Did you know that winning the French Oaks on 16 June was your first Group 1 win at Chantilly?
Yes, I knew. I’m very satisfied because that race was not on my CV.
Olivier Peslier, who really looked like he’d win his first French Oaks, will have to wait another year.
That’s part of the life of a jockey, but he congratulated me in the changing rooms, as did Christophe-Patrice Lemaire (three-times winner).
You said in 2012 that Pennekamp was the best horse you had ridden: have you changed your mind since?
No, all the more so as it’s hard to make comparisons. Trêve is a very good filly who recorded a stunning time at Chantilly, but Pennekamp was a colt. Trêve is still very green.
What is her strength?
She doesn’t like stress and is well suited to distance. She had already run 1,600 metres before lining up for the 2,100 metres. She has always stood up to be counted.
Are you disappointed not to be able to ride her in the Prix de l’Arc?
She was not well the last few weeks, that’s why she didn’t run the French 1,000 Guineas and why she has not been entered for the Prix de l’Arc. But she could still be brought in. She can also be entered next year because, unlike the French Oaks, a horse can run in the Prix de l’Arc aged 4, as Subotica did when he won (in 1992).
Is getting your hands on a Cravache d’Or one of your goals?
It never has been. It is reserved for the jockey who wins most races so it is the result of a great season. No, my goals are still the French Derby and the Prix Jacques le Marois: I won’t retire (Jarnet is 46) until I have won those two races.
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