Etienne & Grégoire Leenders Race-horse trainers

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First win…

The stand of Cholet never vibrated as much and believe me the atmosphere will stay long in the history of the race course. The owners and friends       of Ecurie Five supported their horse SINNARI all along the straight… Actually it was a first winner for Ecurie Five.

Ridden by Sébastien Martino, the horse started in 2nd, 3rd position, took the lead at the   end of the last bend…and when he started accelerating, it was done…SINNARI was better than the company in this handicap for 3 year-olds over 1900m (a mile and 1 ½ furlong).

We are quite satisfied as we claimed this horse at Deauville 3 weeks ago…

SINNARI is by Oasis Dream out of Siyenica and was bred by SCEA Aga Khan.

Cherry on the cake, it was also a first win of Sébastien Martino for us as he just joined our team 10 days ago.


What a finish!

At Longchamp on September 12th, DUTCH DOCTOR finished 2nd, ridden by Pierre Charles Boudot. In Prix Esplanade, a handicap for 4 year-olds and upwards over a mile and a half, he ran remarkably well. Well placed in 4th position all around, he started going forward without any effort, and then accelerated together with the winner… it was a good fight along the finishing straight… Photograph at the post: head!!!


A good race

On September 12th at Compiègne, TZAR’S DANCER finished 5th in a chase, Prix des Rouges Terres over 3800m (2 miles and 3 furlongs). Ridden by Thomas Beaurain, he ran well and we can’t reproach him anything, except that this nice and good horse is getting old and has not the same finish as before.


He is going to change discipline

FRANSLEEN is a good horse, he has just finished 3rd in Prix Le Pontet: a maiden race for 3 year-olds over 2600m (a mile and 5 furlongs) at Châteaubriant, ridden by Sébastien Martino. He started in 6th, 7th position, came closer in the far straight but he didn’t really manage to accelerate in the finishing straight…he has not the turn of foot for that.

Therefore, FRANSLEEN will now go jumping… Considering his pedigree, we are not worried… His sire is No Risk At All and his dam Quristine (winner on the flat and over jumps) comes from the good families of the La Guillonnière breeding operation.      


Good race…

…for SI SIBYLINNE on September 5th at Longchamp ridden by Pierre Charles Boudot.       

 In Prix de la Fontaine Neuve, a handicap for 3 year-olds over 7 furlongs, she was in 6th, 7th position all around, found it a bit difficult to change gear, but eventually finished very well.

The first five were in a very close finish: head, short head, short head, short head… and SI SIBYLINNE was 5th

She pleased us very much because she was very courageous.


What a good horse!

When winning easily Prix Richard de Gennes at Craon on September 3rd, FAN OF SEA pleased us a lot. He won previously at Sables easily but this new win confirmed the esteem we have for him. His jockey Pierre Charles Boudot only said: “A good horse”…

His next races? The classic races for 3 year-olds.


The race was a chaos!

On September 3rd at Craon, EVORA was 3rd in Prix Beauchêne, a race for 4 and 5 year-old AQPS (non-thoroughbred) over a mile and a half.

Ridden by Pierre Charles Boudot, she started in the middle of the field but was very uncomfortable to enter the last bend… she had to go and turn on the very outside… but thanks to the quality of the filly and the energy of the jockey, they managed to get the 3rd place!!! We are looking forward to see her in her next races.


Sort of come back

On September 2nd at Craon, RADIOLOGUE finished 3rd ridden by Stéphane Paillard. In Prix Claude Rouget, a chase over 4200m (2 miles and 5 furlongs), he did a nice performance, was serious and finished well as usual.

He will take the direction of Auteuil for his next races.


What a day !!!

On September 1st, we organized (as we do every year) our picnic for our syndicates. For the first time we had the members of the two syndicates Le Pied A L’ Etrier and Le Mors aux Dents together, about 40 people.

Welcome coffee, visits of the tracks where they could see the horses work, then presentation of their horses…and walk in the park.

Champagne was a must to celebrate wins and places of our horses and we all met in front of the house for a picnic.

Around 3pm we left to go racing to Craon.

This year, a team of journalists of Equidia (Catherine Ford and Thibault Marlin) followed us all morning. It was a day to remember as many things were planned, but the cherry on the cake was the “unplanned”!!


