Pierre Fertillet is the fourth generation of trainers to work out of the private training centre of Nozay, which lies between Nantes and Rennes.
The son of Yannick Fertillet, who is also based at Nozay, but who runs his yard completely separately from his son’s, first started training at the end of 2014 when he took a small number of horses to the Cagnes-sur-Mer meeting, a place he knows like the back of his hand.
In fact, growing up, Pierre Fertillet spent every winter in Cagnes-sur-Mer and as a former amateur rider knows the programme inside out.
During his first stint at the Côte d’Azur, he recorded four winners and last year his horses won seven races, which placed him amongst the leading trainers of the meeting. This year, fresh from an important victory at Auteuil with stable star MyBoy, he is taking about 20 horses to Cagnes-sur-Mer in the hope of bettering his record from last year.
“We had a great meeting last year in Cagnes-sur-Mer and I think we have the right ammunition to do well again,” says Fertillet with enthusiasm. “I hope that the likes of Myboy, Normandy Invasion and Color Chope will get me off to a good start.”
While Myboy and Normandy Invasion are regulars on the Southern coast of France, Fertillet is also counting on a number of three-year-olds, some of which are unraced, to make it a successful meeting for him once more.
Here, he guides Liz Price of attheraces.com through his Cagnes-sur-Mer contenders.