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The Trainer - Gilbert Rousset


Gilbert Rousset
Champion Stable 2009

Gilbert Rousset had always had an inclination towards racing since his childhood. Born on the 11th of March 1948, horse racing was part of the family with his uncle, Mr. Phillipe Rousset, being a trainor since the 1940's.

Gilbert started his successful professional career with Mr. Jose Poncini, a famous Mauritian entrepreneur and was quickly noticed for his hands on expertise in dealing methodically with all matters that came his way. That was the beginning of a leader in the making - his passion for racing was so personally disturbing, that he decided to start as assistant trainor with successful Mauritian trainors such as Benoit Noel Senior and Serge Kiki Henry.

In 1987, Mr. Hughes Maigrot, another established nominator at that time, solicited his skills to train the horses in his yard. The passion and signs became evident: Gilbert was champion trainor in that year. In 1988, Gilbert started his own stable along with the support of some close friends with a small string or horses - he performed for a several years, and finished amongst the top 3 trainors in Mauritius.

In 1997, due to lack of investment by owners, Gilbert had to hang his binoculars......, but only to return stronger as the love and passion for horses was so irresistible.....just in 6 months, whereby he was licensed under the new scheme as a Freelance Trainor, implemented by the MTC.

But he came back in a different dimension, along with some of his close friends, most of them still existing members at the stable. Committed as he is, and trusted by his fellow loyal members - there was no stopping him. He improved year on year, along with his assistant Mr Soodesh Seesurrun and an effective team of responsible grooms to finally win the Championship in 2009 with a small variable string of between 24 to 26 horses. That was an incredible year of achievement and a very commendable performance.

Gilbert is considered by all as a true gentleman, one who remains modest in the face of success and is a respected figure in the horse racing industry in Mauritius. He has over 400 winners in Mauritius including Classic listed races such as the Duchess Cup, the Barbe Cup, the Maiden Cup and the Duke of York Cup. No doubt he is also regarded as one of the best trainors the Island has ever produced.

He has worked with many top world class jockeys, including Tobbie Van Booma, Gary Verne, Kevin Shea, Nishal Teeha (considered as the top Mauritian jockey) and last but not least, Shane Dye, who claimed the Jockey's Championship in the year 2009.

He trained great horses, that still puts a smile on punters' faces, such as Great Gusto, Expertise, El Fuego, Bonafide, Facet's Magic, Ubusuku, Mr Brock, Short Corner, Captain's Knock, just to name a few.

Gilbert currently has 34 horses in his yard. Shane Dye is back as the stable jockey and his ever reliable and faithful assistant trainor, Mr. Soodesh Seesurrun and long standing owners such as Mr. Allain Doger de Speville, with whom he shares a relationship for over 20 years now and other members such as Mr Gregory Hart de Keating to name a few. The stable today has over 50 members (owners) and it thrives on the social aspect - with all members always present on each and every after race social gathering.

CLASSIC RACES

As at 28th May 2010 we have got 440 wins:

THE DUCHESS OF YORK CUP

1987 Great Gusto T.Van Booma 1.28.80
1988 Mr Speaker P.Barnett 1.27.30
1991 Workshipful Day R.Fradd 1.26.30
1994 Electric Air N.Williams 1.25.40
2000 Facet's Magic P.Whitmore 1.26.30
2010 Disa Leader R.S.Dye 1.23.50

THE BARBE CUP
1991 Bona Fide V.A.Bundhoo 1.39.60
2000 Facet's Magic V.Naiko 1.39.20

THE MAIDEN CUP
2006 To The Line K.Shea 2.28.77
2008 Mr Brock A.Delpech 2.20.32

THE DUKE OF YORK CUP
1987 Expertise G.Waterston 1.38.10
2009 Captain's Knock R.S.Dye 1.36.42



SEMI CLASSIC RACES

LA COUPE DU CENT-CINQUANTENAIRE
1994 Electric Air R.Boutanive 2.06.10
2002 Lots 'N Lots R.Joorawon 1.53.00
2003 Lucky Bach k.Jupp 1.52.06

THE MTC 175th ANNIVERSARY CUP
1991 Bona Fide V.A.Bundhoo 1.39.70
2009 Captain's Knock R.S.Dye 2.06.47

LA COUPE DES PRESIDENTS
1989 First Row G.Verne 1.52.50
1990 Bona Fide R.Fradd 1.51.40
2005 Ubusuku K.Shea 2.04.47

THE PRINCESS MARGARET CUP
1987 Great Gusto G.Waterson 1.27.30
1999 Villiers V.Naiko 1.24.80
2009 Short Corner R.S.Dye 1.23.98

