What Was Your Favorite Moment of 2023: Aurelien Voileau

Aurelien Voileau | Arqana

As 2023 draws to a close, the TDN is asking industry members to name their favorite moment of the year. Send yours to [email protected].

I think my favorite moment of 2023 was Epsom Derby day. The Derby was a great race which included Passenger for Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd., who was a bit too immature for this big event but who has won the G3 Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor since. The winner, Auguste Rodin, doesn't need any introduction now but what an impressive horse. Winning a Group 1 as a two-year-old and four Group 1s this year in three different countries is very special. I am really looking forward to seeing him on the track again. Well done to all his connections to keep him in training next year.

But that day was also very special to me because my wife, Kelsey Lupo, connected through Jamie McCalmont, was supporting Prosperous Voyage who won the Princess Elizabeth Stakes, trained by Ralph Beckett for Andrew Rosen & Marc Chan. Kelsey was able to walk into the winner's circle with our less than three-month-old daughter Millie that day. Not the first race day for Millie but the first big win for her and definitely a favorite moment of mine this year! –Aurelien Voileau, Assistant Manager to the Niarchos Family


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