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Style de Garde

Style de Garde is as handsome four-year-old jumper as you would clap your eyes on. He stood out in the paddock for the Fred Winter Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and emerged the best horse in this always ultra competitive race. He had to give 8lb to the Gordon Elliott trained winner and was only beaten three lengths, clear of the rest.

Style de Garde’s English debut, an easy win at Newbury, had been a copycat of his final French race – an easy win in Strasbourg. Two other hurdles in his first season in Britain were not up to that standard but his sire Kapgarde is principally a sire of chasers and that will be Style de Garde’s job. He is the first foal out of a smart race mare, Anowe de Jelois, a five-time winner. Her second has just emerged to win on its flat debut at Saint-Cloud.

He put up a huge performance in 2018 to finish second in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham. This season he has already won at Hereford and was second at Taunton, gving nearly a stone to the winner. He put up a very decent effort in the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and coming to the second last looked sure to be in the frame but was unable to quicken at a critical stage, then staying on well to finish tenth of the twenty four runners. While he has switched between hurdles and fences during this campaign, his future will be over fences next season.

Pedigree

Style de Garde

Kapgarde (FR)

Anowe De Jelois (FR)

Garde Royale

Kaprike (FR)

Red Guest (IRE)

Anowa (FR)

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