AN EXCELLENT START TO THE 2023 SEASON
With the 2023 season now fully in flight, the Chappet Racing team have been keeping busy with runners across the country and together, our representants have already signed 19 winners for the year.
This is an both an exciting and influential period for the season ahead, and the team were delighted to hit the board in the Gr.3 Prix Djebel at Deauville with the wonderful Good Guess, owned by Hisaaki Saito. A beautiful son of Kodiac who was purchased for 420,000gns, Good Guess has always been held in high regard and with his adjusted rating of 50.5, we can now look forward to hopefully taking part in the Gr.1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains at Longchamp on May 14th.
Patience is crucial in our industry and that has been illustrated in abundance with the fantastic return to action by the talented Topgear, who guarded his unbeaten status after over 18 months away from competition. Owned by Hisaaki Saito, who has enjoyed a lucrative few weeks at the races, Topgear showed his ability remains and we can now look forward to stepping him back up in class.
Rashit Shaykhutdinov’s homebred four-year-old Plesant Jane may have been a relatively late developer, however, this talented filly is quickly making her presence felt and we were delighted to take the Listed Prix Zarkava with her a few weeks ago. Like many of her owners homebreds, Pleasant Jane showed incredible tenacity to score at ParisLongchamp and considering she defeated six blacktype scorers that day, the team will be confident of a big run at the same venue in the Gr.3 Prix Allez France at the end of the month.
Along with Pleasant Jane, Mr. Shaykhutdivov has seen Machete land a Class 2 in style at Chantilly this month, while his Gr.1 entered colt Fortune continues to progress and finished a close third in the Gr.3 Prix Noailles last weekend.
It is that time of year where our more ‘classic’ bred three-year-olds start to prove any potential they have shown through their juvenille year, and we are delighted to see Sivka Burka, Society Man and Crown Princesse all get off the mark in recent weeks. Three-year-old maidens are difficult to win at this time of year and each success is so important to connections, some of whom have also bred the horse and we wish them every success for the season ahead.
Our two-year-old’s continue to learn their jobs in the mornings, with many of them showing excellent work already and we look forward to them hitting the racecourse over the coming months.
The yard is operating at a 20% winner to runner rate, which puts us amongst the elite, and we hope to continue this pattern for the foreseeable future. The team at home are fundamental to our success and do a great job day after day, so it is great to see their hard work being rewarded at the racecourse.