xavier bozoXavier Bozo with his purchased Fantastic Light/Arctic Drift filly
2008 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale
(Photo : Heather Morkel)

A year ago, the organisation which administers and markets French racing and breeding, France Galop, sent a delegation under the leadership of Elodie Garamond to South Africa with a view to exploring matters of mutual interest. Among the party were some of France’s most eminent breeders, including Xavier and Natalie Bozo, who hail in the male line from a long succession of outstanding French horsemen. Lest we should be accused of chauvinism, Natalie is a descendant of the famous Lanvin heritage, in her case the chocolate lineage made famous by one of France’s most celebrated artists, Salvador Dali, the man with the world’s most famous moustache.

The Bozos are best remembered these days for having produced in a single year two Group One winners in the form of America’s outstanding turf filly, Gorella, and the exceptional obstacles performer, Top Of The Sky. They run a spectacular boutique stud in Normandy, in the heartland of French breeding, and like them, everything at Elevage de La Source is immaculately managed.

They are with us for almost two weeks, and anyone they touch will tell you of their infectious attitude. There are no greater lovers of the horse, enthusiasts for the game, nor greater admirers of South Africa.

To cap it all, they were the buyers of the outstanding Fantastic Light filly we consigned last year to the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sales, where they beat off stiff competition at R900,000 to secure the sister to the early favourite for Australia’s Golden Slipper (Gr.1). Judging by the progress she’s made since the sale, the Gary Alexander Racing Stable has something “proper” to look forward to.