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Five minutes with... Louis Le Metayer

Five minutes with... Louis Le Metayer

Five minutes article published on TDN AusNZ  


REFORMIST confirms his ability at Group level

REFORMIST confirms his ability at Group level

After winning his first start impressively at Warwick Farm, REFORMIST (3yo colt by Dissident) finished 3rd in the Gr3 Ming Dynasty over 1400m.  


HARLEM does it again in the Australian Cup

HARLEM does it again in the Australian Cup

?? It has been a big thrill to win the $1.5M Australian Cup for the second year in a row with HARLEM yesterday.  


2018

Ventura Storm salutes in Moonee Valley Cup

Ventura Storm salutes in Moonee Valley Cup

European stayers continue to dominate throughout the Spring Carnival, as VENTURA STORM claimed victory in the Moonee Valley Cup Gr2  today under a brilliant ride from Mark Zahra. 


2yo filly Coral Beach wins Gr3 in Ireland

2yo filly Coral Beach wins Gr3 in Ireland

CORAL BEACH was purchased by Astute Bloodstock as a weanling at the Tattersalls November sale for 85000 GNS and on-sold at the Tattersalls yearling sale 11 months later for 90000 GNS to the bid of MV Magner. 


Chairmanoftheboard gives Amelia Park a brilliant update !

Chairmanoftheboard gives Amelia Park a brilliant update !

Exciting news for our friends at Amelia Park Stud in WA who have purchased the mare Bound Copy (Street Cry) through Astute Bloodstock at the last Tattersalls July sales as her first foal CHAIRMANOFTHEBOARD looked very impressive last Sunday at Goodwood winning on debut by 8 to 9 lengths.  


Fast grey colt heads to Hong Kong

Fast grey colt heads to Hong Kong

New purchase at the Inglis Breeze Up Sales. An impressive Glass Harmonium colt (#175) who breezed extremely well in 10.53 seconds. An excellent sign of natural speed for a horse bred to be a late maturing stayer.  


2yo win for Coral Beach at Cork

2yo win for Coral Beach at Cork

Good to see CORAL BEACH (Zoffany - Abbasharjah) one of our ex-pinhook break her maiden as a 2yo this week for the Coolmore / Ballydoyle team in Cork (Ireland).  


Ventura Storm on track for the Caulfield Cup

Ventura Storm on track for the Caulfield Cup

Big run by VENTURA STORM in the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes to finish 4th and only 1.8 lengths behind the world champion WINX.  


Buckin' Beauty impress at Newcastle

Buckin' Beauty impress at Newcastle

Impressive win today by BUCKIN BEAUTY at Newcastle!  


Lightly raced 3yo Pierino wins on debut

Lightly raced 3yo Pierino wins on debut

The lightly raced 3yo PIERINO was rather impressive yesterday winning first up for trainer Danny Williams and jockey Blake Shinn.  


Calypso Bay dominates at Canterbury

Calypso Bay dominates at Canterbury

Calypso Bay (High Chaparral) won impressively today coming from far and wide in torrential condition at Canterbury.  


VOLPE wins again at Rosehill

VOLPE wins again at Rosehill

Congratulations to trainer Danny Williams & jockey J Ford. A short back up and a change of tactics made all the difference.  



Astute Agent has Global Perspective

Astute Agent has Global Perspective

A little more than five years after launching Astute Bloodstock in Sydney, Frenchman Louis Le Metayer has enjoyed success with horses purchased both domestically and overseas. A highlight came just last month when European imports Harlem (GB) (Champs Elysees {GB}) and Ventura Storm (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) finished first and third in the G1 Australian Cup.  


A Mist Opportunity impresses in Ballarat

A Mist Opportunity impresses in Ballarat

There was a big win from A Mist Opportunity (Foxwedge) today in Victoria. Congratulations to trainer Andrew Noblet and the owners Nicolas de Chambure & Peter Katelanis.  


Change of tactic favours Ventura Storm in Chairman's Stakes Gr.2

Change of tactic favours Ventura Storm in Chairman's Stakes Gr.2

It was a brilliant run from VENTURA STORM today at Randwick to finish a close second in the Gr.2 Chairman’s Stakes 2600m.  


