones

 
 
 
At Sables-d’Olonne on August 1st, UNE DE MONTOT was 3rd over hurdles in quite good company.
 
This good jumper entered the finishing straight in 3rd, 4th position, but she couldn’t do any better to finish.
 
The first place will be for next time!!!

July 2012

28.07.2012

Good performance

 
On July 28th at Sables-d’Olonne, TADJIKE was 2nd in Prix Paul Collins.
 
Always well placed, she finished fast but didn’t manage to disturb the winner.
 
Her jockey, Mathieu Androuin, told us she was more at ease on the all-weather track than on the grass.
 
We are quite happy with this performance, because this race is a reference in the programme of 4 and 5 year-old AQPS .
 
 
26.07.2012

A little bit of humour "It's cool and nice in here !!!"

During these hot days, this nice horse was very thirsty!!!!!

25.07.2012

Following

 
 
 
.....and the other way round!!
22.07.2012

Change of tactics

UTOPISTE was 2nd in a flat race at Lion d’Angers on July 24th.

Ridden closer to the lead than in her previous races, Madame de Tarragon’s 4 year old AQPS (non-thoroughbred) filly behaved very well.

Short of speed when the others started, she came back nicely in the finishing straight to take an excellent 2nd place.

22.07.2012

Amirant in his category

 

Well done to AMIRANT who finished 2nd in the Grand Handicap of Maisons-Laffitte on July 22nd.

In a very good company, he showed us how brave he was. Already keen in the far straight, he took the lead early in the finishing straight and was only beaten a length.

With this excellent performance, Michel Marchal’s horse proved he was now well adapted to these big handicaps.

Next entry in September in the same type of race.

 

16.07.2012

A horse to be followed

 

On July 16th at Chateaubriant, MIRINO was 4th in quite good company. He is improving and starts understanding his job.

 

This 3 year-old thoroughbred by Dansili belonging to Lady O’ Reilly, will be more interesting to follow on the big  race-tracks of Deauville and Paris where we will be able to see all his potential.

15.07.2012

First win for Shaveignes over hurdles

 

 

SHAVEIGNES’s win in a hurdle race at Senonnes on July 15th does comfort us in the hopes we had for him.

This 4 year old thoroughbred by Royal Dragon out of Sadlerella only started competition in 2012 because his owner, Sue Bramall, wanted to wait for him to mature. It was a good idea because he is a horse for the future.

15.07.2012

Another horse for the future

 

On July 15th at Sables d’Olonne, UNTIL DREAM  was good second in a flat race on 1950m (9 ¾ furlongs). He was in 3rd or 4th position all around and performed a good finishing straight not beaten much for the first place. His breeders/owners, Mr and Mrs Houdin, were thrilled with the performance of their pupil.

 

This horse by Until Sundown out of Stephy Dream is not precocious. He will certainly be even better in the second part of the year.

 

14.07.2012

Good come back

SASKATOON resumed competition in a cross-country race at Corlay on July 14th and finished 5th.

He needed this come back to get into the game again. It was actually his second cross-country race and his courage compensated for his lack of experience.

To be followed because he has a certain marginof improvement.

14.07.2012

She is going on her own little way

At Lignières on July 14th, LADY DE CRUSSE ran a cross-country race and finished 2nd. Little by little she is improving and should soon win the first cross-country race of her career. 

She has “everything” for it to work out, and as her jockey Mathias Solier says:” she jumps well, she is courageous and full of good will.”

To be followed this summer!

13.07.2012

Nice win!

TADJIKE did a come back in a flat race on July 13th at Pornichet and won with a lot of class. 

This win had a particular savour for her owners-breeders Mr and Mrs de Tarragon and for ourselves. Actually TADJIKE is a miraculously healed horse. In November 2010, during a race at Angers, a horse fell in front of her and made her fall in her turn. As a result: bad fracture of the off fore leg….. reserved diagnosis.

She then spent a year at Haras de Maulepaire to heal and came back to us in full form!

And a year and a half later: a winning come back! 

11.07.2012

Good mark for Vudi Sea…

….who did a superb performance when finishing 2nd in a flat race Prix de L’isle Briant at Lion d’Angers on July 10th.

This race is a reference for AQPS (non thoroughbred) racing. The best three-year-old at the moment meet for the first time and you always have good horses out of this race.

VUDI SEA by Great Pretender out of Kusea is Gondleen and Chriseti’s nephew. Her dam Kusea had a very decent career on the flat. We had decided not to train her over jumps and to send her to stud. As she was the only filly in the family we didn’t want to take any risk with her.

10.07.2012

And one hour later….

….VUDI SEA ’s eldest sister, TROTOT (by Sleeping Car out of Kusea) won a chase. She won for the first time and….in a very nice way.

Last time out she was stopped at Segré because a horse fell in front of her and she couldn’t go on.

This time, we were re-assured and Wilfrid Denuault confirmed “I had more resources to go on!”

After the race, a spectator came and asked us if she was going to go on guard after Chriseti…

Future will tell!

10.07.2012

A race without any pace

UTOPISTE finished 4th in a flat race at Lion d’Angers on July 10th.

There was no pace at all at the beginning of the race and it ended on a sprint. This was a very big disadvantage for our filly. UTOPISTE likes races with pace in which she can finish very fast.

06.07.2012

Champagne!

Since CHRISETI won the Anjou Loire Challenge, we had not had any time to celebrate with all the staff.

On July 6th we took advantage of a fair period of weather to meet and celebrate CHRISETI and also the winners of the previous week-end.

Well done to all the staff!

05.07.2012

Improving

PLOVDIV finished 2nd at Deauville in a D race on 1300m (6 ½ furlongs) on July 5th.

