It’s not simply soccer in life. From Budapest, the place the Blues conceded a draw (1-1) towards Hungary this Saturday of their second match at the Euro, Antoine Griezmann, the tricolor scorer, will in all probability not lose a crumb of the Prix de Diane, figuring out that the scrub was scheduled by Didier Deschamps at 5.30 p.m., that’s, an hour and a half before the race bringing collectively the greatest 3-year-old fillies. For the first time, the FC Barcelona worldwide striker can have his jacket (black and pink stripes) represented in certainly one of the most prestigious occasions in France at the Chantilly racecourse (Oise), 4 years after having began in the horse racing journey. “If there had not been the Euro, he would have gone there for sure”, slips his father, Alain, who will substitute him in the spherical of presentation, in all probability in the firm of his spouse, Isabelle, and his woman, Maud.
All will encourage Natsukashi, skilled by Philippe Decouz and whose identify refers to a tune by rapper Nekfeu that Antoine Griezmann appreciates. “She is a very good filly. Now 7 or 8 stand out, and it is often a question of course, of rope numbers in this kind of races. We have the 16, which is not ideal, but it is everyone’s dream to participate, especially since Antoine does not have a team like the Aga Khan. And you know, when you invest in horses, there is no certainty, ”continues Alain, who transmitted the virus to his son.
It all began in Mâcon, in Saône-et-Loire, the place the quantity 7 of the Blues was born. “Little, I went every Sunday with my father to the local bar as he was called, I drank my strawberry syrup and I made my little tiercé, the quinté did not exist at the time”, specifies Alain . He due to this fact logically shared his ardour with Antoine, then an adolescent, by taking him to the races in Cluny, about twenty kilometers from the household dwelling: “I let him wager one or two euros. I bear in mind he had performed a junk flat, round 40/1. He was 13, that was before he left for Real Sociedad. I advised him: You will not wager on a horse at this odds. And he gained! From a very younger age, he adored racing, the animal. And much more when he turned skilled. It was his escape, his breath of contemporary air. “To the level of deciding to change into proprietor in 2017 and to arrange his personal steady, managed by Alain and comprising about ten gallopers and as many trotters.
At the finish of April, Antoine Griezmann gained his first quinté flat at ParisLongchamp because of Hooking, however above all he doesn’t wish to cease there. Like Tony Parker, the 2018 world champion, new PMU ambassador, has the ambition to at some point win the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, certainly one of the greatest equestrian occasions that takes place yearly in autumn. “Once once more, everybody has goals, similar to having a horse that’s out of the atypical to achieve an distinctive stage, concludes Alain. In any case, it is an actual ardour for them! “