A few days before the French Guineas meeting, for 48 hours, Frederic Rossi topped the French trainers’ table for the first time in his career. Demoting Jean-Claude Rouget, who has exactly twice as many horses as Rossi in his stable, to second position is no mean feat and hence Rossi was rightly proud of his achievement.
“It’s great to see your name up there for the first time, especially at this time in the season,” he smiles. “Obviously, I don’t expect to remain there, but you have to take the little pleasures where you can get them.”
Sure enough only two days later, he was back in second and Rouget back on top, but things might change again soon when he saddles Dream And Do in the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and Kenway in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains. Both are horses Rossi spoke highly of during Deauville’s summer meeting last year and neither of them has disappointed.
Here, Rossi kindly spoke to Liz Price for attheraces.com about his Classic hopes, his horses to follow in handicaps and some exciting two-year-olds.