He had not the easiest race: with number 1 in the stalls, Antoine Hamelin didn’t manage to get him out for him to finish on the outside. And, with the rain we had, the all weather track was not good at all along the rail.

Nevertheless, it was a good performance as there were colts and fillies in the race who seemed to be estimated by their trainers.  

04.07.2012

Super dual win

Ideal scenario at Compiègne on July 2nd: our two runners AMIRANT and USHUAIA QUATZ won on the flat.

Congratulations to two passionate owners:

Michel Marchal won his first “quinté” (big handicap in which the punters have to find the first five) this year and Olivier Quiniou had his first win on a “Parisian” track.

Champagne will flow with all the staff.

03.07.2012

First win in a “quinté”

…for AMIRANT on July 2nd at Compiègne. 

We drew conclusions from his previous race when he was ridden at the back of the field and didn’t finish. This time, the instructions were to ride him close to the lead….and it worked! He won with class and a nice margin.

For the petty side of history, AMIRANT was bought in a claiming race at Deauville in August 2011 for Michel Marchal who wanted a jumper. But, as this horse by Shirocco out of A Winning Dream shows real abilities on the flat, we keep him in this discipline for the time being. Next entry at Deauville this summer.

02.07.2012

Nice and easy win

On July 2nd on the flat, USHUAIA QUATZ easily won the second part of the handicap of Compiègne.

This filly is always in the finish and only brings us satisfactions. She has a lot of character and is not particularly pleasant but on the other hand she is courageous and tough. The jockeys who rode her say that she is easy in a race and always does her best.

She is a filly to be followed this summer.

June 2012

30.06.2012

Courageously

ROXY DE VINDECY won at Longchamp on June 30th. Thierry Jarnet launched his horse from the beginning of the long straight and he managed to resist to all the attacks up to the winning post.

He was meeting horses with better rating than those he met in his previous races and he really deserved this win.

He is now going on holidays for a month and will resume competition in the autumn.

24.06.2012

Improving

This year, TES BELLE is improving with every race.

At Granville it was not obvious because there were 16 runners and among them some good specialists of cross-country on this race-course. She finished a good 2nd and managed to avoid all the traps of the track.

She will go on nice and quiet in this discipline.

21.06.2012

Courageous

On June 21st at La Teste-de-Buch, FILLE D’AVRIL was 4th in a flat handicap on 1900m (9 ½ furlongs).

After she had won at Bordeaux, the handicapper penalised her with 3 kilos, which certainly didn’t help. As usual she did her best: one more step and she would have been 3rd.

Next entry in the west region: Châteaubriant or Pornichet in July.

19.06.2012

Stayer

On June 19th at Sables d’Olonne, MARCETI finished 2nd in a flat race, beaten more by the race circumstances than by the competitors.

It was the first time he ran on the distance of 2700m (a mile and 5 ½ furlongs) and it suited him perfectly. His training over jumps turned him into a stayer and from now on he will run from 2700m to 3000m (from a mile and 5 ½ furlongs to a mile and 7 furlongs).

19.06.2012

Good second

UNE DE MONTOT finished 2nd in a hurdle race at Sables d’Olonne on June 19th, beaten by a better horse.

This tough filly had won at Vire first time out over hurdles but on this race-course of Sables d’Olonne, she was far more serious and has improved in her jumps.

On the flat she only liked firm ground but in this hurdle race she did appreciate sticky going. 

19.06.2012

Late filly

On June 19th at Sables d’Olonne, UNE VAGUE ran for the second time over hurdles and finished 3rd.

She has still a margin of improvement as she has to get tougher. All the horses in her family are late, her brother TAPALOEIL only ran first time out when he was 4.

She will be much better second part of the year.

19.06.2012

Beaten by the stewards

After passing the winning post first, there is nothing more upsetting than hearing the siren indicating that there is a steward inquiry.

That is what happened to us at Sables d’Olonne on June 19th: UTOPISTE won a flat race but in the finishing straight, she slightly impeded the horse who finished 5th. The stewards disqualified her from the 1st to the 5th place.

We nevertheless had a very good impression. She has now got her passport to run the good races for 4 year-old AQPS (non-thoroughbred horses).

18.06.2012

He won with a good margin

On June 18th at Nantes, AMARABAD won Prix Jean Sobry (a chase on 3800m, two miles and 3 furlongs).

This horse does not stop improving with each race. He has become more respectful of the fences and his jockey Mathias Solier told us: “He is now much easier to deal with and more concentrated on his work”.

This fine black horse should improve with age.

17.06.2012

At last!

MIRINO, a 3 year-old thoroughbred by Dansili out of Mirina was a morning glory up to now.

He re-assured us at Niort on June 17th when finishing 2nd in a flat race. He still behaved like a baby looking to the right then to the left but he finished with courage.

To be followed!

17.06.2012

First win…

…for FORTE BLUE JAVILEX over hurdles at Jallais on June 17th. In a race with a lot of pace, well ridden by Wilfrid Denuault, she courageously won the race just on the line.

This filly by Anabaa Blue out of For Quartz won’t stop at this stage as she has still a good margin of improvement.

10.06.2012

We hoped he would do it and he did it

In the morning, PLOVDIV worked pleasantly and seriously and improved with every gallop. Before his first race at Sables d’Olonne on June 10th , we were very confident but also tensed up as we are every time one of our horses runs first time out.

And this two year old colt by Hurricane Cat out of Septième Face was not disappointing. He won by little but quite surely. Still a baby racing against competitors who had already run, he proved to be courageous and tough.

His jockey, Antoine Hamelin, told us he was a pleasant horse who had a nice future in front of him.   

10.06.2012

Come back race

On June 10th at Durtal, we had entered TROTOT in a flat race on 2900m ( 14 ½ furlongs) for her come back. 

