More than just a name, he knew how to make a name for himself. Rodolphe Collet, a trainer of thoroughbreds for more than fifteen years, is at the top of the national and international ranking list. Rigorous in his work, he also likes to share the conviviality of a day at the races: "For an owner, the most important thing about having a runner is being able to enjoy it. It is even better, if that runner then becomes a winner!"

Born on the 15th of September 1973 in Gouvieux, a stones throw away from the centre of Chantilly, Rodolphe Collet learnt the first foundations for his future career beside his father Robert. Nourished by the exploits of his father in France as well as abroad, Rodolphe then gained further experience by spending time with two trainers in his budding career/in the career he was born in to. The first was in the outstanding surroundings of Stanley House at Newmarket with the classic trainer John Gosden. The second took place in the United States, with the Californian, Jack Van Bergh, where he learnt how to train young two year olds, and where he completed his apprenticeship in the profession. On his return to France, Rodolphe Collet passed his public trainers license in 1997

In the spring of 1998, the neo professional settled down at "The Serpentine", the former establishment of François Boutin, which he has not left since and where he has preserved a high standard, at the same time as modernising and making the working environment more confortable.

In the course of his success, Rodolphe Collet knew how to keep his philosophy intact: "Establish a relationship of confidence with the owners, commit to a long term relationship based on loyalty and share our common passion of horse racing."

Rodolphe Collet is married and the father of three adorable girls.


Rodolphe Collet's first winner was called Pavillon Panama, a winner at Lyon-Parilly on the 29th of March 1998, representing his own colours. A few weeks later, it was the Sex Pistols, laureate at Longchamp on the 21st May, who offered him his first victory as an owner. It is no coincidence that the Vallin family were the first supporters of the young trainer. Jean-Pierre Mio, Jean-Baptiste Andréani and even Mathieu Offenstadt followed in his footsteps and, since then, have not stopped placing their trust in him. For many seasons, Ahmed Mouknass has joined this loyal group.

"While demonstrating rigor in daily work, condition sine qua non to train the race horses, I like to leave room for the initiative. One must have a case-by-case approach when necessary, establish a specific schedule and be reactive. All of this being done in an environment of confidence with the owner which as a result leads to strong, rich human relations and why not crowned with success!"

In the course of a few years, Rodolphe Collet has built a very international prize list, having stood out in ten different countries (except for France):

  • Dubai
  • Japan
  • United States
  • Hong Kong
  • England
  • Canada
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Sweden
  • Spain

The purchasing policy of Rodolphe Collet is multiple and varied. His constant success in the four commercial domains has reassured him in the sense "seize every opportunity, there and then, no matter what it is": during the sales at breeding farms, around Europe, whether it is of yearlings or of horses in training (especially with Marc-Antoine Berghracht - MAB Agency) and finally at the level that racing requires.

If Sahpresa, performer of a unique third victory in the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket and placed first in Group 1 in Japan, remains to this day the great historical champion of the stables, Rodolphe Collet must not forget Nova Hawk, Tigertail, Honorifique, Pro Ken, Labirinto, Marie de Bayeux, Milord Fontenaille, etc.

TIGERTAIL - Mare born in 1999
15 races 2 victories of which the Prix Minerve (Gr.3) in Deauville
2nd of the E.P. Taylor Stakes (Canada)
533 655 € gains

SAHPRESA - Mare born in 2005
22 races 8 victories of which 3 in the Sun Chariot Stakes (A unique third victory) in Newmarket
3rd of the Mile Championship 2011 (Japan) and of the Hong Kong Mile 2010
1 510 801 € gains

NOVA HAWK - Mare born in 2008
19 races 5 victories of which the Premio Sergio Cumani (Gr.3) in Milan San Siro
2nd of the French and English Guineas
3rd of the Premio Lydia Tesio (Gr.1) in Rome Capanelle
272 949 € gains

CHARLOTTE O FRAISE - Mare born in 2004
3 races 2 victories of which the Prix du Calvados (Gr.3) in Deauville

Statistics stop on the 1st of September 2013.

Category Victories Place (2nd or 3rd)
Groups I 3 12
Other Groups and Listed 24 17
Big Handicaps 26 18

TRAINER AT CHANTILLY

"The Serpentine" has 64 boxes, which, currently welcomes between 35 and 40 horses. Spread out over a terrain of 1,3 hectares, and located on the edge of the forest where the deer and the horses stand side by side in the early hours of the morning, Rodolphe Collet's establishment benefits from the direct access to all the training tracks in Chantilly, especially in the grounds of Aigles. "The training centre of Chantilly is a perfect working environment to prepare the horses of an international calibre."

According to its history and, especially its activity, Chantilly undoubtedly merits its status as the French capital for horses. Chantilly? It is first of all a training complex (almost 3 000 horses) which bring together the best thoroughbreds of France and which gets the entire nations heartbeat racing. It is also a magnificent racecourse, built for competition of a high standard, also used for training when necessary.

THE TRAINING CENTRE

The stronghold of French training takes place on the edge of the forest of Chantilly and spread out over 1 900 hectares extending between different sites: Les Aigles, Coye-la-Forêt, Lamorlaye, Avilly-Saint-Léonard and, naturally, the famous Piste de Lions, making a link between le Château de Chantilly and Lamorlaye.

In total, Chantilly provides:

  • 120 hectares of grass tracks
  • 120 kilometres of sand tracks
  • 12 kilometres of tracks for certain jumps
  • A dirt track

Ideally geographically placed, Chantilly is only 25 minutes from Center of Paris by train, 20 minutes from the international airport of Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, half an hour from Bourget and 45 minutes, by car, from the centre of the most beautiful capital in the world, Paris.

Ecurie Rodolphe Collet

13, allée Saint-Hubert

60260 Lamorlaye, France

Tel: +33 3 44 58 55 90

Mob: +33 6 80 59 94 78

English spoken

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