With an impressive 41 wins to his name already this calendar year, Pierre-Charles Boudot has probably already sealed the French jockeys’ championship before his arch-rival Christophe Soumillon has even touched down from his stint in Hong Kong.
French broadcaster Equidia caught up with the man of the moment last weekend between his five winners, which included useful listed winner King Shalaa.
Très en forme en ce début d'année 2021, @PCBOUDOT évoque cette nouvelle année, ses ambitions et sa grande réussite. Une interview très complète réalisée par Guillaume Luyckx. pic.twitter.com/fmY1SYXWx4
— Equidia (@equidia) February 13, 2021
Asked on his priorities this year, Boudot said he is not set on breaking any records – he’d prefer to look after himself better now – but instead wishes to prioritise getting on top Group One horses for the big races. He will undoubtedly call upon the firepower of the Andre Fabre and Francis-Henri Graffard stables, but also Aidan O’Brien’s raiders. Boudot scored at the top level on both Mogul and Van Gogh on French soil last year and he will likely ride Ballydoyle’s finest in France if the Covid complications continue on into the summer.
His horses to follow are:
The Revenant (6yo gelding)
This mudlark stays in training (he is a gelding after all) and has never placed outside of the first three. Expect him to target the QE2 again at Ascot in October.
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) October 17, 2020
Petricor (3yo filly)
This daughter of Frankel won the prestigious Prix des Marettes maiden for juveniles at Deauville last August – a race that has thrown up proper Group fillies before such as Qemah, Dream And Do, Senga and Zagora.
Petricor broke well, but soon found herself quite far behind in the Marettes. Boudot stayed cool and they made up ground hand over fist to score by 1.5 lengths in a good time here. She looks to take plenty of stamina from her sire Frankel and looks to be more of a French Oaks type than one for the Guineas.
🏆La fille de @frankel_horse, Petricor (@PCBOUDOT / A. Fabre), met à l'honneur la casaque de Khalid Abdullah en remportant le convoité Prix des Marettes, une épreuve réservée aux inédites.
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— Equidia (@equidia) August 4, 2020
The Marettes third has since won but apart from that, the form of the maiden is a little underwhelming. Nevertheless, she is a hot property this spring.
Media Stream (3yo colt)
Also by Frankel and representing Juddmonte Farms, Media Stream won his sole juvenile start at Chantilly and is the second horse to be nominated by Boudot. He is plenty backward and given his profile, he may be one more for a race like the Grand Prix de Paris, rather than the French Derby over 10 furlongs.
Media Stream is a full brother to John Gosden’s former inmate Weekender. Weekender was seen at his best as a four-year-old, racing over 1m6f, so it’s not impossible that Media Stream ends up as a future stayer in time.
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) November 10, 2020
Van Gogh (3yo colt)
Not such a dark horse! Van Gogh won the Group One Criterium International for Aidan O’Brien, giving Boudot a good feel. According to Boudot, Van Gogh is quick enough to take his chance in one of the Guineas in May.