She had not run on the flat for a year, because she is a filly for chasing. She was not quite ready but behaved very well and finished 4th.

Next time: back over jumps.

10.06.2012

Good race

TES BELLE was 3rd in a cross-country race at Durtal on June 10th.

Raphaël Delozier rode her with a lot of confidence and told us after the race: “It was a pity the race finished with a sprint because the mare could not follow after the last fence. But she fought as much as she could to come and get the 3rd place.”

This small but useful mare will have races suiting her during the summer.

06.06.2012

Easy win…

…for ROXY DE VINDECY at Maisons-Laffitte on June 6th. It was the second time this courageous little horse won and it was certainly not the last time.

It was also a first winner for his young owners who bought this gelding by Spadoun at the beginning of 2012.

06.06.2012

Good race…..

…..for ROCHE TO BEND at Maisons-Laffitte who finished 3rd in a claiming race on the distance of a mile.

Well placed at mid finishing straight, he seemed to be on his last legs but he started again with courage.

This type of race suits him well and he will go on running in this category

05.06.2012

Always “in the money”

USHUAIA QUATZ finished 3rd at Longchamp on June 5th ridden by Thierry Jarnet.

This filly is an example of regularity, she is energetic and brave and she always works for the punters’ money.

We can always rely on her, and little by little, she goes up the grades with the objective of winning a “quinté” (big handicap in which the punters have to find the first five).

04.06.2012

Not understandable!!!

VALDO BERE ran the Jockey Club at Chantilly on June 3rd.

The horse was only the shadow of himself all through the race. When getting off, Thierry Jarnet told us: “I don’t understand anything, the horse didn’t move as usual. He jumped instead of galloping and had no nerve impulse.”

How to explain it: As soon as he arrived on the racecourse, VALDO BERE was given a box with partitions which were not going up to the ceiling. We could not know at that stage that there would be a filly next door!!! Our horse got excited all morning and consequently lost all his energy. When we took him out for a walk, he was abnormally burnt out.

It is obvious for us that before a race colts and fillies should be parted and it is a professional mistake not to do it.

To be beaten fair and square is something we can accept, but to loose all your chances because of a mistake in the assigning of boxes, it is not acceptable!!!   

04.06.2012

A horse for the future

PRIVATE EQUITY won a hurdle race with a lot of class at Sablé- sur-Sarthe on June 4th , very well ridden by Jonathan Viard who was thrilled with the horse and the race.

This very good-looking 4 year old by High Yield out of Annette Girl was a decent horse on the flat. He has now understood his new job: jumping.  

04.06.2012

Winning first time out

UNE DE MONTOT, a filly by Voix du Nord out of Idylle de Montot, ran first time out in a hurdle race for 4 year-old AQPS (non-thoroughbred) at Vire on June 4th.

She won by 6 lengths in a quite promising style.

The season is starting and there are many possible entries for her: Les Sables d’Olonne, Clairefontaine, ….

03.06.2012

A lot of pressure!

VUDI SEA had absolutely to win his first race to be up to the family standard. He is actually Gondleen and Chriseti’s nephew: tough heritage on the dam side!

He made it. At Niort, on June 3rd, he won a flat race for 3 year-old AQPS (non-thoroughbred) very easily.

This gelding by Great Pretender out of Kusea was born at Haras de la Rousselière and, as you can see on the photograph, he was already on his toes and ready to fight at that stage!

03.06.2012

A regular horse

CHAMPRIEUX is 3rd over hurdles at Vitré on June 3rd.

This good jumper is better off in chases, but we have not always a choice of entries and horses have to run.

He is a horse who is always in the first five and who goes his own way.

03.06.2012

A race for amateur riders

Ridden by an amateur rider, Edouard Montfort, KAPVILLE finished 2nd in a chase at Dieppe on June 3rd.

He ran very well, but a big mistake in the far straight prevented him from winning.

This horse by Kapgarde is slowly going up the grades and gets tougher with every race. He is a reliable horse for our stables.

03.06.2012

Back on her favourite race-course

On June 3rd at Vitré, PRAIZDEL DE JUIGNE offered a first winner to her owners breeders, Robert Delestre and Jean- Pierre Praizelin.

Last year on this same race-course, she had debuted well when finishing 2nd in a hurdle race.

This time, she won easy….. Fortunately, Wilfrid Denuault managed to calm down this very keen filly and she respected the jumps.

May 2012

28.05.2012

Easy win…

….for RENNETI at Senonnes on May 28th in a flat race.

This 3 year old horse by Irish Wells out of Caprice Meill, pleases us immensely as he improves with every race.

Next objective: The Derby of the West at Nantes on July 2nd.

27.05.2012

French cross-country championship

At Rostrenen on May 27th, DIAMROCK ran a race belonging to the French championship circuit. He did a serious performance and finished 3rd.

He is a seasonal horse who does better when it is warm and sunny. He is going to run other stages of the championship this summer.

26.05.2012

She wins for the first time

At Bordeaux on May 26th, FILLE D’AVRIL  won a flat race on 1900m (9 ½ furlongs), well ridden by Jean-Baptiste Hamel who rode her for the first time.

We have now found the right distance and ground for her to express all her qualities. Well placed all around, she performed a nice acceleration in the last straight.

She will go on running in handicaps.

24.05.2012

Well deserved holidays

Eight days after the cross-country race Anjou Loire Challenge, CHRISETI went for a holiday for a few weeks.

He now takes advantage of the good grass under the protection of his two “body guards”, Yoneti  and Renneti… and the geese who are chief keepers of the paddock.

Our champion is secure!

21.05.2012

Little by little, we….

…. are getting closer to winning a quinté (big handicap in which punters have to find the first five) with  AMIRANT. 3rd on May 19th at Maisons-Laffitte, (before that he was 5th at Chantilly), he performed a superb race.

