CATWALK Sprinter Sacre is paraded during the Concours AQPS
, held at Decize seven years ago
I'd rather stay in AQPS
races for this year, but I hope we have a horse for the Prix du President next year.
We agreed to miss Cheltenham to have a crack at Punchestown's champion bumper and all was going swimmingly until four days before the race when we were informed he was ineligible because Ireland had not followed Britain in deeming that a French AQPS
race equates to a bumper, but is a Flat race.
She gave birth to Sprinter Sacre in April 2006 and in the August of that year Christophe entered them both in the combined mother and foal class at the Decizes AQPS Show that we have been organising for many years.
Back home in the beating heart of France's AQPS country and reunited with his sheep and cows, Masle has once again been dabbling with the breeding of racehorses.
stands for 'autre que pursang', which translates as 'other than thoroughbred' and until recently it was considered undesirable.
Popular with AQPS
breeders, Alberto Giacometti's first two crops - now four- and five-yearolds - number 82 foals, of whom 18 have won races.
Although Roi Du Mee won an AQPS
bumper in France on a left-handed track he has yet to race that way in 11 starts in Ireland, which is worrying, and this is going to be a different test for him over jumps.
45 Thurles Won three of her six starts in AQPS
bumpers in the French provinces between 1m3f-1m6f and she made a promising debut for new trainer Willie Mullins when third at Thurles late last month.
Trozulon is another newcomer to us, having won his only AQPS
start in France in July; my daughter Camilla has been riding him recently and she assures me he's a bit special.
TONER D'OUDAIRIES was bought for owner Michael O'Leary as "he had won a French bumper and had the size and scope to eventually go chasing, plus, he is AQPS
[autre que pur-sang, or not pure thoroughbred].
We also have Radium's brother, Silicium, plus Trozulon, a winner of his only AQPS
bumper in France, Grandouet, Ruthenoise and Lady Hight.