Gr.1 success for Astute Bloodstock

Gr.1 success for Astute Bloodstock

We had a milestone result at Flemington on Saturday, with two of our European imports finishing first and third in the $1.5 million Gr1 Australia Cup. 


Prontissimo wins two in a row

Prontissimo wins two in a row

Prontissimo won two in a row yesterday for Kris Lees & jockey Aaron Bullock. The filly had a faultless preparation and keeps improving. Congratulations to all the owners. 


Excellent come back for HARLEM

Excellent come back for HARLEM

Another top performance from HARLEM running 2nd yesterday in the Gr.3 Carlyon Stakes for Lindsay Park behind double Gr.1 winner Gailo Chop.  


Prontissimo breaks her maiden in good style

Prontissimo breaks her maiden in good style

After two promising starts finishing 4th and 2nd, Prontissimo broke her maiden today at Taree. Congratulations to Kris Lees Racing and all the owners: P. Colley, P. James, Ms J. Marheine, A. Bostock, A. Kilgour, P. Lodge, S. Circosta, J. Rowsell, G. Sheahan, First Ten, C. Atkins 


Recap January yearling purchase

Recap January yearling purchase

Warning! Our horses often deliver excitement, celebrations, opportunities to travel and discover the racing world while making new friends. Are you up for it?  


2017

VOLPE dominates at Rosehill

VOLPE dominates at Rosehill

Impressive performance from VOLPE at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday winning in a dominant fashion.  


Excellent performance from MY COUNTRY

Excellent performance from MY COUNTRY

Despite a wide gate and a timide ride, the mare stormed home from last to win convincingly. It was her second start after a long break due to an injury. 


New yearling purchase at the Arqana October Sale

New yearling purchase at the Arqana October Sale

Astute bloodstock snapped up a sharp early looking Wootton Basset filly at the Deauville Arqana October sale.  


Another win from A Mist Opportunity

Another win from A Mist Opportunity

Easy win for A Mist Opportunity with a very good ride from Katelyn Mallyon at Cranbourne. 


Ventura Storm, second to Winx in Turnbull Stakes Gr1

Ventura Storm, second to Winx in Turnbull Stakes Gr1

Despite running short of his best distance, our import Ventura Storm put in an excellent performance to run second in the Turnbull Stakes Gr1. 


POETIC DREAM heads to Australia

POETIC DREAM heads to Australia

POETIC DREAM the lightly raced colt (only 5 starts) won the German Guineas Gr2 (1600m) in an impressive time of 1.34.8 which is 1 to 2 seconds faster than the previous 6 winners of the Caulfield Guineas.  


MY UNICORN impresses at second start

MY UNICORN impresses at second start

Impressive performance from MY UNICORN (Reward for Effort) who won her second start today at Moe (Victoria) for the Gelagotis Stable.  


Harlem dominates in the Naturalism Stakes Gr3

Harlem dominates in the Naturalism Stakes Gr3

Back in the summer of 2015 while attending most French race meetings Nico and I identified HARLEM as an ideal Cup prospect to import to Australia. Bred by Juddmonte Farm and trained by champion trainer Andre Fabre the gelding showed very good form at group level in France.  


Instant de Reve wins all the way in St Cloud

Instant de Reve wins all the way in St Cloud

Just landed in France last night. Good start to the trip with an impressive winner today in ST Cloud (Paris).  


Volpe wins two in a row

Volpe wins two in a row

After a slow start to his racing career in Sydney, Volpe (Foxwedge) has relocated to Goulburn and his trainer Danny Williams has been able to boost the horse's confidence with a couple of "easy kills" at Wagga Wagga and now in Goulburn where VOLPE won impressively by 4 lengths yesterday.  


New life for Gr1 mare C'est Beau La Vie

New life for Gr1 mare C'est Beau La Vie

The stunning black mare, C'est Beau La Vie was sold last week to Arrowfield Stud in a private deal brokered by Astute Bloodstock.  


