The Biaudis breeding academy also shines in Asia
They have forged a reputation at the top end of the Purebred Arabian (PA) world. However, at present, Marie-Claude and Didier Biaudis have also been making their mark in the world of English thoroughbreds by virtue of the achievements of Rise High (Myboycharlie). From the Lot region, the couple have explained how the future star of Hong Kong racing came to be.
Having produced around a mere sixty horses capable of gracing the track, the duo, in their guise of breeders, have enjoyed Group success in Ireland, Hong Kong, Britain and the United Arab Emirates. Passionate about pedigrees, Didier Biaudis took it upon himself to acquire a regally-bred PA filly foal, Naiada Al Maury (Baroud III), towards the end of the 1980s. Unplaced on her only racecourse start, she went on to become an exceptional PA broodmare. In fact, fifteen of her sixteen foals boast the paternity of Dormane (Manganate). The latter stood at the Haras nationaux at Gramat which is some 30 kms down the road. It was to prove an inspired piece of breeding, as this particular outcome yielded the triple Gr1 PA winning Nez d'Or (Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1, Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 & Dubai Kahayla Classic); in addition to Noreen (Hatta International Stakes, Gr1 PA), Nirwan (Maktoum Challenge Round 2 & President Cup, Grs1 PA) and Nashma (third in the Prix Nefta, Gr2 PA). Five daughters of Naiada Al Maury went on to produce Group PA winners, including Naphir (Abu Dhabi International Championship, Gr1 PA), on behalf of the Biaudis.
Luck doesn’t come into it. The choice of Naiada Al Maury was anything but a stroke of luck. A graduate of the Renée-Laure Koch academy, the mare hails from one of the top three world PA bloodlines, and namely that of the highly influential distaffer Nevada II (Djanor). Consequently, Didier Biaudis took a similar path when taking the plunge regarding English thoroughbreds. Acquired for € 50,000 as a yearling, Lana Girl (Arch) was out of Volga (E. P. Taylor Stakes, Gr1). From the celebrated V line which has yielded Verveine, Vallée Enchantée and Vespone, the mare was bred to King's Best (Kingmambo), and her first two foals by this stallion both proved successful. Her third foal was originally christened Landfall (Myboycharlie) and he was sold to Ireland, having gone through the ring at Arqana sales (v.2 session). As a juvenile, he made his mark by winning the Willis Towers Watson Champions Juvenile Stakes (Gr3) for trainer Ken Condon. Subsequently exported to Hong Kong and renamed Rise High, he was second in the Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup (Gr1, 2.400m) on May 23rd. This stretched his bankroll beyond the million euro mark. He has since trotted up in the Premier Plate (Gr3) under the top weight of 60.5 kilos on June 23rd.
A very bright future ahead of him? Following the latter success, trainer Caspar Fownes told the South China Morning Post: “I’ve no doubt whatsoever that Rise High is destined to achieve great things in the next few seasons. I’ve been of this opinion for some time. I hold Rise High in very high esteem and am glad that the horse has proved me right. He is rated 120 at present and will be measuring himself against the very best. I think that he is going to become the future star of Hong Kong racing.” Lana Girl has since produced a yearling by Gleneagles (Galileo) with the latter due to form part of the Haras du Cadran consignment at the August sales. Didier Biaudis elaborated: “Lana Girl spends her time with us in the Lot region and she has our PA mares for company. However, she transfers to the Haras du Cadran for either foaling or breeding purposes. We have a good rapport with certain professionals such as the Arqana team, Gérard Larrieu and Pierre Talvard. The latter is entrusted with presenting the progeny of Lana Girl at the sales. Loyalty is a quality which we greatly value. We are trying to move forward step by step, and that’s the reason why we decided to add an English thoroughbred mare to our breeding operation. However, that doesn’t mean that we have turned our back on PA horses. We currently board four PA mares which descend from Naiada Al Maury. One of our sons, having worked in the sports goods distribution business, has had a change of heart. For Émeric is studying for a Masters degree in science and equine management at AgroSup, Dijon. The mere fact that our children are interested in horses is very good news. For they will determine the future of our stud.”
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