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Francis Graffard

Francis-Henri Graffard is a public racehorse trainer based in Chantilly, France. He took out his trainer’s license in October 2011 with a stable of seven horses, which has since grown to 80 for a number of international owners. The Qatar Racing-owned Pearl Flute became Francis’s first Listed stakes winner and first Group stakes winner after victories in the 2012 Listed Prix Yacowlef and G3 Prix de Chenes, and he has since won the G3 Prix du Palais-Royal and been G1 placed. Francis has since trained further stakes winners More Than Sotka, Ighraa and Veslove. He has also trained a G1 winning Purebred Arabian named Chaddad. After graduating Darley Flying Start, Francis continued to build his foundation to become a trainer with a few key roles. His first position after graduation was in the Darley Racing Office in the UK as English and French Representative. This role involved liaising with Darley’s trainers including Andre Fabre, John Gosden, Mick Channon, Mark Johnston, Michael Jarvis and Alex Pantall. He traveled frequently to Darley’s racing stables across Europe. After four years, Francis returned to his native France in January 2009 to commence the position of Assistant Trainer to the legendary Alain de Royer Dupre. During his two years in this post, Francis assisted with the preparations of four G1 winners on three continents, including Melbourne Cup winner Americain and French Derby winner Reliable Man.