'State Man Must Win' – Q&A With Haras de Saint-Voir Boss Nicolas de Lageneste

There are few more respected figures in French National Hunt racing than Nicolas de Lageneste.  It seems as though everything de Lageneste turns his hand to, be that breeding, training or simply owning racehorses, it is a success. Last year he completed the rare achievement of being crowned champion National Hunt owner and breeder in the same season. Nobody has ever done that before.  Fewer still would be capable of nurturing a horse like Il Est Francais (Fr) (Karaktar {Ire}). Not only did de Lageneste breed the superstar chaser, who...

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High Chaparral's Sons Boxing Clever Across the Globe

Flat and jumps, north and south, in many ways Boxing Day belonged to the late High Chaparral (Ire), whose sons Karaktar (Ire) and Contributer (Ire) were responsible for group/graded doubles, one under each code, in Britain, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. It is beyond dispute that High Chaparral was a brilliant racehorse. Retired to stud in the era of Galileo (Ire) and Montjeu (Ire), the horse who won two Derbys, two Breeders' Cup Turfs, an Irish Champion S. and a Racing Post Trophy perhaps never received quite the level of...

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Roster And Fees For Haras De Cercy Revealed

The 2024 roster of Haras de Cercy will be led by Cokoriko (Fr) and Karaktar (Ire), who will each stand for €12,000, Jour de Galop reported on Wednesday. Cokoriko's offspring have shone over jumps this year, including Grade 3 winner La Spezia (Fr) and several other listed winners. Progressive stallion Karaktar sired a brace of Grade 3 winners this year, as well. He was the most popular stallion in France, covering 263 mares. Other stallions on the roster include Australasian Group 1 winner Ivanhowe (Ger) at €4,000, David Du Berlais...

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