This good result proved that he is a horse for this kind of races because he quickly got used to these races that are run with a lot of rhythm.

Will the next one be the right one???

20.05.2012

He found his way

On May 18th at Chantilly, ROXY DE VINDECY finished 2nd beaten by a better horse. He always runs his best form. He is at his best on long distances in claimers.

We are never disappointed by this useful horse.

20.05.2012

The king of cross-country racing

For the second time, King CHRISETI won the Anjou Loire Challenge, the longest race in the world (7300m, 4 miles 4 ½ furlongs and 49 obstacles) at Lion d’Angers on May 17th.

In a tough race, faster than last year, he jumped everything well and smoothly as usual (except the hole). He started off from the way up the “pianos”, neatly accelerated when coming down and then left his competitors on the spot to win by 15 lengths, greeted with cheers by the public.

This 12 year old horse has an exceptional longevity. We protect him by running him only 3 or 4 times a year with two objectives: the Anjou Loire Challenge and the Grand Cross-country race of Craon.

Let’s meet in September at Craon!!

19.05.2012

The breeders

Everything started in Normandy. Jean and Françoise Gondouin together with their daughter Christine Leenders, bought a filly L’Allier who won 6 times.

After her racing career, they decided to keep her as a brood mare. She produced several good horses: GONDLEEN, L’ARTISTE FRANÇAIS, KUSEA, CHRISETI, and CHRISLEEN ( who didn’t run and was kept as a brood mare).

 Hats off also for Pierre and Nelly de la Guillonière because CHRISETI was conceived and born at Haras de la Rousselière by their stallion April Night.

How comforting it is to see these results! And how happy can we be with these wins! 

19.05.2012

The team

There are no big winners without women and men working in the shadow. Thank you to all of them.

It is to them we dedicate this win because without motivated staff, there wouldn’t be any winners.

18.05.2012

The owner and the trainer

Joel Blandin, the owner, bought CHRISETI when he was a yearling. He was already the owner of GONDLEEN (CHRISETI’s elder brother) and wished to go on with this family line (by April Night out of L’Allier). Good for him, he is so happy with his horse.

Etienne Leenders, the trainer, wondered what to do with this small horse after his fracture of the malleolus at the age of 3. The horse did not come back to the quality he had shown before his accident at Auteuil. A solution had to be found and Etienne had the idea to take him to cross-country racing. Bingo!

17.05.2012

The jockey

If there is an indissociable couple, it is definitely Wilfrid Denuault and CHRISETI.

When you see the race, you can see that each of them knows his place and knows what to do. Wilfrid knows that he can trust his champion.

Well done Wilfrid, it was a perfectly ridden race!!!

16.05.2012

The faithful pal

Jean Frédéric Cécillon, kindly nicknamed Jean-Jean, is the person who is closer to CHRISETI.

He is the one who looks after the horse in his box, who rides him, who takes him to the paddock every day and…..of course who takes him to the races. They know each other so well that there is a real complicity, and Jean lets him do all his fancies.

Just an anecdote: to go racing to Lion d’Angers on May 17th, Jean was quite worried and inquired on the best route to take because there were road works on one of the way and he didn’t want his horse to get upset.

Thank you Jean

14.05.2012

New foal

On May 10th at Haras de la Monnerie, Caprice Meill gave birth to a nice colt foal by Turtle Bowl.

We are thrilled to have a colt out of Caprice Meill who was a good filly and was listed placed. And cherry on the cake, on May 13th , a colt by Turtle Bowl won the French 2000 Guineas.

Clever mating???? We can dream and hope it is!

13.05.2012

A filly for the future

UNE VAGUE, a 4 year old AQPS (non-thoroughbred) filly by Voix du Nord out of Nouvelle Vague, ran first time out at Nantes on May 13th. She was good 2nd in this hurdle race on the distance of 3500m (2 miles and 1 ½ furlong).

She has all the required qualities to be a good racing filly: she is a good jumper, she has a good finish, and on top of that….she has a good mental.

This promising but late filly will run several times in the province to get tougher before going to Auteuil in the autumn.

13.05.2012

Her discipline: cross-country racing

On May 13th at Lignières, SILVERLEA finished 2nd in a cross-country race, not beaten much. She ran well and seemed to be at ease on firm ground.

This excellent jumper enjoys the big courses with not too much distance between the fences.

We’ll see her again all summer on this kind of race-course.

09.05.2012

Well done Mathias SOLIER…

...for his dual win at Questembert on May 8th with AMARABAD and RAVELLO.

These two wins pleased all his colleagues, because Mathias is very appreciated for his humour and high spirits.

08.05.2012

1st win over jumps…

….for RAVELLO at Questembert on May 8th. Well placed all around, he made one or two mistakes, but in the last straight, he came easily and won by 3 lengths.

He is a useful horse for our stables and will have good results in his category.

08.05.2012

AMARABAD comforts us

After an average beginning of the season, AMARABAD won a chase with a lot of class at Questembert on May 8th.

It was a first time for him in this discipline and he didn’t make a single mistake. When his jockey Mathias Solier asked him to accelerate, he did so quite easily.

Congratulations to his owner-breeder Hubert Lepée.

08.05.2012

New success for…UN SUCCES

On May 8th at Nantes, UN SUCCES won a hurdle race on 3500m (2 miles and 1 ½ furlong).

Well ridden by Jonathan Viard who rode him for the first time, he made short work of his opposition.

His owners in partnership, Michel Marchal and Paul Terpereau, and his breeders Pierre and Nelly de la Guillonnière are re-assured, as they were all (and we as well) very worried after his fall at Meslay-du-Maine.Thanks to our osteopath, Jean Philippe Gondouin, the horse is back to his best form.

