March : a good month for Fabrice Chappet's stable
Fabrice Chappet’s boarders realized once again good results during the month of March. With more than 111 000€ of earnings (prize money and French-Bred premiums combined) and horses placed in good races, the stable is in a good form. Finsbuy Square (Siyouni) put the emphasize thanks to his victory in the Prix de la Victoire at Chantilly right after his second place in a D race at Fontainebleau at the beginning of the month. The stable had another winner this month with Casquito in the Prix d’Abbeville. He also finished second in the prix de la Croix Saint Ouen. The other boarders, as Sant’Alberto (Colossus) and Tight (Hurrican Run) performed well. If the first named took the second place in the B race Prix Villers Cotteret at Compiègne, Tight finished third at Saint-Cloud in a D race. Filly Green (Diamond Green) scored in the Prix de la Vie at Deauville. Finally, Crazy des Aigles (Deportivo) finished second twice at Compiègne over 2400 meters.
The consistency seems to be the keyword in the Fabrice Chappet’s yard which is in good form since the beginning of the year.
Posted on 01 Jul 2015 by Fabrice Chappet
Finsbury Square shows class and consistency over short distances
Since the start of the season, the three-year-old colt Finsbury Square (Siyouni) has knocked a victory and four places from five starts, including three at Group level. The good-looking bay ran an eye-catching second at Fontainebleau in a ‘D’ conditions race on his seasonal bow before scoring convincingly in the aptly-named Prix de la Victoire over 5.5 furlongs at Chantilly a few weeks later. On this occasion, Finsbury Square made light weight of the heavy ground and easily disposed of his six rivals, making all to score by 1.5 lengths. The colt was fitted with cheek-pieces for the first time and also benefited from a bold ride by Cristian Demuro, who sent him to the front from the word go and kept him focused on the task until passing the winning post.
On his next outing, Finsbury Square was only narrowly denied when second in the Gr.3 Prix Sigy over six furlongs at Chantilly, and filled the runner-up slot once more in the Gr.3 Prix Texanita, run over 5.5 furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte, where he was only beaten a head by the smart Goken. A close fourth in the Gr.2 Prix du Gros-Chêne at Chantilly next time out, the son of Siyouni will surely win his Group race at some point.
Posted on 01 Jul 2015 by Fabrice Chappet
February : good month for Fabrice Chappet s stable
Fabrice Chappet’s boarders very well performed during this month. Indeed, with 4 victories and cumulated earnings in excess of €128,043 and horses always well placed, Fabrice Chappet’s stable realizes a very successful month.
Special mention for Tigh (Run Hurricane) and Kingscote (Halling) which both won on Chantilly’s PSF in the beginning of the month. The distance of 2700m seems to be the good one for the two 4 years-old. Hors Forfait (Naaqoos) also made the difference by leading his first victory in Chantilly. The filly keeps on showing her abilities and should be better and better in the future. Lotus Garden (Dark Angel) also leads a Quinté, synonymous of first victory of the year for the 4 years-old. During this race, Secly also made a good result by finishing second of the Prix Jacques Bouchara at Cagnes-sur-mer. Filly Green (Diamond Green) and Vert Azur (Diamond Green) results also can be mentioned. Both finished second of their race at Cagnes on 1500 meters.
Sant’alberto (Colossus) also made some good results by finishing second and third of its races at Cagnes. His third place in the Grand Prix du Conseil Général des Alpes Maritimes has to be underlined because this race represents the open test of the Defi du Galop.
Honeysuckle Rose (Turtle Bowl) finally left Fabrice Chappet’s stable after her result in le Prix de Fréjus. The filly has been sold just after the race.
February, synonymous of good results, proves that Fabrice Chappet’s stable is in a pleasant condition shape.
Posted on 01 Jul 2015 by Fabrice Chappet
Chappet exacta in the valuable Quinte+ handicap at Cagnes-sur-Mer
The four-year-olds Lotus Garden (Dark Angel) and Secly (Marju) filled the first two places in a 16-runner Quinté+ handicap on the final day of the Cagnes-sur-Mer winter meeting – the idyllic Riviera spot where horses race alongside the Mediterranean sea, with the snow-capped lower Alps in the background! Let’s remind our readers that Quinté+ handicaps carry prize money in excess of €38,500 to the winner (including owners’ premiums), almost as much as a Listed race! Despite his promising run in a similar handicap five weeks earlier, followed by a nose second at Marseille, where he was just tipped off by the highly regarded Al Muthana (Pastoral Pursuits), Lotus Garden was sent off at 10-1 with the betting public putting their faith in Francois Rohaut’s Brezena (Lawman). The grey was given a confident ride by leading jockey Ioritz Mendizabal, who had him perfectly settled behind the leaders until going for the lead entering the straight. Lotus Garden responded positively and got the better of his stable companion, who had led the way and hung on gamely for second, beaten a length and a half.
