Was Solémia’s win in the 2012 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe the best of your career?
The Prix de l’Arc comes late in the year. It’s not always the best horse that wins, but the one that gets there in the best shape.
Do you think the Japan Cup was one race too many for your mare?
Yes. You always get a bit greedy.
Is she the best horse you have trained?
I’ve already had some very good horses, such as Keltos, Chinchon and Falco. The second of those enabled me to travel the world and won almost €3 million.
You have turned 50 this year. What are your memories of winning your first Group 1 (Spadoun, in the 1998 Critérium de Saint-Cloud)?
I remembered Spadoun, but not the date. Your first Group 1 is always a great memory. What’s more, it was with someone who trusted me (Jose Gonzalez).
Do you often look back at what has gone before?
You should never live in the past and you should always be motivated. I’ve had some very good times, like winning the Prix de l’Arc, but they’re over. The same goes for bad memories.
What have you got in store for the end of 2013?
Silasol (winner of the Prix Marcel Boussac on the day of last year’s Prix de l’Arc) will line up in the Prix Vermeille. Then we’ll make a decision. I know she never disappoints and, if she doesn’t run in the Prix de l’Arc, she’ll be in the Prix de l’Opéra.