Mattia Cadrobi: "My big dream is to have a horse capable of holding its own at ParisLongchamp"
The Italian-based Mattia Cadrobi has yet to turn 40 but he has already been producing horses which are competitive at Gr1 PA level abroad. A man with dreams aplenty, this aficionado of French bloodlines opens up here to The French Purebred Arabian…
The French Purebred Arabian. – Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background with horses?
Mattia Cadrobi. – I'm 37-years-old and am based near Merano in northern Italy. My home is in the Dolomites and is situated in the Altopiano di Piné valley which is 1,000 metres above sea level. It explains why my horses carry the words 'de Pine' next to their name. My mother hails from a family of cattle farmers and they also kept a few draft horses. I have always had a great passion for racehorses since childhood. My kindergarten teachers recall that I was already drawing horses and dreaming of becoming a racehorse breeder at the age of three.
My first horse was a Haflinger – a native breed of the area – that my brothers won in a lottery linked to my country's soccer team. I was 11-years-old at the time. I then started to breed my first foals which were cared for by myself after school hours. Having looked after draft horses until the age of 20, I subsequently acquired my first Purebred Arabian mare when able to afford it. I love to breed horses but not to ride them.
You said you have ten broodmares, with good female lines, including Al Ramtha (Amer), Diva Al Maury (Volpone), Sitelle Al Maury (Dormane) and Razza Di Gallura (Dormane). Please can you elaborate?
Yes, I have many mares and maybe too many! Some of my mares are entirely owned by myself whereas others are the subject of partnership arrangements. I love studying pedigrees and have recently branched out in the thoroughbred sector too. I don't get much sleep much at night! I currently board mares from the maternal lines of Nevadour, Fantasia, Didida, Pesennaia and Arabelle (Bint El Bedia's maternal line). I am very jealous of my mares – just as a child is with his toys. I insist on following each one individually and am fully involved in every aspect of their care, and this ranges from bedding to daily diet.
Where do you source your mares and how do you select them?
I select mares from their maternal lines. When studying pedigrees, I often come across particular horses of interest to me. Having identified something deemed to be of importance, I never hesitate to contact the owner with a view to putting in an offer. At other times mares are flagged up via agents or friends living abroad. Before buying a mare, I have to be very convinced of her worth, and if there any doubts about her bloodline or the first two maternal generations aren’t very productive, it’s a no go.
Why did you buy Akbar and how many foals did you have by him?
I bought Akbar (Djelfor) with two friends of mine, Fulvio Bonazza and Alessandro Martinazzi. Akbar's dam, Fantasia (Gosse du Béarn) is Flipper's full-sister. He was a great racehorse and his offspring have been truly exceptional. He was one of the greatest and pure blooded French stallions in the history of PA racing. That is why we bought him. We also have the frozen semen samples of Akbar. To date, five foals by Akbar have been born in Italy, but more foals by him will certainly see the light of day in future.
What stallions did you use this year?
This year’s foals are by Munjiz, AF Albahar and Mister Ginoux. In the past I have often used No Risk Al Maury, Akbar, Dahess and Sir Bani Yas. I really like Nizam but I wasn't lucky with him this year.
How many horses do you have in training?
I currently have only one horse in training and my main focus is on breeding. Another seven horses
which I have bred are in training for other owners in Italy and abroad. I love breeding horses for racing and have become an owner as a result of this. Endo Botti trains my horses and I have an excellent professional relationship with him. His standing is very important to me and he teaches me so much every day. I owe him so much. I’m hoping that he can enjoy further great successes in the future.
-Tell us more about Lares de Pine who raced in four different countries and for four different trainers?
Lares de Pine (Câlin du Loup) is a very lucky horse and he had a great first ‘owner’ in the shape of a very dear friend of mine, Taleb Al Muhairi. I have always thought that in addition to the horse we need the rest of the package that comes with it ... and the ‘rest’ in this sense counts for a lot. For, without the ‘rest’, you can't obtain good results. Lares had everything he needed! Lares’ had the best trainer in the history of PA racing, Jean Francois Bernard, and he trained to horse to win in France. Subsequently trained by Élisabeth Bernard, ‘Lares’ won the first PA race to be staged in Milan. Having by now transferred to the yard of Stefano Meattini, the horse won many good races, in addition to tackling the Kahayla Classic (Gr1PA) in Dubai. After switching to the yard of Endo Botti, Lares obtained a ‘historic’ placing in the Dubai International (Gr1PA) at Newbury.
And what about Eiman du Loup who won on the Shadwell Dubai Day card in Rome and was third in the Hatta International on the DIAR (Dubai International Arabian Races) card at Newbury last year?
Eiman du Loup (Kerbella) was acquired by me as a three-year-old in France in January, 2017. The filly had yet to be broken in. My friend, Alessandro Martinazzi, was with me at the time and, while keeping a watching brief on the mares in the paddock of Éric Dell'Ova, I was immediately struck by the presence of a filly. Having studied the pedigree, I immediately put in an offer. Eric then took care of the breaking-in and pre-training processes before she was sent to Endo Botti. The mare ran in my colours and I experienced this particular adventure with my friend Stefano Daneri. I will never forget the Newbury experience as, due to traffic problems, we arrived late. We then legged it to the racecourse on foot as fast as we could. We were able to catch a glimpse of the final 300-metres of the race in which she was third from a makeshift parking lot.
It is your aim to race internationally?
My primary goal is to breed good race horses. I’m also hoping that the products of my breeding academy will have the required qualities to be able to compete in France and the Middle East.
Which race do you most want to win and why?
My dream is to breed a horse that can hold its own at ParisLongchamp during the course of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend.
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