Noticeable first time out

At Lion d’Angers on August 30th, FARAFRA won Prix Yann Poirier (a race for 3 year-olds AQPS, non-thoroughbred over a mile and a half) with a lot of class. Ridden by Pierre Charles Boudot, she had a good position all around and at the entrance of the straight, she accelerated and on one managed to catch her:

This very good filly is by Martaline out of Qena. We were particularly pleased with this result because it was also the win of a group of friends. She ran the Prix Yann Poirier (one of our good friends who left us 4 years ago and we wanted to win this race), she was bred by the Roulois family and she runs under the colors of Comte A. Maggiar.


Serious race

TINARILOU finished 5th at Lion d’Angers on August 30th ridden by Pierre Charles Boudot, in a handicap over 2000m (10 furlongs). She has not lost our esteem because the race didn’t go as we wanted.

Out of the stalls, she actually threw herself to the right, touched the stall… and TINARILOU found herself at the back of the field. We know she prefers to be close to the lead…but nevertheless she finished well.

Let’s see her next time out!

A race to forget…


Needs a rest

Today, FANTASTIC BERE finished unplaced at Clairefontaine in a flat race over 1900m (a mile and 1 ½ furlong). His jockey, Cristian Demuro, gave us the following explanation, he had not “much petrol in the tank” and the ground was much softer...”

Conclusion: FANTASTIC will have holidays, he has been on the go since the beginning of the year and always very courageous.


1st win for…

AMARA ! Yes, this courageous little filly who was always in the frame, had not won yet. But it is now done! At Vertou on August 26th in a hurdle race for 4 year-old maiden horses over 3700m (2 miles and 2 ½ furlongs).

She honoured her owners the syndicate Le Pied A L’Etrier and her supporters of the syndicate Le Mors Aux Dents because she won well and more easily than the result showed.

Vincent Bernard, her jockey told us that in the far straight she jumped everything to the left  and that was why he found it hard to make her accelerate.

And of course, after this pleasant win, we all had a glass of champagne!!


Come back…

….of DUTCH DOCTOR at Pornichet on August 24th ridden by Adrien Fouassier. He was 4th      in a very close finish…he had not the best race…was on the outside without any cover and in the last straight, he weakened to finish.

It was some sort of come back and our DUTCH DOCTOR will perform a good second part of the year.



Yesterday in the “quinté” (big handicap) at Deauville, DE BON ALOI finished unplaced and it was an inaccurate race which didn’t reflect the qualities of the horse…the jockey didn’t give him a good ride!

A race to forget…


Nice win.

Second time out, FLEUR DE L’AIR opened her record at Moulins on August 23rd ridden by Pierre Charles Boudot in Prix d’Auteuil, a flat race for AQPS (non-thoroughbred) fillies over 2500m (a mile and 4 ½ furlongs). She started in 3rd position and kept that place all around. Pierre Charles took her out at a furlong from home and she finished well and won by a length.

This filly is incredible because in the morning she always looks asleep and only does the very minimum… and in the afternoon she becomes a “race filly”… Good for her because sometimes it is the opposite…morning glories who win all their gallops but do the very minimum when racing.


Travelling of…

…of BEJCA and her foal ITIALENE by Doctor Dino…to Lion d’Angers for the competition of conformation and paces of AQPS (non-thoroughbred) horses organized by the association of AQPS horses of the west of France. It was a presentation of mares and foals by the breeders in the west of France.

Numerous rewards (free nominations, bags of food, champagne, etc…) are given to the best ones of each category. For the breeders it is also the opportunity to present their production to trainers and French and foreign agents… and usually business follows and numerous sales take place.

BEJCA and her foal were presented by Grégoire and Caroline de Roincé who look after our breeding operation in Normandy.


Nice race…

Everyone was satisfied after the second place of our DOROGYNKA at Châteaubriant in Prix Useful over 2600m (a mile and 5 furlongs).

She was patiently ridden by Soufiane Saadi and managed to get out at mid straight and finished very fast… she was beaten by a better one!!

But let’s be patient, we’ll manage to win, with her….when??  


Can she do any better?

YES ! Because we were used to win with ELAFONISSI… and on August 20th at Châteaubriant, she was “only” 4th in a hurdle race for 4 year-olds over 3400m (2 miles and 1 furlong)

What happened?  Has the “machine” gone wrong? Absolutely not!

No, Miss ELAFONISSI was in season and as her jockey Clément Lefebvre told us “she was lifeless and without energy”… which is not herself!!

Therefore, no worry, it was only temporary…