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Flotus won the Listed level this year as well as taking second place in the Cheveley Park Stakes
by Tom Peacock
Arthur Hoyeau does not fall into the trap of revealing a particular influence in the Flotus label, which may have caught the attention of as many who study racing cards as those who have seen it on the track. Now the filly, bred in partnership with Newtown Stud, will catch the eyes of those who peruse the Tattersalls December Mare Sale catalog as it will pass the 1798 rink.
It is an acronym that has become familiar again with Melania Trump, and was thought to have been initially applied to Nancy Reagan and now belongs to Jill Biden.
“It was about early January, around the time that the new president was due to come in and it was kind of on the news that there was a change of first lady, and then with [sire] Starspangledbanner is America’s anthem, » says Hoyeau.
« I can’t remember exactly, but then if they were useless, we’d never have said the name was good! They always look good when they prove good. »
The film cost the French-born but internationally oriented agent 125,000gm in Tattersalls Book 1 last year in what proved to be a very rewarding visit.
« I work very closely with Jean-Etienne Dubois, he’s a French owner and breeder based in Australia and we kind of tried to find some foals that seemed mature enough to be competitive in two, » Hoyeau explains.
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Arthur Hoyo signed Flotus on a fruitful trip to Tattersalls
“We were looking for very athletic foals, perhaps not by the most straightforward stallions, that we could afford.
“We ended up buying two foals from this sale and then partnered with some clients, but [Dubois] It was really the driving force. We decided to leave one in England and send one to France.
« Both are risk winners, the other one is called Singforthemoment, she won a runway race in Bordeaux on her second start for Christophe Verland in early October. So we got lucky! »
Flotus got off to a great start for Simon and Ed Crisford by debuting at Goodwood in early May before losing her way a bit in Albany at Royal Ascot and a couple other. However, she was her old self at the Ripon Champion Two Yrs Old Trophy and was only beaten by Tenebrism when she finished second in Group 1 Cheveley Park.
« From the reports from Simon and Ed, she’s always shown above average ability, and she’s just a very real filly, she just wanted to do well for you and she did it first, » Hoyeau says.
“Sylvester de Sousa gave her a lot of confidence and it was the perfect start, even though it was still childish on her mind then. It was too early to get to grips with everything, and the conditions were tough [at Ascot]It didn’t work out, but luckily she’s back in impressive shape.
« Simon has really taken care of her, she has regained her self-confidence and things have been just fine. »
The owners came to the decision that it might be a money-making idea, as Flotus is now decorated with an important black species.
« We kind of talked about it, » Hoyeau says. “They felt there wasn’t much on offer in the market, we had a really fun year with her and just to see if they wanted to take the chance of something that could fund their racing over the next two or three years.
« It’s always the idea when it’s not a big business, to try to keep enjoying the game on some level without it costing you anything. It’s a partnership between successful entrepreneurs, but it’s not a huge operation. We’ll see what the market wants to offer but it’s always difficult, from Who knows what you could do next year.
« She has so much in the tank, especially how she has developed physically, I think everyone would think she’s not just a two year old. We went to see her recently and we couldn’t be happier with the way she looks. »
While Dubois is also involved in the No Nay Never filly Singforthemoment, which will likely remain with the same connections in the third, Hoyeau explains that the process of finding another Flotus has already begun.
He adds, « We bought a set in October, we go to the same places, Simon and Ed are going to train one or two again and we might buy more in the spring for the two-year sale.
« It’s all about opportunities but the partnership is back for next year and we hope we can match it. It won’t be easy but that’s why we keep doing it. »
The four-day sale, which begins Monday at 9:30 a.m., includes strong shipments of Godolphin, Goodmonte and Shadwell, and features the dispersal of high-class foals and mares of Sir Robert Ogden.
Tattersalls December File Sale of Mares
where Park Paddocks, Newmarket
when Today from 9:30 am to Thursday
Last year’s stats Of the 866 contracts offered, 735 (85 percent) were sold for a sales volume of 4,3111,900 grams (down 25 percent year-over-year), an average of 58,656 grams (down 32 percent) and an average of 20,000 pounds (down 26 percent). ))
Notable Alumni star (Provided by European Sales Management, purchased by Hugo Lascelles for 750,000 grams), Urban Fox (Jamesfield Stables, Barnan Stud, 425,000 grams), Sophie B (Mike Smith Racing, Gordon Troiler, 160,000 tons)
First published 3:30 PM, November 28, 2021
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