Trainer John Hammond, who trained G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heros Montjeu (Ire) (Sadler's Wells) and Suave Dancer (Green Dancer), has been appointed racing manager to Gerard Augustin-Normand, Jour de Galop reported on Wednesday. Sylvain Vidal remains an advisor to Augustin-Normand, who raced Le Havre (Ire) (Noverre) and stands him at Haras de Montfort et Preaux. The rest of the staff maintain their current positions.
Augustin-Normand told the JDG regarding the appointment, “I always appreciated and followed the work of John Hammond. More recently, I have appreciated his human qualities. He has a great deal of experience training and a taste for breeding. After 10 years of activity, I thought it was time to breathe new life into our organisation.
“John Hammond is responsible for the entire workforce, breeding and training. He is also in charge of horse purchases and sales. The rest of the organisation remains unchanged. Sylvain Vidal is retained in an advisory role and I am on very good terms with him. At Haras de Montfort et Preaux, the daily activities are overseen by Mathieu Alex, assisted by Laure Frappat. Francois Le Corno retains his organisational and coordination activities, while Stephane Soussan remains the accountant.”
Said Hammond, “I am very honoured by the confidence of Gerard Augustin-Normand, but also very happy to be part of his team. At the same time, I'm going to continue my work for OTI Racing.