Arnaud Chaille-Chaille is a man for the big occasions, especially when it comes to Grade 1 races for three-year-old and four-year-old jumpers. His record of producing young horses is impressive and only recently he again lifted the Grade 1 Prix Cambaceres, the Champion three-year-old hurdle contests, thanks to fabulous performance by Nirvana du Berlais, who beat his opponents by 14 lengths.
Based in Royan, where he shares the training tracks with the likes of Guillaume Macaire, Chaille-Chaille always has 80 horses in his yard. Currently ranked third in the trainers’ table, he might have lost his stable star Nirvana du Berlais to the de la Hetraie Stud where he is going to stand next season, but it will be only a question of time before the very likeable Frenchman, who has an aversion to ties, doesn’t particularly like to go racing and is mad about rugby, will find another champion.
Here, he talks to Liz Price of attheraces.com about a number of three-year-olds who are about to make their debut during the meeting at Pau, and he also reveals to us his plans for Matfog who he is hoping to bring over to England to run him in the Grade 2 Dipper Novices' Chase at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day.