Exciting new purchases at the Inglis Easter sales

Exciting new purchases at the Inglis Easter sales

It is becoming increasingly difficult to buy top yearlings at Easter without the backing of a billionaire, however, with a bit of flair and without lowering our standards, we managed to purchase two superior athletes both by proven stallions for "reasonable" prices. 


Impressive first Australian start for Harlem

Impressive first Australian start for Harlem

Excellent performance from Harlem during his first start in Australia finishing 3rd in the Blamey Stakes Gr2 over 1600m for Lindsay Park and a great bunch of enthusiastic owners. 


Wild Rain sold to Cressfield

Wild Rain sold to Cressfield

After an impressive racing career, Wild Rain has now been sold to Cressfield and retired to stud. 


Astute yearling purchases @ NZB

Astute yearling purchases @ NZB

We are delighted to have been able to secure our 2 favorite yearlings in the Premier sale without spending huge money.  




Magic Millions purchases

Magic Millions purchases

Dawn Approach is one of the hottest European freshman sire and was an exceptional racehorse (European champion 2YO & Champion 3YO miler in Ireland). The dam St Trinians is a multiple Listed winner who has already produced two stakes performers (Bahamas and Exodus). 


2016

Calypso Bay (High Chaparral) wins 2 in a row by big margins

Calypso Bay (High Chaparral) wins 2 in a row by big margins

Congratulations to trainer Chris Lees, jockey Aaron Bullock and the owners Ron & Judy Wanless. The horse took a long time to mature and the patience of his connections is now being rewarded. 


Another Cup for Pilote D'Essai!

Another Cup for Pilote D'Essai!

Two weeks after his brilliant victory in the Ballarat Cup (Listed race), Pilote D'Essai did it again winning in great style the Pakenham Cup (Listed race) by 2,25L. 


Pilote d' Essai wins the Ballarat Cup

Pilote d' Essai wins the Ballarat Cup

Despite a very wide gate in a big field Pilote d'Essai flew the start and led all the way to win the Ballarat Cup in impressive style.  


Gr1 winning stayer Ventura Storm heads to Lindsay Park

Gr1 winning stayer Ventura Storm heads to Lindsay Park

We are very excited with our latest acquisition, the top 3yo staying colt VENTURA STORM purchased on behalf of the Lindsay Park Team.  


Top stayer HARLEM to join Lindsay Park Racing

Top stayer HARLEM to join Lindsay Park Racing

We have just bought a top class French stayer in partnership with UK agent Al Donald. Harlem was the top price horse of the Tattersalls horses in training sales when selling for 520 000 GNS. The lightly raced 4yo, is a Listed winner over 2400m and a multiple Group performer in France.  


My Country 2nd the Gr3 Thoroughbred Stakes

My Country 2nd the Gr3 Thoroughbred Stakes

Excellent run from My Country 2nd by a nose in the Thoroughbred Stakes Gr3. Congratulations to Team Snowden and all the owners. The Poet's Voice filly was our only purchase at the 2015 Magic Millions sales. 


French stayer Darabad heads to Melbourne

French stayer Darabad heads to Melbourne

We are very exited with the new acquisition of the regally bred and emerging stayer Darabad. The 3yo colt is by champion sire Dansili out of Gr1 winning mare Daryakana. Darabad is also a half brother to Gr1 winner Dariyan. 


A Mist Opportunity wins on debut

A Mist Opportunity wins on debut

A Mist Opportunity (Foxwedge - De Lago Mist 3yo filly) won on debut today at Canterbury for Team Hawkes. Congratulations to the owners Peter Katelanis and Nicolas de Chambure.  


