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For The record: Briefing: the French at the Festival.

Byline: John Randall

First Gold, Jair du Cochet and Baracouda are all favourites to become rare French-trained winners at the Cheltenham Festival.

The Fellow is the only horse trained in France to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup,

a feat he achieved in 1994 after two

short-head defeats.

The only French-trained winner at the Festival before that was Tasmin in a division of the Gloucestershire (now Supreme Novices') Hurdle in 1954.

The filly Snow Drop became only the third French-trained winner at the Festival when taking last year's Triumph Hurdle.

nFrench raiders won five of the first six post-war runnings of the Triumph Hurdle (1950-55), but in those days the race was run at Hurst Park.

Four horses trained in France have been second in the Champion Hurdle-Chuchoteur (1938), Le Paillon (1947), Pyrrhus (1951) and Hors La Loi (2000). Le Paillon went on to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, though he was the worst winner in the history of that race.

Two horses trained in France have won the Grand National-Huntsman (1862) and Cortolvin (1867), both trained at Chantilly by Englishman Harry Lamplugh.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 5, 2001
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