French horseman Louis Baudron’s affinity with trotting in Australia is getting closer all the time. Amandine, a Village Mystic three-year-old filly named after his partner, is seeing to that.
It is all through his ties with Ballarat-based Yabby Dam Farms trainer, Anton Golino.
Baudron stands Village Mystic at his stunning property Haras des Rouges Terres after training and driving the son of legendary French sire Love You throughout his career.
Village Mystic is relative newcomer to Australian trotting breeding ranks, but it is a different story in France, where he has risen into the leading echelon of stallions over the best part of the past decade.
A student of French bloodlines, Golino five years ago took the opportunity to breed two mares to Village Mystic.
It has quickly proved to be a masterstroke.
Amandine (out of Mybrotherwasastar NZ) and another filly Courmayeur (Onestar LB Ita) were the result and they have already chalked up a combined total of seven wins for Yabby Dam Farm breeding and racing operation.
The story is bigger than that though.
Village Mystic has quickly become a group 1 sire in Australia with Amandine capturing the $60,000 Need For Speed Princess Final for three-year-old fillies at Melton on Friday, September 2.
Amandine went into classic series already group 1-placed, having finished a close second in the New South Wales Oaks in May.
She was dominant in the Need For Speed - winning her heat in 1:57.9 for the 1720m trip and then going 1:57.4 from the front in the final.
Amandine now has four wins – all this season – for earnings of almost $60,000 and a promise of much more to come as even bigger classics loom.
Village Mystic only has four foals of racing race in Australia, with Amandine and Courmayeur the only two to have raced.
He has one foal in New Zealand – Mystic Max.
The three-year-old colt has won three races, including the group 2 Lone Star Sires’ Stakes for 2yos.