Recap: Astute yearling purchases @ Magic Millions

Recap: Astute yearling purchases @ Magic Millions

Recap: Astute yearling purchases @ Magic Millions 


Pilote d'Essai resumes in style

Pilote d'Essai resumes in style

European horses can take a while to adapt to the Australian pattern of racing, however, under the smart guidance of the Lindsay Park team, our first import Pilote d'Essai started his Australian racing career with a bang. After winning on debut last march in devastating fashion over 1400m, the horse was gelded and given a spell with the view of building his fitness for the good middle distance races of the Melbourne spring. Despite a wide draw and being 80% fit, Pilote d'Essai ran a brillant race yesterday at Flemington over 1400m. Indeed, the gelding was caught 4 wide during most of the trip but he ran the fastest sectionals while closing on the eventual winner who had race fitness on his side. After the race, his jockey Dayne Dunn was praising his mount saying: "serious horse, nothing went right for him and he should win a nice race over the 1600m to 2000m in the near futur". We identified Pilote d'Essai as an ideal import last summer and we bought him at the 2015 Tattersalls Octobre Sales for 230 000 Guineas for in partnership jointly formed with Mark Pilkington Bloodstock. Good luck to the owners Peter Devitt, Darren Thomas, Craig Gordon, Russell Gordon, Peter Katelanis and Tom Payne.  


Scissor Kick will shuttle to France from 2017 onwards

Scissor Kick will shuttle to France from 2017 onwards

Exciting times for French breeders with the arrival of Scissor Kick at Haras d'Etreham in 2017. Being a Gr1 colt by champion sire Redoute's Choice from the best Judmonte family, the stunning colt ticks all the boxes.  


Fixette gets 2yo black type in France

Fixette gets 2yo black type in France

Another stakes performer for Astute Bloodstock purchase's is the smart 2yo filly Fixette (Kodiac) who ran 3rd in the Listed Prix La Flèche Saturday in Chantilly at her 3rd start. Trained by Francis-Henri Graffard the filly is owned by a French - Australian partnership including Haras d'Etreham and Peter Katelanis. 


My Country wins the Lancaster Stakes

My Country wins the Lancaster Stakes

What a thrill! Despite her light pedigree and her unproven sire, My Country was our favourite filly at the Magic Millions Sales last year. Thanks to Peter James and his friends, we were able to purchase the stunning Poet’s Voice filly for $140 000. 


Astute Bloodstock is building a good strike rate at Magic Millions

Astute Bloodstock is building a good strike rate at Magic Millions

Our aim is to consistently secure top horses for top people and our work over the last 3 years is starting to pay off. With only 3 yearlings purchased in 2014 and one yearling purchased in 2015 all at Magic Millions, we have been able to secure the following horses. 


My Country wins again

My Country wins again

Trained to perfection by Peter and Paul Snowden the stunning 2yo daughter of Poet’s Voice was able to win her 3rd start against older horses at Kembla Grange over 1100m. 


ASTUTE BLOODSTOCK joins the Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia Ltd.  (FBAA).

ASTUTE BLOODSTOCK joins the Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia Ltd. (FBAA).

The Federation of bloodstock agents bounds its members by its strict Code of Ethics which matches our ethos, values and business practices.  


Skytrek wins again

Skytrek wins again

Stytrek (3yo gelding by Not a Single Doubt - Sky Cuddle) won impressively at Ipswich at his first start beyond 2000m. It was his 3rd win from 9 starts and his second win this preparation. 


Valentia to stand at Cornerstone Stud

Valentia to stand at Cornerstone Stud

Astute Bloodstock is thrilled to announce the acquisition of VALENCIA in association with Cornerstone Stud.  


Frankel filly tops Cressfield Stud's draft

Frankel filly tops Cressfield Stud's draft

Congratulations to Cressfield Stud on a successful Easter yearling sales with a superb draft of yearlings averaging AU$428 00.  


Saturday winning double for Astute Bloodstock!

Saturday winning double for Astute Bloodstock!

Our first European import Pilote d'Essai started his Australian career with a dominant win on Saturday, giving Astute Bloodstock a pleasing double. 


Top filly from NZB

Top filly from NZB

We bought our favourite filly at Karaka in association with Team Hawkes for NZ$ 500 000 = AU$ 470 000 and there is a quarter share available.  


Rainbow Lace: 2 starts, 2 wins

Rainbow Lace: 2 starts, 2 wins

2 start 2 wins for 3yo filly Rainbow Lace (High Chaparral - Pomeranz). The filly was bought as a weanling by Astute Bloodstock for $50 000.  



Our favourite filly from Magic Millions joins Team Hawkes

Our favourite filly from Magic Millions joins Team Hawkes

After inspecting more than a thousand yearlings at Magic Millions, we bought one of our favourite fillies in the sale for $200 000 on spec. 


