Etienne & Grégoire Leenders Race-horse trainers

The news



…for the punters. 

 At Auteuil on June 23rd, GIRL OF THE WORLD and FAN OF SEA didn’t perform according to their ratings when not being in the first five.   

  FAN OF SEA ridden by Ludovic Philipperon started at the back of the field and was not too keen to be in the race. When he rejoined the field, it was too late… you have to know that on firm ground, it is really difficult to come back to the leaders.  

  GIRL OF THE WORLD ridden by Clément Lefebvre took the lead but was hampered by a loose horse all around and never dropped the bit… therefore she got short of breath and could not finish… As Clément told us, “I never rode such a bad race!!!” Not wrong!!!


Back to confidence…

BALKANIE discovered Auteuil on June 23rd in a hurdle race for 3 year-old fillies over 3500m (2m1 1/2f), Prix du Bois Rouaud. She finished 2nd. Ridden by Ludovic Philipperon, she stayed in the middle of the field, when coming to the last bend, there was some interference, but she managed to get out of it as she was on the outside. 

 Then, she performed a nice finishing straight and missed the first place by little.  

 Qualities of this filly: very energetic, gifted over jumps and very cool!   

 She is by Balko, was bred by SCEA des Prairies and belongs to Ecurie JAB and Castillon Bloodstock. 

   BALKANIE will improve for this race and she showed us that we can have ambitions with her!


Back to confidence…

This beautiful GASTI GRETI did start getting on our nerves… because his previous races didn’t show his quality.  

  We found an easy entry to give him confidence at Argentan on June 21st. Ridden by Lucas Zuliani, he was always 2nd or 3rd during the race…he didn’t find it difficult because he is a remarkable jumper… but he asked for a breath before the last hurdle…he finished good 3rd

At last!! We’ll go on looking for easy races for him.


Well done young man!

At Argentan on June 21st, our SQUARE THIERS ran well and finished 2nd ridden by Coralie Pacaut. 

 He was a bit keen all around, entered the finishing straight in 5th/6th position but proved to be very courageous to finish and only missed the win by little.  

  You see SQUARE THIERS, when you want it, you can do it!!


Very good debut over hurdles

At Sables d’Olonne on June 20th, GREAT WEDDING did her hurdling debut in a race for 4 and 5 year-old fillies and mares. 

 Ridden by Ludovic Philipperon, she started nice and quiet at the back of the field and performed a superb, easy and professional race…not a mistake…the race started to spread out in the far straight.

  At the end of the bend, she was still in 4th position, but GREAT changed gear and performed a nice finishing straight to get the second place. 

   I like this filly… because she is discreet and does all what you ask her to do.



ZANZETI, he finished 4th in a handicap over 2900m (1m6½f)., in Angers . 

Ridden by Axelle Nicco, he pulled a bit too much at the beginning of the race, of course the rhythm of a race over 2900m (1m6 1/2f) is not the same as the rhythm of a mile and a half race.

On top of that, Axelle lost her stick at the end of the bend and she was not able to urge on her horse as she wanted.

  He'll win soon!!


She was back to herself…

…on soft ground…  

 …Our FARAFRA ran well at Angers on June 17th in Prix Bango, a GR III  for 4 and 5 year-old AQPS (non-thoroughbred) horses over 2900m (1m6 1/2f).

  Ridden by Théo Bachelot, she moved well and finished 3rd. All around she was nice and quiet among the leading horses… seemed to cede (or give way?) at mid straight but started again with courage.      

   We just regret one thing, normally this Prix Bango is run at Saint-Cloud… and FARAFRA would have been more at ease on that racecourse…  

    But nevertheless in the present circumstances we are happy to run and the racecourse is of less importance.


At last our horse is back to himself!

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

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

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

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

Therefore the objective for him will be Anjou Loir 2021.


A good race…

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

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

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

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


A day without…

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

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

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


It was a pleasure…

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

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

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

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

   Looking forward to her next entries!


A nice race…

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

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

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

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

  He is a horse for the future!


Second race…

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

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

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