THE COLONEL DRAPER CUP
2002 Fashion Editor R.Joorawon 1.33.90



DOMESTIC GROUP RACES 2008

THE GROOMS' DAY MAURITIUS DERBY CUP: GROUP 1
2008 Mr Brock C.Arnold 1.39.06

THE SUPERTOTE GOLDEN TROPHY: GROUP 3
2008 Mr Brock C.Arnold 2.06.33

THE PHOENIX BEER MAIDEN CUP: GROUP 1
2008 Mr Brock A.Delpech 2.20.32




DOMESTIC GROUP RACES 2009

THE UNION BEVERAGES - PRINCESS MARGARET CUP: GROUP 2
2009 Short Corner R.S.Dye 1.23.98

THE BLOODSTOCK SOUTH AFRICA - MTC 175th ANNIVERSARY CUP: GROUP 3
2009 Captain's Knock R.S.Dye 2.06.47

LA BANQUE DES MASCAREINES - DUCK OF YORK CUP: GROUP 1
2009 Captain's Knock R.S.Dye 1.36.42



The Assistant Trainer - Soodesh Seesurrun

Soodesh Seesurrun: Le parcours d’un passionné


Soodesh Seesurrun
Assistant Trainer

Soodesh was born and brought up in the racing industry since his father was no other than the well-known Mauritian jockey, Mr. Lall Seesurrun. Since his childhood, he has always loved horses and racing. At the young age of 8, Soodesh already knew all the facts and figures of horses running on our local turf. His passion was truly an inborn one. Due to his parents' apprehension, Soodesh quickly had to give up his dreams of following in his father's steps. He however did not give up on his passion and in 1982, after completing his secondary school education, he decided to start the hard way as a groom. After only six months of integration with the Ram Ruhee stable, he was there and it was the start of an incredible career.

In 1986, Soodesh began to work in collaboration with Gilbert Rousset and this was the start of a great collaboration and an even greater friendship. Thier relationship is one based on the love of horses, mutual respect, trust and honesty. Due to his expertise and skills, Soodesh rapidly became the right hand of Gilbert Rousset and soon he was head groom at the stable. In 2008, Soodesh was proudly granted his first license as assistant-trainer by the Mauritius Turf Club. This was a first in the history of horse racing in Mauritius as a groom had never before climbed the ladder of success to become an assitant-trainer and truly a title well deserved by a man who has learnt through his own hard work, perseverance and honesty.

Today, Soodesh is a well-known and well-respected figure in the racing industry and as regard the care of horses. he stands at par with all other trainers. His years of experience and thirst of knowledge have made that he is often sollicited by many in the industry when it comes to a "horse" matter. Soodesh' flexibility, understanding of horses and ability to find solutions to difficult situations have made him the first point of contact for the first care aid if something happens to a horse. His capabilities and skills with horses makes one think that he should be an equine vet. Whether its 9am in the morning, or 2 am in the morning, Soodesh is always present and available 24 hours to look after the horses under his responsibility - that's how hard working and reliable you can get.

Questioned on the top horses that still stays in his mind: Its an open dictionary of all horses that have past the post in first - but some which stays engraved in his mind are Royal Heritage (Ram Ruhee), the first horse he was assigned and his first victory was when Earl Harrison (Ram Ruhee) won in style.

The top horses that he trained are Mr Brock, To the Line, El Fuego, Ubusuku, Facet's Magic, Villiers and Captain's Knock to name a few. He worked with great international jockeys such as Kevin Shea and Shane Dye, currently the stable jockey. For him the best Mauritian jockey remains Nishal Teeha.

The Jockey - Preetam Daby

Preetam Daby was born on the 13th January 1974. He has always lived in Grand Gaube.  

As a child, one of his uncles encouraged him towards the profession of jockey. As he grew up and found that he was of the right height and weight, he then started to consider this career and at the age of 16, he left secondary school and applied at the Mauritius Turf Club for an apprentice jockey license. He then started to ride freelance for various stables. As from the year 1992 and for a few years, he went to the South African Jockeys Academy (Durban, South Africa) almost every year for a period of a few months each time in order to learn and to improve his riding skills.
 
His first win was in 1992 itself on Jet Spray and this win remains one of the most memorable for him. In 2001, he was crowned Champion Mauritian Jockey.
 
His greatest achievement was winning the Duchess of York Cup in 2009 on Cormorant Pass.
 
Amongst the greatest horses he feels he has ridden are Cormorant Pass, Cavendish, Don Corleon and Gold Emblem. 

Preetam currently works a lot with the Gilbert Rousset Stable and assists the trainers at trackwork on a daily basis.

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