Some of the best French trainers were interviewed last month in The French Purebred Arabian. The series concludes here, with interviews from François Rohaut, Frédéric Sanchez with Martial Boisseuil, and Éric Dell'Ova.


Training since 2007, the former jockey Frédéric Sanchez is well-known for his efficacy. He notably found success with Thabit last year, winner of the Coupe du Sud-Ouest des Pur-Sang Arabes (Gr. III PA). He now works for Yas Horse Racing Management. The racing manager for this new operation, Martial Boisseuil, tells us more about this partnership and the stable.

The French Purebred Arabian. – Why did Yas Horse Racing Management put their horses with Frédéric Sanchez ?

Martial Boisseuil. – I look after everything to do with the horses in Europe. I am the representative for the three people who run Yas Horse Racing Management, mostly Mr Mussalem Al Amri. I therefore chose which trainers they put their horses with. I decided on Frédéric Sanchez as I felt that he had very good results in handicaps with thoroughbreds, and consistently so. I also knew that he follows his intuition. That paid off, as he did a great job with Thabit (Munjiz) last year, who won at La Teste. I like young people who go after what they want. He does it all himself and he’s a very good trainer.

What can we expect from Thabit this season?

He is a very consistent, honest horse, but not quite at top level. He will step up in distance from 1,500 to 2,000 metres. He will run in Spain in eight days (early May, ndlr) at the Seville festival, with winning prize money of 12,000 euros. He could then go to the Group III PAs, with a Group II PA in mind if he is in good form.

What stands out the most amongst the 4yos?

There is Bandar (Munjiz), who runs in the Prix Dormane [he finished second of this Group III PA]. He’s an improving horse. There is also Shammar (Bibi de Carrère), who should improve as he’s had vet issues which are now in order.  He beat a good filly [Almaa with Thomas Fourcy] at the end of last year in Agen. Finally, there is Waadh (Munjiz), who also runs in Spain, as we have to run abroad, as there are no races in France for our horses.

And amongst your 3 year olds?

Frédéric has some well-bred, but immature, horses. They will be out later in the season over longer distances. However, I prefer not to get ahead of myself; we will know more around mid-June.