Grand Du Nord
We purchased him for €23,000, from the Arqana Lumet Show Sale. There can be no denying the prevalence of the French bred horse in British and Irish National Hunt racing. Ever since the turn of the millennium, more and more of our top races are being dominated by the French bred horse.
Our gelding hails from the Grade 1 and Grade 2 French winning family of LOUPING D’AINAY and SIRENE D’AINAY, and being by Montmartre, the sire of Labaik, Bigmartre, Petite Parisienne and Capitaine, he is bred to excel over hurdles and fences. Read about his sire here: https://www.agakhanstuds.com/Horse/200500303/en
He has been schooled over numerous obstacles at home, both loose schooling (without a jockey) and with a jockey on board too. At 17hh, he is a big, imposing, chasing type, who is destined for fences.
Racing Update: A giant of a horse (17hh) who is yet to win over hurdles but threatens to do so very very soon. We tidied up his wind and have schooled him intensively at home, too, because his jumping was becoming a little sloppy. Strengthened up too for a summer’s break, he’s leading the string at home and is very fit. He’s a clean winded horse who is raring to go and entries are going in.
Here he is enjoying himself at home!