08.05.2012

Good race

UNTIL DREAM, a 3 year-old thoroughbred by Until Sundown out of Stephy Dream, finished 4th in a flat race at Senonnes on May 8th.

He took a good start in 4th position, showed a slight hesitation in the finishing straight, but he pulled himself together to finish courageously.

He is well in himself and will certainly do a good season.

08.05.2012

Back to flat racing for MARCETI

On May 8th at Nantes, in Prix Bois Rouaud, MARCETI finished 3rd.

We were very happy with his performance. He ran very well and will go on running on the flat for the time being as we have a certain selection of entries.

06.05.2012

Back to competition

UTOPISTE had not run since Sept 2011. For her come back in a flat race at Royan on May 6th, she finished 4th on 2900m (14 ½ furlongs).

After the race, her jockey Mathieu Androuin told us that the distance was a bit long for her and that she needed to get back to racing rhythm!!

01.05.2012

TOUTE NOIR…

….finished 2nd in a flat race Prix de la Rousselière at Lion d’Angers on May 1st on the distance of 2300m (a mile and 3 ½ furlongs).

The ground was heavy, which doesn’t suit TOUTE NOIR, but she was courageous all along and was beaten by a good horse.

Summer is getting close, the going will be firmer and ... TOUTE NOIR will win!  

01.05.2012

Change of discipline

ROMAIN DE VINDECY did a come back in a flat race at Lion d’Angers on May 1st after a year off following a fracture of a canon bone at Auteuil.

This quality horse finished 5th in his first flat race. We’ll now keep him on the flat. 

April 2012

30.04.2012

AMIRANT in a “quinté”

(a big handicap in which the punters have to find the first 5)

At Chantilly on April 30th, AMIRANT went up the grades when running Prix de Chevrières, a “quinté” on 2400m (a mile and a half). Well placed all around, he pulled a little bit but nevertheless finished a courageous 5th.

We had bought this horse in 2011 for jumping but, in agreement with his owner Michel Marchal, we have now decided that he will go on running on the flat because after this good race, we hope he will do well in this category.

29.04.2012

He is better than that!

On April 29th at Angers, UNAME RED ran over hurdles and finished 5th.

This place does not reflect his quality. This “big baby” who is still unexperienced, jumped well but pulled a lot and on heavy going, he paid for it to finish.

He is a horse for the future and he will be better in chases.

25.04.2012

At her place

STARTLING DU MAGNY finished 3rd at Auteuil in a chase on April 25th.

Patiently ridden by Bertrand Bourez (who discovered her), she stayed backwards up to the water (the one in the middle of the eight) and then she came in the finishing straight to take a good 3rd place.

23.04.2012

On the way to fame ? ?

On April 23rd at Longchamp, VALDO BERE finished 3rd in Prix Noailles (Gr II) on the distance of 2100m (10 ½ furlongs). This is a superb performance which might even have been better, had the race been run on a faster pace.

It was a race without any pace, and when they did start, our horse was blocked in. When he managed to get out, he finished very fast but too late.

Thierry Jarnet was very happy with VALDO and confirmed : Don’t change your objective ……and go on towards the Jockey Club.

Let’s meet again on June 3rd.

22.04.2012

RED SLIN sets his marks

When finishing 3rd at Auteuil behind two good horses, RED SLIN is on his way towards the next good races for 4 year-olds on this race-course.

He might have had a better place : actually his jockey Régis Schmidlin (who replaced Wilfrid Denuault who is injured) confirmed that if he had known the horse he would have been closer.

Let’s see next time !

20.04.2012

He confirmed

RENNETI (by Irish Wells out of Caprice Meill), was 3rd atChateaubriant on April 20th in a flat race on the distance of 1950m (a mile and 1 3/4 furlong).

He ran very well…. all around. It was a bit too fast for him and he only started to change gear at 50m (1/4 furlong) from the finishing post.

Next time, we’ll run him on a longer distance.

He is quite a good recruit and we know his dam improved with age.  

17.04.2012

He ran well!

RAVELLO finished 2nd in a hurdle race at Cholet on April 17th.

The horse ran well, ridden by a trustful Mathias Solier. Always well placed during the race, he got beaten after the last fence. Actually, this good jumper is not able to accelerate, he is one paced.

17.04.2012

Reassuring news

On Monday, April 16th at Meslay-du Maine, Wilfrid Denuault fell with UN SUCCES  in a chase.

The fall was quite impressive and our jockey stayed donw on the track for a while. After being seen by the doctor and going to the hospital of Château-Gontier, the diagnosis was: fractures of the collar bone and of the shoulder blade.

We wish him a quick recovery.

16.04.2012

He is on the right way

On Monday, April 16th, KAPVILLE ran a chase on the demanding race-course of Meslay-du-Maine.

He finished 3rd, performing a good race, ridden by Ludovic Solignac. This good jumper starts making up for lost time because he has been very immature for long and seemed not to have “come”. Therefore, we couldn’t go faster than nature.

It is always the same story, horses have to run as soon as possible, but when they are very late, you have to wait…..and time is money!!!!

12.04.2012

Test race

FORTE BLUE JAVILEX ran over hurdles for the first time at Moulins on April 12th and finished 4th.

And yet, it was not obvious because she is a very tensed up filly and it is difficult to have her relaxed. Wilfrid Denuault rode him at the back of the field for her to learn how to relax and then he came to finish well in the last straight.

We’ll see next time if she has understood the lesson.

12.04.2012

On his home land

ROXY DE VINDECY, 3rd at Moulins on April 12th, pleased his breeders, Mr and Mrs. Grue who came to support him as they live next door.

Actually the breeding place of the horses “de Vindecy” is situated at Cercy La Tour in Nièvre.

