Yann Barberot’s career as a jockey was brutally cut short 12 years ago when he suffered a heart attack after the third race at Craon. Only 35-years-old, it was a shock, but he quickly turned his life around by taking out his training licence.
Within the shortest amount of time and with the support of many owners and fellow trainers, he set up a yard at Deauville where he today looks after about 60 horses.
“I was attached to the yard of Stéphane Wattel in Deauville when I was riding,” he explains. “So, for me it was never a question of training anywhere else but Deauville. I know the whole place like the back of my hand and to be honest, in retrospect it was actually quite easy to switch from being a jockey to becoming a trainer.
Already in the winter, when Stephane Wattel sent horses to Cagnes-sur-Mer, I had looked after them, so I knew what to expect. And I was very lucky that I had straight away a lot of good horses and brilliant owners. And I really enjoy training.”
Barberot trained his first Group 1 winner in 2016 when Waikika lifted the Premio Vittorio di Capua in Italy and the trainer currently features in the top ten of the French trainers’ table.
Here, he takes Liz Price through some horses that he will saddle during the remainder of the meeting and also some that are being prepared for the re-opening of ParisLongchamp in September.