Fabrice Chappet commented after the race, “Lotus Garden had had two good runs this season, which proved perfect springboards for this race”. Secly also had some progressive form to his name, and the trainer said, “[Stable jockey] Antoine Coutier gave him a good ride, and the horse confirmed his promising efforts”.
Posted on 10 Mar 2015 by Fabrice Chappet
Hors Forfait opens account
Three-year-old filly Hors Forfait lost her maiden tag at fourth asking when scoring comfortably in the Prix des Trois Clairières over 1300 meters on Chantilly’s all-weather course. The daughter of Naaqoos stalked race favourite Merecumbe (Air Chief Marshal) and was nudged along by promising young hoop Alexis Badel to keep up with the fast pace around the bend, before producing a pleasing turn of foot at the 200-meter pole and rallying to the post with a length and three-quarters to spare from the runner-up. Hors Forfait ran unplaced on both her outings at two but showed some improvement last time out, taking third in a similar Chantilly maiden. Fabrice Chappet commented, “She didn’t show much last year, but the experience definitely did her good and she won nicely today”.
Hors Forfait is the fourth foal out of Tuiga (Commands), who was placed in the Listed Prix Cérès, and is a half-sister to the black type performers Howard le Canard (Hamas) and I Should Care (Loup Solitaire). With such credentials, there should be more to come for the 3-year-old.
Posted on 10 Mar 2015 by Fabrice Chappet
January 2015 : a host of places
As one would expect, the monthly intake of winners was far from the stable’s record-highs, yet the 18 runners in January registered satisfactory results, all of them finishing in the first three home. The monthly earnings (prize money & French-Bred premiums combined) reached €75,970 for 1 victory and 10 second or third places. Fabrice Chappet’s charges are off to a steady warm-up for future objectives!
Seven des Aigles (Mr Sidney) scored at Pornichet, with stable jockey Antoine Coutier on board. All the other runners performed on the Riviera, as part of Cagnes-sur-Mer’s winter meeting. Vert Azur (Diamond Green) ran a pleasing second on his racecourse debut against experiences horses; Blue Panis (Panis) and Aussie Lyrics (Aussie Rules) both finished second on two occasions. Aussie Lyrics, who had some smart performances over 10 furlongs and beyond last year, proved that he could also tackle the mile.
Secly (Marju), New Outlook (Awesome Again), Sorry (Solon) and Hors Forfait (Naaqoos) didn’t disappoint either, all running third in their respective races at Cagnes-sur-Mer.
Posted on 05 Feb 2015 by Fabrice Chappet
First victory of Reauville in 2014
The 4 year-old mare Reauville (Big Shuffle) opened her annual account in the Prix Jean de Nicolay at the provincial Le Mans racecourse, add a new victory to the tally of Fabrice Chappet’s stable.
The mare was bred by Haras de Marais and bought for €33,000 at the Arqana December Sale in 2013. The very soft ground seems to have pleased Reauville, who won this conditions event by 7 lenghts. Her amateur rider Florent Guy, found the right tactic to lead Reauville to her first victory of the year.
Posted on 04 Dec 2014 by Fabrice Chappet
Finsbury Square, an easy victory in Chantilly
The two-year-old colt Finsbury Square (Siyouni) opened his account in the Prix de Saint-Firmin, a 6f maiden race held at Chantilly, clocking 1:14.3 on soft ground. The third foal and first winner out of the Dyhim Diamond mare Diamond Square was sent off the odds-on favourite at 8/5 and broke well to race in a handy position, on the outside of the early leader Jasnin (Palace Episode). When asked to quicken, Finsbury Square brushed off his rival in a matter of strides and sprinted clear, scoring by three and a half lengths under a hands-and-heels ride from Cristian Demuro. Fabrice Chappet stated after the race: “Today was a good entry for Finsbury Square. He had run well on each of his previous races, but against good horses every time. Things didn’t go right for him last time out, so it is nice to see him set the record straight. He is likely to have one more run this year, we will discuss it with his owner. The 1200 metres trip is perfect for him at this stage. He is a horse who needs to be ridden handily – we tried to hold him up once, and it didn’t go well”.