ROXY, a regular and useful horse, goes his own way in his category.

11.04.2012

Always there!

The courageous LOUP DE MER has yet again shown what he was able to do. On April 11th at Auteuil, he finished 2nd in a claiming hurdle race.

This good jumper likes this track and especially when the ground is heavy and each time he finishes pleasantly.

LOULOU, next time, you have to win!

09.04.2012

Health walk!

CHAMPRIEUX won a chase very easily at Orléans on April 9th.

In the lead all around, he jumped perfectly and cantered easily to the finishing post.

He is, little by little stepping up in the grades.

09.04.2012

CHRISETI’s come back

To prepare the Anjou Loire Challenge on May 17th at Lion d’Angers, we had no choice of entries for CHRISETI. We therefore took him to Lion d’Angers for a come back on a race-course he knew well.

He finished 4th carrying a mountain of weight (77kg). We can regard this performance as a good come back as he needed the race which was not too hard for him.

The next day he had recuperated well.

Meet next at Lion d’Angers on May 17th.

08.04.2012

Good come back

AMIRANT had not run since September 2011. He did a come back in a flat race at La Teste on April 8th, finishing 2nd beaten by a better horse.

He is already well schooled over hurdles and we still think it over whether to run him on the flat or over jumps for the pursuit of his career.

07.04.2012

CASTEL RENARD died

One of our retired horses died quietly aged 24 on April 7th in Normandy. Our good, old servant, CASTEL RENARD  had stopped his career in August 2000.

This very small and stout bay horse jumped in a fantastic way. His life time results: 22 wins and 17 places.

Running cross-country races, he had an impressive collection of wins on all the provincial race-courses and was twice French champion in his discipline. 

04.04.2012

Excellent come back…

…for TOUTE NOIR (Roli Abi out of Idée de Valeur) on April 4th at Saint-Cloud in Prix d’Estruval, a race for 4 and 5 year-old AQPS (non-thoroughbred horses) on the distance of 2500m (a mile and 4 and a half furlongs).

She finished 2nd in decent company. She is now back to the nice level she showed us last year.

04.04.2012

It is not her sport!

STARTLING DU MAGNY did a come back in a hurdle race at Fontainebleau on April 4th.

At the end of a very decent race, she finished 3rd,although it is not her favourite discipline but she had to start some where !!!!

We’ll see her again at Auteuil in a chase.

02.04.2012

Good pedigree

 

RENNETI ran first time out on April 2nd at Lion d’Angers in a flat race for unraced horses on the distance of 2000m (a mile and two furlongs). He performed a very serious race and finished courageous 3rd.

This 3 year-old thoroughbred by Irish Wells out of Caprice Meill showed us he inherited his dam's qualities of courage and pugnacity. On top of that we only hear good comments on the production of Irish Wells.

We are allowed to hope…. for a future good career for RENNETI.

01.04.2012

New ownership

VALDO BERE did a come back on April 1st at Saint-Cloud in Prix François Mathet, a listed race on the distance of 2100m (10 1/2 furlongs). He finished 3rd beaten a nose for the second place.

What a race! He started at the back of the field and Thierry Jarnet took him out at mid-straight ant there....he placed an incredible acceleration. Thierry told us that a step further he would have been second.

VALDO BERE honoured his new owners, Luigi and Guiseppina Roveda, who saw him in competition for the first time.

01.04.2012

In her category

TES BELLE is 2nd in a chase at Durtal on April 1st.

This 5 year-old APQS (non-thoroughbred mare) by Shaanmer out of Belle d’Oran, is a good jumper. She lacks speed but she is generous.

She is going to make her living all along the year.

March 2012

31.03.2012

Still at Auteuil

MARCETI is going on running over hurdles. On March 31st, he finished 3rd at Auteuil.

He didn’t make any mistake jumping, but he was still too keen all around and paid for that to finish.

27.03.2012

He was very close to success!

On March 27th at Nantes, UN SUCCES finished 2nd in Prix de Sucé, a hurdle race for 4 year old horses on the distance of 3600m ( 2 miles and one and a half furlong).

The horse behaved well and he might have won but unfortunately he had a very hectic race.

Next step: Auteuil.

26.03.2012

A nephew for CHRISETI

On March 18th, CHRISLEEN (Maresca Sorrento), who is the sister of Gondleen, of L’Artiste Français and of Chriseti, foaled and gave birth to a lovely colt foal by Great Pretender.

He is the spitting image of Gondleen: small, tonic, and has the same head. Let’s wish him the same career and hope he honours the family!

26.03.2012

At Auteuil

After promising first times out at Pau and a good race at Angers in February, we wanted to run RED SLIN at Auteuil.

It is now done: on March 25th, he ran remarkably well over hurdles and finished 3rd of Prix de Marsan. In a race without any pace, he was well placed all around, jumped everything well but when getting to the finishing straight, he had a mark time when the race was launched. After the last hurdle, he got well balanced and finished very well.

Wilfrid Denuault was quite happy with the horse. He confirmed that he would be more at ease on heavy ground.
26.03.2012

Horse to be followed

On March 25th at Machecoul, UN CHASSEUR ran first time out in a flat race and finished 5th.

This good-looking bay, 4 year-old AQPS (non-thoroughbred horse) by Voix du Nord out of Nanny, was not really at ease on this race-course. But this race had the advantage to put him forward in his preparation.

 Let’s not get ahead of schedule, his future is over jumps.

25.03.2012

New colours

 
At Orléans on March 25th, CHAMPRIEUX pleased his owner, Sébastien Chinchilla, when finishing good second for his first race since he has been in our training yard and his first time in a chase.
This small 5 year-old thoroughbred by Victorieux et Champagnepourlolo nearly won for the first time as he was only beaten a head.
 
