Magazine: 6 secrets of success Papot

Races / May 24, 2022

Twelve-time French owner, nine Grs1 winner on the French calendar, first author of the Grande Course de Haies – Grand Steeple double since the Marquise de Moratalla in 1993… The Papot family dominates national obstacle course. But what is his secret? We have identified six of them.

By Christopher Galmiche

Listen best

I had the opportunity to meet Guillaume Macaire and Benoît Gabeurtold us Xavier Papot last year. They taught me, I listened. I think the owners, to feel in the game, have to learn. You have to train them. »After having his first horse Star princess (Djarvis), who won the 1987 Auteuil under Yannick Fertillet’s training, Papot’s stall turned towards the foals a little later, on the advice of Benoît Gabeur. That is the first step to building a large barn.

think like a team

Everyone knows “Unity is strength”. But we can also say it another way: intelligence is collective. ” For me, racing is about teamwork. There are trainers, jockeys and owners. And no one is above the other. Everyone please contribute your thoughts. Owners have time to research races, perhaps more than trainers have more horses and more people to manage. I strongly believe in hard work. Owner’s pleasure is also all pre-race discussion. Don’t we sometimes have as much fun in the preparation as in the victory? »

Raise to win

The pony market has exploded in recent years. In this growing and increasingly competitive landscape, Papots played the breeding card by purchasing excellent broods such as Group winners Bordes .’s victory (Antarctic), Rodika (Kapgarde), mother ofHighway to Hell (No risk at all), winner of the Grande Course de Haies de Compiègne (Gr3), Nile Highness (Turgeon), a descendant of a celebrity Neomenia (Rheffic), and Sulfur (Saint des Saints), third in the Prix Sytaj (Gr3). They also keep Dalia Grandchamps (Kapgarde), the winner of the Prix The Fellow (Gr3) and on the podium of three Grs1 under their colors. In a very short time, “vert et bleu”, the Papot surname suffix in breeding, succeeded, which we saw again on Sunday with the victory of Blue Diamond (Martaline) in the Prix Aguado (Gr3). His brother Blue Diamond (Montmartre) was the winner of the First Group for the Papot family in the “breeders” category.

Seize the opportunity

In addition to launching a successful breeding operation in just a few years, the Papot family continues to purchase turnkey horses when the opportunity arises. This is a special case ofImpressive (Kapgarde), one of the best 3-year-olds in the promotion in 2021 and finished second in this Sunday’s Prix Ferdinand Dufaure (Gr1). He was acquired after his health walk in the Prix d’Essai des Poulains 2021 for Gabeur.

Choose (cycling game) without fear”to renovate”

The “green and blue” family supports the bell tower, as Xavier Papot told us. It is one that represents the essence of dance, as the majority of British experts also believe. Furthermore, in Great Britain and Ireland, hurdles are only one stage before entering a hurdle race, unless a horse is not keen on hurdles.

The idea is to focus on a specific area and become the best in your field, through focus. Of course, this requires certain sacrifices or renunciations. In this case: the hurdles result is less good; The Papets waited until 2022 to win their first Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil (Gr1).

And rejoicing (the cross)

Whether you invest in racing for fun or professionally, you must never neglect the fun… because it is still a significant motivator. Another specialty close to the heart of the Papot family: transnational. Noted at Craon or Lion-d’Angers, she didn’t hesitate to convert horse class into this popular sport. This is the wayOchoa Red (Diamond Boy), winner of the Compiègne hurdles for François Nicolle at the age of 4, went to Patrice Quinton, with whom he became one of the best cross-country horses. He will also compete in the Anjou-Loire (L) Challenge on Thursday.


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