Yannik Fouin has been the leading trainer at Cagnes-sur-Mer for the last seven years and is hoping to finish top of the list one more time this winter when he takes about forty horses down to the racecourse that is known as the jewel of the Côte d’Azur.
In the 20 years since he started training at Maisons-Laffitte, his horses have won Grade 1 races like the Prix La Haye Jousselin, France’s winter Gold Cup, as well as the Prix Alain du Breil, which has become a popular hunting ground for the likes of Willie Mullins and Paul Nicholls. Yet, it would be fair to say that he is particularly successful when taking his horses to the jump meeting at Cagnes-sur-Mer that starts on 30 November and ends on 6 January.
“I really enjoy the meeting in Cagnes-sur-Mer where I already spent the winter when I was still a jockey,” the 49-year-old trainer says. “I then started taking horses down there about 15 years ago. And seeing that it has worked out well for me, I continue to go back. At Cagnes the programme allows you to run horses at five, ten or 15 days interval, which you obviously couldn’t do at Auteuil. You have to come with horses that are ready to run and there are a lot of races for those horses that might struggle at the top level.”
There are eleven meetings this year during the jump meeting at Cagnes-sur-Mer and Yannik Fouin is hoping to have winners at every single one of them. Here, he talks to Liz Price of attheraces.com about the horses he will be taking down to the south, as well as some others that still have major targets at Auteuil.