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Monsieur Co (Fr)

2013 bay gelding by Turgeon (USA) ex Cayras Style (Fr) (Trempolino (USA))

A winner over hurdles and fences in his native France, Monsieur Co joined us in November of last season.

A very difficult time of year to move yards, not only did he have to adapt to a new climate, country, style of feeding and training, he also had to adapt to a different style of racing, all while going through his three to four year old year, a time where most thoroughbreds are doing a lot of growing.

It is no surprise then that although making a winning English debut Monsieur Co did not show anything like his true level of form on his two starts in Britain. He has since enjoyed a long summer out to grass and under gone a much needed breathing operation, and now looks a picture of health heading into this season. On the evidence we have seen so far it would look as though he will need a thorough test of stamina to come into his own, but it is early days for him in the yard and no doubt there is plenty more to learn about him.

An interesting recruit to the chasing ranks.

PAUL’S POINTERS

Monsieur Co is a gorgeous looking animal, a scopey youngster who is surely one for the future. He is one of the nicest individuals I’ve bought from France for some time. He is certainly an exciting addition to the Ditcheat Thoroughbreds team.

There was plenty of quality in the ‘Horses in Training’ section of the Arqana Autumn Sale and Monsieur Co was the highest rated 3yo hurdler and chaser on offer.

He gained plenty of experience during his time in France with Guillaume Macaire, running in 8 races over hurdles and fences. He raced against some of the best 3yos in France during that time and won twice, once over hurdles and once over fences.

On his latest start at Enghien, he showed great battling qualities, to get the better of a 4-way tussle, from the last fence to win on only his second start over fences. He ran some very good races in defeat, most notably when chasing home the highly regarded Catwells on the second start of his career at Nancy.

Those performances were all the more meritorious given he’s physically a long-term prospect so there will be plenty more to come from him as he strengthens up and reaches his physical peak. His previous trainer is a maestro with young horses so he will have been aware of this when training Monsieur Co and left plenty for Paul to work with and improve on as the horse develops.

PEDIGREE

MONSIEUR CO (FR) TURGEON (USA) CARO (IRE) FORTINO (FR)
1959
1967 CHAMBORD
1955
1986 REIKO (FR) TARGOWICE (USA)
1970
1979 BERONAIRE (FR)
1974
2013 CAYRAS STYLE (FR) TREMPOLINO (USA) SHARPEN UP
1969
1984 TREPHINE (FR)
1977
2001 BETHY PRINCESS (USA) GREEN DANCER (USA)
1972
1992 BELAIR PRINCESS (USA)
1986

Tom Malone SAYS

Monsieur Co was my idea of a steal at the recent Arqana sale, he is a beautiful big chasing sort for the future but has shown a lot of ability already, one we are going to have a lot of fun with in the future. He is a proper National Hunt prospect, we are really excited by him.

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