He is going to improve after this performance.
25.03.2012

First time out, first win…

…for UNIVER DES PICTONS  in a flat race on 3200m (two miles) at Saumur on March 25th.

This 4 year-old AQPS (non-thoroughbred horse) by Nononito out of Nadia des Pictons performed a very regular race: 3rd or 4th all around, his jockey Mathieu Androuin launched him at the end of the last bend and he won very easily.

 The next day, he didn’t seem very tired from his race.

21.03.2012

Film at Les Landes

Since Monday 19th of March, a team of 19 students from the High School of Audio and Visual Arts of Angoulême have settled at Les Landes for the shooting of 2 films as part of their training for their audio-visual finishing exam.

For a whole week, they followed the life of the stables: training, office work, racing…

We noticed that it was an enormous work which appealed to all the different crafts of the cinema. These two films will be taken into account for their final exam. We are looking forward to seeing them.

20.03.2012

Back to himself

At Saint-Cloud on March 20th, ROXY DE VINDECY was back on the distance of 3000m (a mile and 7 furlongs) which suits him perfectly. He finished 3rd, but would have deserved to win as he only found an opening at a furlong from home. He finished very fast.

For the petty side of history, his jockey Mathieu Androuin was riding for his brother Guillaume who owns ROXY DE VINDECY.

19.03.2012

First chase

At Angers on March 19th, SANABATA JAVILEX finished 4th in a race for 4 year-old fillies.

 She jumped everything well, but was a bit short of work to finish, she was not quite ready.

It won’t be long before this good little filly wins for the first time.

19.03.2012

Promising first time out

YONETI, by Irish Wells out of Aulne River, ran first time out at Angers on March 19th in a flat race for unraced 3 year-old horses. He finished 4th not beaten much for 2nd or 3rd place.

 Well placed, close to the lead during the race, he got out in 3rd position at the entrance of the finishing straight. But, When Mathieu Androuin launched him, he got a bit unsettled and only found his action at 50m from the post, finishing very fast.

Unfortunately, his young owner Yoni Seror was not there, but he was thrilled with the first race of his colt

17.03.2012

Always regular

On Saturday 17th of March at Saint-Cloud, FILLE D’AVRIL ran under the colours of

her new owner, Paul Terpereau.

Terribly courageous, she finished 4th in spite of 2 handicaps: the weight (60kg) and the distance of 2400m which appeared to be too long for her.

We’ll change our plans and keep her on 2000-2100m and will try and find entries more suitable as far as weight is concerned.

13.03.2012

Back to cross-country racing

On March 13th at Fontainebleau, DIAMROCK was back to his favourite sport on 4600m (2 miles and 7 furlongs). He finished 4th.

After he passed the finishing post, we were all disappointed as on paper it was a lot that should have been in the capacity of the horse. But, after the race we noticed the horse was injured: another horse had galloped in his hind legs and as a consequence he had a shoe pulled out and a heel cut up. Therefore he was not able to finish as he was hanging to the right.

It is a painful injury but it can be well cured. We’ll see him soon back on race-courses.

11.03.2012

Always there!

LOUP DE MER  finished 2nd over hurdles at Auteuil on March 11th.

The very soft ground suited him perfectly and in the finishing straight he was like a young horse fighting for the second place .

Aged 10, he is still courageous and frisky. We know we can always rely on him.

11.03.2012

First time in a “quinté"...

 

(a handicap in which betting wise you have to find the first 5)....for AMARABAD over hurdles at Auteuil on March 11th. He finished 7th and did an excellent performance, making us forget his shock defeat at Enghien on February 28th.

This tall 4 year-old thoroughbred is quite able to run at this level. We’ll see him again soon at Auteuil with ambitions to win.

04.03.2012

Change of job

  

MARCETI ran over hurdles for the first time at Auteuil in Prix Rohan, a race for 4 year-old horses who have never run over jumps. He finished 5th.

He jumped well but still behaves like a “flat horse”. Wilfrid Denuault rode him for himself and respected him all around. There are still some adjustments to be made.

To be followed!

04.03.2012

Needed the race

  

SILVERLEA did a come back in a cross-country race at Lignières on March 4th, after 4 months off. She finished 4th in modest company.

She is better than that. After the race, we noticed she blew a lot: she was not ready.

Patience, she will improve in condition. Her objective was not Lignières.

04.03.2012

KAPVILLE won for the first time

  

KAPVILLE (by Kapgarde out of Ville Eagle) won a chase and showed he was much better than the lot he met at Lignières on March 4th.

This big late horse is a good jumper but he is very cold and his jockey Ludovic Solignac had to work hard on him.

 Who was more tired after the race? Ludovic or KAPVILLE????   

01.03.2012

Good 3rd place

At Fontainebleau on March 1st, KAPROYALE showed improvement for her second time out over hurdles.

This 4 year-old thoroughbred by Kapgarde out of Open Up is a good recruit for our stables.

She is a late filly and a good jumper who will get tougher with each race.

As a 4 year-old, she should please us.

01.03.2012

UN SUCCES ran for the first time….

  

…over hurdles at Fontainebleau on March 1st, ridden by Wilfrid Denuault. He finished 4th in Prix des Héronnières.

UN SUCCES ran well, but he jumped too big at the beginning of the race and then paid for his efforts in the finishing straight.

He was not quite ready and did need this race to improve for the future

February 2012

27.02.2012

Back on his home land

Not only the win has to be taken into account, but also the way the horse ran. UN PETIT PLUS ’s second place in a chase at Angers on February 26th , pleased us completely.

Great Pretender ’s son jumped very well indeed and finished well. A Pau in January, he had been stopped because the ground was too heavy : like his dam La Grande Touche, he prefers firm ground.

