Postcard from the Galop Expo in Deauville

Postcard from the Galop Expo in Deauville By Martin Stevens 5:37PM 18 OCT 2016

MORE than 60 exhibitors set out their stalls for the first edition of Galop Expo, a trade fair for the racing and breeding industries, in Deauville on Tuesday.

The exhibition took place in a marquee between the Arqana complex, where the October Yearling Sale is taking place, and Le Touques racecourse, where there is racing this week – meaning a captive audience of people wanting to walk between racing and sales.

The Racing Post visited the Galop Expo on Tuesday morning to speak to a few of the exhibitors.

For anyone wanting to visit in person, the show continues on Wednesday from 10am to 10pm local time, and on Thursday from 10am to 6pm local time.

Aline Giraud (left) and Amelie Lemercier of the Aga Khan Studs

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The Aga Khan Studs marketing director Aline Giraud and assistant Amelie Lemercier were manning one of the more plush stands at the exhibition – a recreation of a cosy room in a chateau, fitted with comfy chairs and with the walls adorned by framed pictures of the Aga Khan Studs stallions.

The operation has just announced it is standing Prix Ganay winner Dariyan at the Haras de Bonneval just down the road from Deauville, and Aline said the stand had given the team the chance to speak to breeders about the new recruit.

"People are asking about his stud fee, syndication, what he is like as a physical individual, so it is very good timing for us to be here to tell them," she said. "It is a nice space in which to meet clients and discuss matings with them."

She could not resist the opportunity to sing Dariyan's praises.

"He's a recent Group 1 winner, was consistent, and his form ties in with top horses like Erupt, Highland Reel and New Bay.

"He is by Shamardal, a proven sire of sires; he is the first foal out of Hong Kong Vase winner Daryakana with his half-brother Darabad a Listed winner and sold for €320,000 at the Arc Sale this month; and his second dam is Daryaba, who won the Prix de Diane and Prix Vermeille."

Among the many nice touches on the stand were Aga Khan saddle cloths that doubled as throws on the chairs – apparently they are custom-made by the same people who produce the real things but are of a stronger material.

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Soft furnishing envy: the Aga Khan saddle cloths-cum-throws


Coolmore were also represented at the expo, with Hermine Bastide, a work rider for Aidan O'Brien, at the stand equipped with information on the operation's stallions including new boys Pride Of Dubai and The Gurkha.

"We want to let people know that we're not just about Galileo, we have stallions at all levels of the market," said Hermine.

"Take Requinto, for example. He stood at just €5,000 this year and has got off to a very good start with his first two-year-olds.

"We're also here to tell people about the mare boarding side, and we can talk through mating plans and help find suitable stallions."


Hermine Bastide: "Coolmore have stallions at all levels of the market"

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Hermine said one of the best horses she had ridden work on at Ballydoyle was Misty For Me, so she has taken pleasure in watching that mare's daughter Roly Poly excel this year, winning the Grangecon Stud Stakes and Duchess of Cambridge Stakes and finishing second in the Lowther Stakes and Cheveley Park Stakes.

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Jacqui Draper with a model wearing an Equilume Light Mask

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It is not just studs at the expo; a whole range of thorougbred services are on show.

One of the most innovative products on display is the Equilume Light Mask, which provides blue light therapy for horses on studs.

It is difficult for a mere journalist to convey the scientific benefits so, to quote the brochure available on the stand: "The Equilume Light Mask is an individual headpiece for horses that provides timed, low-level blue light to a single eye, thus permitting outdoor mainenance of horses in their natural environment and avoiding the high costs associated with nightly stabling.

"The Equilume Light Mask was specifically developed to help horse breeders maximise reproductive efficiency when operating within industry-imposed early breeding seasons."

Jacqui Draper, whose research alongside Dr Barbara Anne Murphy at University College Dublin helped the creation of the light mask, is an engaging ambassador for Equilume.

She said that while the product was more popular in Japan and North America at the moment due to climate and larger herd sizes, it was slowly gaining ground in Europe.

"When you do the cost analysis, it works out better to have Equilume and to give mares a bit of extra feed, and save on the cost of bedding and management of having them inside," she said.

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Ulrike (left) and Anja from Dr Böse, a rapid yet reliable equine lab

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More science – this time all the way from north Germany.

Dr Böse is an equine laboratory – approved by the Levy Board – specialising in permanent or temporary export requirements.

The lab also offers hygiene examinations for stallions and mares, and for infectious diseases. Apparently it prides itself on providing rapid yet reliable results.

Interesting fact: 'Böse' translates into English as 'bad' or 'evil'. The laboratory counteracts that with a big smiley face in its logo and the strapline 'Böse… ist gut', or 'Bad… is good."

Ulrike and Anja on the Dr Böse stand were certainly far from bad and in fact took pity on the Racing Post team struggling under the weight of the many brochures and flyers picked up at the expo by providing us with a very fetching yellow cotton bag.

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Amelie from Royal Oats – importing Baileys Horse Feeds to France

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Amelie and Jean-Marie from Royal Oats, equine nutrition experts and importers of Baileys Horse Feeds into France, were happy to be in Deauville extolling the virtues of their products.

Jean-Marie thought the expo was a great idea.

"It's the first exhibition of its kind, it has been done for trotters in the past, and we have spoken to plenty of people today," he said.

"The timing is perfect during the October Sale."

Jean-Marie said client confidentiality forbade him from telling us the names of any famous horses his feed had helped fuel, but said he dealt with "the biggest trainers and breeders in France".

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One for the Christmas wish list – a bronze of mare and foal

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There was also art on display at the expo – including a beautiful bronze of a mare and foal that would look good on the bloodstock desk in Racing Post Towers, and some vibrant electric blue figures of horses in motion. We could find space for those as well.


Horse figures in blue. Is the artist trying to appeal to Godolphin?

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