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…did his job well !

 He finished 3rd at Auteuil on November 15th in Prix Cacao, a chase over 2m6f. Ridden by Ludovic Philipperon, he was in 7th, 8th position all around… he jumped perfectly well. And being well placed outside the bend, he finished well as usual.  

  But Ludovic confirmed that DOUX DINGUE only does the minimum he is required to do!!! Next entry in two weeks at Auteuil. Let’s see!

Congratulations to Paul Terpereau who watched the races of his two horses GNAFRON and DOUX DINGUE on television.

Happy, but like all of us, he was a bit frustrated not to be with his horses. But, let’s not complain, we are lucky enough to be allowed to run…


Still another good race for…

GNAFRON at Auteuil on November 15th ridden by Ludovic Philipperon.  

 This horse doesn’t stop improving with each race.

Yesterday in Prix Nupsala, a chase over 2m6f, he finished 3rd.

He performed a nice race and had a lot of resources outside the bend when a loose horse came very close beside him.

As a result, GNAFRON jumped on his bit and went forward quicker than planned… and on top of that, this loose one cut the way to GNAFRON at the one but last fence.

Although he was stopped, GNAFRON started again with courage.

As Ludovic said: “it cost me the second place”.


A well deserved win!

At Nantes on November 13th, FRANSLEEN won his first race ridden by Arthur Nail

FRANSLEEN has always been in the frame but never managed to win before. Now it’s done in a chase for 5 year-old horses over 2m5½f.  

 It was dreadful weather, it rained so much that in the finishing straight, you could guess the horses rather than see them.   

FRANSLEEN won well and the way he did it makes us think that it shouldn’t be his last win.

Well done to the owners Loic and Benjamin Glemin for their patience… this win is their reward.


Our FEZ doesn’t seem…

…to want to win !  

  Actually FEZ  is always placed !!    

Yesterday at Angers she finished second in a race for 4 and 5 year-old fillies and mares over 2m3f. 

Ridden by Arthur Nail, she was still 4th, 5th in the far straight, came closer out of the bend and finished very fast but too late…

 One more stride and we would have won…

The partners A.A. Maggiar and Hervé d’Armaillé were satisfied with the race of FEZ… but of course would have preferred to win.


Could do better!

On November 11th at Angers, RADIOLOGUE took part in the Grand Chase over 2m7f.

 He finished 5th ridden by Arthur Nail.

  We expected a better performance and were disappointed.

 First of all, he has the quality for such a race, secondly, we can’t reproach him with anything, he performed a good race and was always well placed in 3rd, 4th position. But in the finish, he didn’t prove to be that courageous!

  As a conclusion, next time small blinkers might make him understand that in the finishing straight you have to accelerate instead of staying cool!!

  Nevertheless we like him, RADIOLOGUE is a good attractive horse.


A good performance!

At Lyon on November 9th, OR GRIS ridden by Eddy Hardouin finished 3rd not beaten much for the second place. 

It was in the best race of the day, Prix du Grand Camp, a listed race over a mile and a half.   

  He ran well, always placed in 4th, 5th position and proved to be courageous as usual. 

  Now OR GRIS has finished his season, but he will stay at home in Anjou where he is going to have a few weeks holiday.


Good first time out over jumps for…

STAR OF DESTINY at Nantes on November 8th ridden by Arthur Nail. He finished 2nd in a hurdle race for 3 year-olds over 2m1½f.

It was a race with a lot of events…falls… and horses all around the place!!

This 3 year-old gelding needs to run and work, he made a few mistakes and showed he has to mature but in the finishing straight he was courageous.

  This race will do him good and will help him to move on. There is nothing better than a race for that. He is by Authorized out of Dinner Bell, belongs to Ecurie JAB and was bred by EARL Haras du Taillis and AJ. Crabb.


A race of loonies!!

When watching the video of the race of FONTAINE D’ARGENT at Mont de Marsan, I was horrified to see the speed they went… they were mad…

The ground was firm, there was not much to jump… and in spite of that our FONTAINE was 3rd, ridden by Hugo Lucas

For her who is a big jumper, who likes soft, even heavy going, it was really not her cup of tea!! And don’t forget, it was a chase for 3 year-old horses…..


She is going to change discipline

On November 6th at Le Mans, HEDWIGE D’ALENE was 3rd in a flat race for 3 year-old fillies over 1m3½f, ridden by Mathieu Androuin .

 Actually she ran well but she will be better over jumps as she has only one pace and has not the turn of foot of flat horses!

  This filly by Fuissé out of Mascotte d’Alène is the sister of a very good horse trained in England: Farouck d’Alène (3 starts, 3 wins) and was bred by her owners, Louis and Florence Couteaudier.


She is looking for a race to win!

On October 31st at Moulins, FATINES was once again in the finish in a chase for 4 and 5 year-old horses over 2m3f. 

 She finished 3rd, ridden by Arthur Nail.      

  OK, you are always in the money, but “my dear friend” you should seriously try and win !!

You are actually serious and shows quality, therefore let’s go…next time!!



….is back!!   

  At Saint-Cloud on October 30th, in Prix Chloris, a Gr 2 for 4 and 5 year old AQPS (non-thoroughbred) fillies and mares over 1m4½f, she finished 2nd.

We can’t be disappointed by this place as she was beaten by a better mare and on top of that, she showed us that she was still very determined and courageous and that she devoted herself to her sport. 

 Her jockey, Maxime Guyon said: “FARAFRA is incredible, you think you are beaten, but no, she starts again and gives everything on the track!”   

   If all the horses had this same will, training them would be so easier!!


First win in a cross-country race!

EN TEMPS VOULU won very easily the cross-country race at Fontainebleau on October 27th ridden by Félix de Gilles, strong and sure of herself, she took the lead and “let those who love me follow me”.

 It was a real pleasure to see the perfect race Félix rode… the mare didn’t make any mistake, you had the feeling she enjoyed herself (and so did we!!). 

Fantastic for the owners, J. Ph Vinet, Luc Josse, the trainers Grégoire and Etienne Leenders, and F. Gondouin and C. Leenders, the breeders.


I’ll go back to Normandy!!

We had 6 runners at Argentan on October 25th, all of them ridden by Ludovic Philipperon. Some did well, some less well. 

  LA GIRAUDIERE (Pierre Julienne) finished 5th, is late and needs to mature. 

   HONDLEEN (Mors aux Dents, O. Seite, P. Prioul, P. Terpereau, J. Strozik, D. Lefur, F. Audouin, L. Josse, R. Bailly) good second, might as well have won!   

 FEZ (AA. Maggiar and Hervé d’Armaillé) was second… it was OK, she is improving! 

  GENGIS KHEL (Isabelle de Saint Anthost) fell… no problem.

  FRANSLEEN (Loic and Benjamin Glemin) 4th, the first four finished very close. Ludovic stayed a bit far away from the others!