Wolf Cry starts the year with a bang!

Wolf Cry starts the year with a bang!

Wolf Cry (Street Cry - Starfish) won the $230 000 Magic Million 3yo in tremendous style for Snowden Racing and jockey Blake Shinn. 


My Country impresses on debut

My Country impresses on debut

My Country (Poet's Voice - Bells Will Ring / Danehill) won impressively on debut at Gosford last week. 


2 wins in a row for Nouvelle Again

2 wins in a row for Nouvelle Again

Nouvelle Again wins all the all the way at Sandown for Lindsay Park Racing.  



2015

Nouvelle Again wins easily

Nouvelle Again wins easily

After a series of poor runs, David Hayes and Tom Dabernig decided to train the mare from a paddock as well as tweaking a few things with her feet. Since the change of environment the mare started to work better in the morning and the addition of blinkers on race day was also a winning move.  


Head shave for charity this Christmas

Head shave for charity this Christmas

I think I am pretty fortunate and Christmas is a good time to think about those who aren't. So after copping a lot of abuse for a terrible hair cut I decided to shave it all off providing that I could raise a minimum of $5000 for the Salvation Army. 


PILOTE D’ESSAI a smart European import

PILOTE D’ESSAI a smart European import

Bred in the purple, Pilote d’Essai (Oasis Dream) is destined for great things. Half-brother the Gr1 winner Planteur (2 millions GBP in prize-money) Pilote d’Essai is also closely related to champion Policy Maker and Champion 3yo Peintre Celebre.  


Rainbow Lace wins easily on debut.

Rainbow Lace wins easily on debut.

Congratulations to owner trainer Harold Norman for 3yo filly Rainbow Lace’s impressive win on debut.  


Kind Heart wins again

Kind Heart wins again

Congratulations to trainer John Thompson, Jockey Brenton Avdulla and owner Peter Horwitz for an impressive winning performance from Kind Heart yesterday at Warwick Farm.  


Royal Amati wins by 6 lengths.

Royal Amati wins by 6 lengths.

Congratulations to the owners Silvertail Racing and trainer Matthew Dale as Royal Amati wins impressively today over 2000m. 


Brilliant trail for Magic Diamond

Brilliant trail for Magic Diamond

Unlucky fourth in the Kindergarten Stakes Gr3 last April MAGIC DIAMOND trailed exceptionally well this morning for the Snowden Team. The little filly is ready for a big spring !  


Why do European horses perform so well in Australia?

Why do European horses perform so well in Australia?

Most of the time, they have been bred to stay. They are generally lightly raced as 2yo. 


Welcome to the magnificent training centre of Chantilly !

Welcome to the magnificent training centre of Chantilly !

While we reflect on the influence of European horses in Australia, I invite owners to join me as we are about to secure tomorrow leading stayers. 


Royal Ascot 2yo stakes winner born and bred at Haras du Buff

Royal Ascot 2yo stakes winner born and bred at Haras du Buff

The 2yo colt Suits You dominated the Royal Ascot Chesham Stakes LR on Saturday in a sensational performance. The colt is now unbeaten in 2 starts and Trainer Eoghan O’Neill said he is a very smart horse with a bright future.  


Nouvelle Again wins two maidens…

Nouvelle Again wins two maidens…

Purchased by Astute Bloodstock for $30 000 at the 2013 Melbourne Premier sales, 3yo filly Nouvelle Again (Von Costa de Hero – Flurry’s Gem) ran a good second at her first starts at Geelong last August.  


Radio interview with Shane Anderson from RSN

Radio interview with Shane Anderson from RSN

RSN Racing ahead Following our blog on the paradox of Australian staying races, Shane Anderson and Louis continue the discussion on air.  


Good start for Magic Diamond

Good start for Magic Diamond

Despite a very wet and chopped up track the 2yo filly Magic Diamond (NASD – Jolie) won her second trail easily this morning.  