Finsbury Square is on an upward trend, and this easy win on his 4th outing shows that there is room for further improvement. He is still a bit green in running and will progress further as he gains experience.
Posted on 25 Nov 2014 by Fabrice Chappet
October starts with a victory and finishes with another
October was definitely a successful month for Fabrice Chappet’s stable with 16 runners, 4 victories and 6 second places. It started in spectacular fashion courtesy of Bocaiuva’s beautiful win in the Listed Prix Charles Laffitte at Chantilly. The evergreen Blue soave (Soave) follow suit in a competitive conditions race at Bordeaux, a few days before the three-year-old Lotus Garden (Dark Angel) made a winning return at Clairefontaine, having spent eight months on the side lines. On the last day of the month, the two-year-old colt Finsbury Square (Siyouni) rounded things off in style when losing his maiden tag on his home track.
They say some places are just victories waiting in the wings, and this definitely applies to Sinfonietta’s (Sinndar) debut effort at Deauville. The colt was a fast-finishing second in a newcomers’ event, only failing to catch a highly regarded juvenile from the yard of André Fabre. Another promising second place was grabbed by the two-year-old filly La Berma (Lawman), who was only defeated half a length in the Gr.3 Prix Eclipse on her third outing. She will now be rested and should be very competitive in Group races next season. Near the end of the month, the stable star Bocaiuva (Teofilo) added another commendable runner-up placing when beaten a short head in the Gr.3 Prix de Flore.
Overall, Fabrice Chappet’s charges accumulated earnings in excess of $190,000 in October, continuing the stable’s excellent season.
Posted on 07 Nov 2014 by Fabrice Chappet
Bocaiuva's thrilling run in the Prix de Flore
Bocaiuva (Teofilo) posted a brilliant performance in the Gr.3 Prix de Flore, run at Saint-Cloud on 30th October. She was facing a particularly strong field on her first attempt against elders: of her 11 rivals, 7 had already won at Listed or Gr.3 level! Despite being the punters’ fifth choice, the diminutive chestnut once again ran a beautiful race to grab second in a photo finish. Helped by her stable companion and pacemaker Honeysuckle Rose (Turtle Bowl), Bocaiuva was held up at the back of the field by Christophe Soumillon in the first part of the race. Soumillon opted to come along the outside rail and still had a lot of ground to make up entering the straight, yet once the filly hit her stride, she produced a dazzling burst of speed to almost catch the winner on the wire. The suspense lasted a few more minutes as a photo was required to pronounce the winner, which eventually turned out to be Alain de Royer Dupré’s Fate (Teofilo), only a nose ahead of Bocaiuva. Fabrice Chappet commented after the race: “The filly ran very well, she was only beaten of a nose by the favourite. It is a very logical result overall, with the four highest-rated fillies filling the first four places. She should be back for more next year”.
Bocaiuva brought yet again evidence of her great talent and immense courage. She presented all spectators with some thrilling emotions and deserves full credit for this awesome second place. The turn of foot she displayed in the last furlong was nothing short of extraordinary – a true moment of class. Even the race caller finished short of breath!
Christophe Soumillon revealed: “We were lucky to have a very good trip and she ran extremely well. I was able to follow Thierry Jarnet (on Sparking Beam) until entering the home straight, and we were only beaten on the wire by the filly who saved the most ground”.
Bocaiuva is becoming more relaxed as she gains experience and we are looking forward to seeing her again next year. She will now take a well-deserved break at Haras d’Etreham, where she was born. After this rest, she is likely to return into training in February and be aimed at the spring’s Group races for fillies and mares (Prix Allez France and Prix Corrida).
Honeysuckle Rose, who assumed pacemaker duties, also deserves a mention for her good performance on the Prix de Flore. Her jockey Freddy Di Fède was very pleased with her and said that she was a filly with potential. She is likely to run on her own account this winter for the Meridian Racing Club.
Posted on 05 Nov 2014 by Fabrice Chappet
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