It was great to get the opportunity to make a trip out to France this week to have a look at the youngsters my father has an interest in, as well as this we looked at possibly purchasing a youngster.
On Wednesday we went to the Cypres's stud who have lovely bunch of youngsters and broodmares a few of which my Father has a share in and one day might end up here at Stockton Hall if not sold before!
On Thursday we were lucky enough to visit very successful trainer Emmanuel Clayeux's yard, it was great to see what different methods such a successful French trainer uses. Emmanuel trains a few for a syndicate which a couple of my owners are involved in, the aim of the syndicate is to buy the horses as foals before looking to sell them on to Britain after they have raced as 3 or 4 year olds in France. I was lucky enough to train for them this year when Gris de Pron was moved here from Francois Nicole's yard in the autumn time before we managed to get 2 wins out of him in novice hurdles. He has now been sold at Doncaster last week.