After having worked for eight years as the private trainer in the yard of Jean-Claude Seroul, one of France’s most important owners, Frederic Rossi would have never thought that the transition from private to public trainer would catapult him into the top ten French trainers within less than 24 months.
Yet, not even two years after setting up on his own in the training centre of Calas, which has views onto the Mediterranean and serves the two Marseille racecourses of Borely and Vivaux, he is currently in sixth position in the trainers’ table and with about 15 horses stabled in Deauville and another ten in Chantilly, he is hoping to hold or even improve that position during the summer.
“I have about 80 horses in the yard,” he says. “I have a good team and I have some great owners and agents who support me. In fact, I have more than forty owners, including Al Shaqab Racing and Gerard Augustin-Normand. And I also still train for Mr Seroul.”
While Jean-Claude Seroul preferred to give his horses a break over the summer, Frederic Rossi who has held a training licence for 27 years, has fully embraced the Deauville meeting and here he takes Liz Price through some of the horses that he hopes will make an impact over the next few months.