After having been raised on the French or Irish stud farms, the Aga Khan’s horses go into training in these same countries: this is the natural continuation of a chain started in the paddocks of County Kildare or Normandy, before eventually returning to these same breeding lands, at the end of their racing careers.


  • Alain de Royer Dupré

    Summing up Alain de Royer Dupré’s career with a handful of landmark victories or horses names is virtually impossible, yet certain figures help grasping just how awesome it has been so far: at the end of 2015, Royer Dupré had won 72 Gr.1 races in ten different countries on four continents. Including all French Classics at least three times. And all Gr.1 races run at Longchamp, bar the Prix de l’Abbaye…

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  • Mikel Delzangles

    Mikel Delzangles was born in Biarritz, Southwest of France, in 1971. His parents were not involved in the racing industry yet his godmother is the Marquesa Sol de Moratalla, a major owner-breeder in France and Great Britain. It is with her encouragements that the teenaged Mikel started riding out for a local trainer and gained his first professional experience alongside Yorkshire-based jumps specialist Jimmy Fitzgerald.

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  • Jean-Claude Rouget

    Jean-Claude Rouget was born in 1953 in Normandy, a stone throw from Haras de Saint-Pair du Mont which was managed by his father Claude.

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  • Michael Halford

    Success hasn’t come the easy way for Michael Halford, but the master of Copper Beach Stables is now firmly established among the top 10 Irish trainers on the flat, while also enjoying Graded winners over jumps.

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  • Dermot Weld

    A career as a trainer was always on the cards for Dermot Weld. His father Charlie has established Rosewell House, on the Curragh, as a highly successful yard before handing over the reins to his 24-year-old son, a qualified vet who had gained experience on the back-stretch at Belmont Park.

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