26.02.2012

Good come back of….

SAINT GRATIEN !

He did a come back at Angers on February 26th, after 10 months off, and finished 4th.

The long hurdle run of 4100m (2 miles and 4,5 furlongs) did show that he needed this come back race. The change of rhythm from chase to hurdle on a firm ground was a handicap for him, because the race was much faster. In spite of that, he did a good performance in

decent company.

26.02.2012

He confirms

After his good campaign at Pau, RED SLIN ran ahurdle race (Prix UBU III) and finished 3rd in excellent company.

We hoped for a better place, but contrary to his stable mate, UN PETIT PLUS, the firm ground was not advantageous at all for him.

He will be more at ease on a track with longer lines and on softer going.   

20.02.2012

Carrying a mountain of lead, …

….DIAMROCK ran in a chase at Angers on February 20th. In spite of carrying 71 kg, he performed a good race and finished 4th.

The year is only starting and he prepares himself nice and quietly before going back to his favourite discipline, cross-country racing on the race-courses of Saumur, Fontainebleau , Le Lion d’Angers…

19.02.2012

A win which happened as a surprise!

On February 19th at Machecoul, TOPAZE D’OUDAIRIES (by Sleeping Car out of Nouba d’Oudairies) did a come back in a flat race. He won easily on the distance of 2900m

(one mile and 6,5 furlongs).

We were very pleasantly surprised as flat racing is not really his sport!

But this tall 5 year old AQPS (non-thoroughbred) is late and is not yet quite ready physically for tough jump races.

Once hardened, he will be very pleasant.

15.02.2012

A nice winner!

Everyone was in high spirits after QUEEN MENANTIE won at Pornichet on February 14th.

As we actually discovered this filly by Kingsalsa out of Heleniade des Mottes in racing conditions, we wanted to see her perform well…..and as a cherry on the cake, she did better…and won by half a length.

This win helped us to forget cold and snow and it was a good reward for all our staff and for her owners: Mr and Mrs Ferron and Mr and Mrs Chailleux.

The filly has got a good moral…she will most certainly run at Deauville at the beginning of March.

14.02.2012

Improving

FILLE D’AVRIL proved her abilities when finishing 3rd in a D race on 2100m (a mile and 2,5 furlongs) at Pornichet on February 14th.

All around she followed her stable mate, QUEEN MENANTIE, and she finished very fast without being able to have a better place.

14.02.2012

Will he ever win?

Always in the money (12 places out of 15 races), GREABY doesn’t manage to win. On February 14th at Pornichet, he was second again.

He is a regular horse who always does what he is asked to do. Maybe does he lack the extra sparkle???

Let’s wait for his next race and let’s live in hope!.

10.02.2012

Development of the web site

From today, you can consult a new heading " classified " ( jobs, horses for sale, equipment....)

..and you can follow us with Facebook.

09.02.2012

Already 10 days

Of snow and cold .

The sand tracks are totally frozen and covered with snow and therefore unfit for horses.

We start thinking winter is very long !

08.02.2012

Fortunately....

Every afternoon, we are able to have horses out of the plastic track.

Even if they can't go very fast , they can exercise, hacking and doing small canters .

05.02.2012

A nice winner

TRIFOLIUM bred by Haras de la Rousselière and Mr and Mrs. Joel Poirier , brilliantly won a hurdle race at Punchestown in Ireland.

This AQPS ( half-bred) gelding by Goldeneyev out of Opium des Mottes had started his career in our stabbles winning several flat races under the colours of his owner Paul Terpereau . Afterwards, he was sold to an Irish owner.

We are always extremely pleased to see horses we sold on the other side of Channel succed .

January 2012

30.01.2012

Les Landes under snow

 

What a surprise this Monday morning! Winter has eventually arrived and around 9 o’clock, the snow started falling.

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One of the small lakes

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The small trotting track is getting covered with snow as time goes by.

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In the park, the big sequoia has witnessed  other times ! !

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The small paddocks are a desert, certainly no horses

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Where are the horses ?

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Looking forward to spring ! ! !

10.01.2012

Winter works

 

The beginning of January is always very quiet.

Therefore we take advantage to do the different necessary works both in the stables and on the tracks.

This week, Wednesday is dedicated to look after and repair the obstacles of the training track for young horses.

09.01.2012

Easy win

 

LOUP DE MER won easily over hurdles at Pau on January 9th.

He jumped off close to the lead, galloped easily around. For the last turn, he took the lead to win easily by 10 lengths. His stable pal, RAVELLO, finished 3rd far from him.

 

LOUP DE MER will run once again at Pau and then will come back to the west.

04.01.2012

Chriseti is back

 

What a surprise to see CHRISETI getting out of the horse box after 4 months holidays: he was round like a ball. The scales showed 80 kg extra!!!!

He has obviously enjoyed the good and rich food in Normandy… and with the holidays on top!!!!

 

Now back to work with the objective of the Anjou Loire Challenge in May.

03.01.2012

Well done! Superb!

 

When debuting over hurdles at Pau on December 10th, RED SLIN finished 2nd proving his qualities. In his second race at Pau and over hurdles again, he won easily Prix Bidart on January 3rd. It was a really good performance.

This horse by Denham Red, bred by Pierre Julienne and Etienne LEENDERS has certainly a nice career to look forward to.

02.01.2012

A courageous filly

 

On January 2nd at Deauville, FILLE D’AVRIL, finished 3rd and proved again that we can rely on her.

This “useful” mare will be interesting to follow in 2012 as she is certainly going to go up the grades.

01.01.2012

Wishes for 2012

 

We could not send you our best “horse” wishes without recalling CHRISETI who has been our 2011 champion in his category.

Happy New Year to all of you and see you soon on the race-courses.