Kind Heart shows some ticker

Kind Heart shows some ticker

The lightly raced 3yo filly Kind Heart (Shamardal – Natural Woman) came from far and wide to swamp the field in a few strides and won convincingly today at Royal Randwick over 1100m. 


Half Brother to Astute purchase wins Group 1

Half Brother to Astute purchase wins Group 1

Congratulations to Richard Gibson and Goldin Farms for Gold Fun’s impressive win yesterday in the HKJC Chairman’s Sprint Prize, HK-1.  


A Good Weekend for Astute Bloodstock

A Good Weekend for Astute Bloodstock

Stakes performances are the benchmark for measuring success in racing and it was pleasing to cheer on two Astute Bloodstock purchases who did very well for their connections over the weekend. 


Wolf Cry Wins Trial Easily

Wolf Cry Wins Trial Easily

Wolf Cry (Street Cry - Starfish 2yo colt) won his trial at Randwick easily yesterday, in preparation for the Lonhro Plate at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday 14 February. 


Nouvelle Again impressive at Seymour

Nouvelle Again impressive at Seymour

Second winner of the week, Nouvelle Again won by 3 lengths today at Seymour over 1600m leading all the way! 


Texas Flower Like a Ferrari

Texas Flower Like a Ferrari

Texas Flower (Hussonet – Cinque Cento) 3yo filly won her second start today at Kilmore leading all the way.  


2014

Astute Bloodstock Active in Europe

Astute Bloodstock Active in Europe

The Tattersalls & Arqana December Broodmare sales provide good opportunities for Australian breeders to tap into a different gene pool and bring new staying blood to the Australian breeding and racing industry. The most successful European owners have been breeding to race over a long period of time and have built exceptional families.  


Haras Du Buff Video Launch

Haras Du Buff Video Launch

Louis' mother Edwige runs a boutique thoroughbred farm in Normandy called Haras Du Buff. In recent years, the farm has produced 3 Gr1 winners and several stakes winners.  


Encouraging first start for Wolf Cry

Encouraging first start for Wolf Cry

Bought on speck at Magic Millions by James Bester & Astute Bloodstock, 2yo colt Wolf Cry (Street Cry - Starfish) finished 3rd in the Breeders Plate LR at his first start.  


Astute New Agent Off and Running

Astute New Agent Off and Running

Breeding & Racing Magazine's Rowena Galvin interviews Louis Le Metayer for the 2014 Gr1 annual issue.  


Listed winner for Haras Du Buff

Listed winner for Haras Du Buff

Royal Spring makes it 3 from 4 and wins the Listed Prix Saraca in Maison Laffitte for the Arqana Racing Club. Congratulations to trainer Nicolas Clement and his team.  


Our Kaboom

Our Kaboom

Exciting 2YO Our Kaboom runs again tomorrow and is looking for his third win in a row. An $80,000 purchase by Astute Bloodstock from the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sales, Our Kaboom has won his last two starts in impressive fashion.  


New Website for Astute Bloodstock

New Website for Astute Bloodstock

ouis Le Metayer's burgeoning thoroughbred bloodstock business Astute Bloodstock has launched a new website.  


First Group Winner for Astute Bloodstock

First Group Winner for Astute Bloodstock

Saturday’s Group 2 Surround Stakes at Warwick Farm marked an important milestone for Astute Bloodstock as Thump was our first Group winner purchased privately.  


Top class High Chaparral colt for Ron and Judy Wanless

Top class High Chaparral colt for Ron and Judy Wanless

Sydney agent Louis Le Metayer is keen on quality first foals at yearling sales, even at $150,000 over budget. 


A proven record buying yearlings at NZB

A proven record buying yearlings at NZB

From only 6 attempts at buying yearlings with a limited budget in NZ ,for various friends over the last few years, I have been responsible for purchasing the following 3 stakes performing fillies from Karaka.  


Galah, first stallion deal for Astute Bloodstock

Galah, first stallion deal for Astute Bloodstock

Rangeview Stud has signed Darley's outstanding sprinter-miler Galah to stand at Bullsbrook this year. Galah is a son of breed-shaping sire of sires Redoute's Choice and his dam Rinky Dink was a Group 1 winner of the Australasian Oaks. 


 

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