Our reporter spoke with the jockey Clement Lheureux. Meet.
Stephane Davy – Clément, are you able to return to your skilled profession?
Clement Lheureux: I entered the career fairly late, after my Baccalaureate. I began as an worker, at Joël Boisnard, for 2 years, earlier than becoming a member of the workforce of Henri-alex pantall, for 3 to 4 years, and to grab the alternative to go upstairs overseas. I’ve been residing in Switzerland for eight years. I began at the coach Guy Raveneau earlier than working for one in every of the largest horse house owners in Switzerland and using for trainers with giant numbers, such Miroslav Weiss. The latter owns about sixty horses. It has a 900 meter lengthy chip observe and one other uphill grass observe. I had the likelihood to win two Cravaches d’Or in Switzerland. I’m 31 years previous. Currently, I’m a free-lance, and nonetheless race, particularly in an effort to help the professionals who’ve trusted me. It is a approach of returning the favor to them. In parallel, since the starting of the yr, I’ve been working as a stallion supervisor, for the Swiss National Stud, in Avenches. Ultimately, I plan to proceed this exercise full time.
SD: How is horse racing doing in Switzerland?
C. L: With the well being disaster, it is sophisticated. There are fewer energetic racetracks in Switzerland. Also, the variety of races has been lowered. That stated, there are races happening proper now. We’re not going to be picky ….
SD: Sunday, you’ll get in the saddle thrice. What are you able to inform bettors?
C. L: LORD OF THE ALPS (202) is a tall and good horse, properly proportioned. He is pushed by Andreas Scharer, which preserves its horses and goals the engagements. For his first outing in Switzerland, he was contemporary and was not 100%. Since then, he has simply gained simply in Zurich, on heavy floor. He’s acquired a whole lot of slaughter and motion. Also, the distance could also be a bit brief for him. I choose it over 2,300m and above nevertheless it nonetheless has a very good likelihood. He can take it far … and end on the podium. In my opinion, the state of the floor doesn’t matter. I additionally suppose that he may very well be directed on a program for stayers, and take black – sort, particularly in Germany.
NORDIC OAK (302) wanted to regain morale. He had completed properly final month at Avenches. The step is just a little increased this time however, due to a very good journey; he is ready to make the end.
FAIRY WISH (405) had an excellent marketing campaign at 2-year-old. Her enoturage tries to harden her in handicaps earlier than main her on a variety program towards fillies of her age at the finish of the yr. I like her a lot. It nonetheless wants to achieve in dealing with. She appreciates the good floor. When it begins to “stick to her legs” she is much less comfy. I’ll attempt to give her a very good run, ambush and end her however I see her a primary likelihood. I feel it’s going to finally be operational over 2,000 meters, or perhaps a little extra, which may open up the program for races in Germany. “
SD: Clement, thanks very a lot.
C. L: With pleasure !