Trainer Magazine

Trainer Magazine - the horse racing magazine for the training and development of the thoroughbred racehorse. Europe and North America.

Trainer of the Quarter - Matthieu Palussiere

TRM AWARDSWeb Master
  Matthieu Palussiere started his professional career in the military on the back of a baccalaureate at the agricultural college in Le Mans, before turning to racing where he worked under Christian Scandella for two years. In 1995, Palussiere uprooted to Ireland to work for Gilltown Stud finding his niche in their pre-training division. At Gilltown, he met his future wife, Liz, they worked together with horses such as Daylami, Daliapour, Sinndar and Vereva.     Matthieu and Liz then moved on to run Michael Halford’s second yard for two years before setting up on their own with a restricted licence in 2005 and his full licence in 2007. Their first winner, Deputy Consort came at Limerick in 2008 and Tramp Stamp, was Palussiere’s first major National Hunt winner, with a Grade 3 victory at Down Royal. Other notable winners include Leah Claire, Hedges and Rebel Fitz sold to Ireland from France.     Matthieu and Liz moved back to France in April 2013, and had their first runners at the end of April. Muharaaj led the way as their first winner at Chantilly on 7th May 2013, followed by a flurry of winners and several black-type horses. Matthieu bided his time for his next major win until 2014 in the Baden-Badener Zukunftsrennen (Group 3) with Citron Spirit. This was followed by a storming victory by Ross Castle in the Prix Texanita at Maisons-Laffitte on 13th May 2016. Little did he know of what 2017 would bring.    For a trainer with a relatively small operation, a win in the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot was inspiring to witness and a joy to watch -  as highlighted by owner, Con Marnane (Bansha House Stables). Marnane bought the filly as a foal at Arqana, sending her to Julian Ince at Haras du Logis, until the June of her yearling year and then to Trickledown Stud to be prepped for Doncaster Yearling Sales 2016. The filly was led out unsold (with a reserve of £14,000). She subsequently returned to Bansha House Stables where Marnane and his team did a fantastic job pre-training her with his breeze-up horses. Different League arrived in France in April 2017 to Pelussiere’s operation at Maisons-Laffitte. She won her maiden at Lyon Parilly on 11th May 2017 and followed up in the Prix Du Puycharic at Angers on 23rd May, before creating history at Royal Ascot when becoming the first French-trained winner of the Group 3 Albany Stakes and a first Royal Ascot winner for trainer and jockey, 26-year-old jockey Antoine Hamelin.    “I would definitely say she is right up there with my top 4 or 5 fillies I’ve owned, there were 4 or 5 ‘millionaire’ horses in that race and she showed them. For so many people, this meant so much and everyone was emotional about this win. I would like to credit my incredible team behind us in Ireland who have been with us for a long time, and now in France - it is as much their win as ours”, reported Con Marnane.    Pelussiere and Marnane believe that this filly will compete at the top level this summer, with a trip to Del Mar in November as the ultimate goal.

First published in European Trainer issue 58 - July - September 2017

Click here to order this back issue!

I would definitely say she is right up there with my top 4 or 5 fillies I’ve owned, there were 4 or 5 ‘millionaire’ horses in that race and she showed them. For so many people, this meant so much and everyone was emotional about this win. I would like to credit my incredible team behind us in Ireland who have been with us for a long time, and now in France - it is as much their win as ours