Like many trainers, Nicolas Clement grew up surrounded by horses. His father Miguel trained the French Derby winner Nelcius and his brother Chistophe is a successful trainer in America.
Nicholas worked at the Haras de Clarbec in Deauville in 1982, then moved to America a year later to prepare yearlings at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky. He became pupil assistant to John Gosden in California at the time Royal Heroine won the 1984 Breeders’ Cup Mile.
He moved back to Europe in 1985 to be pupil assistant to Vincent O’Brien at Ballydoyle and in 1986 returned to France to assist Francois Boutin for two years in the era of the great Miesque.
Encouraged by Boutin, Clement took out his own licence at his father’s old yard in Chantilly in October, 1988, and has regularly figured among France’s top 15 trainers since then.
His biggest winners are headed by the 1990 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hero Saumarez, while he came close to a first Classic success when French Fifteen was beaten a neck by Camelot in the 2012 QIPCO 2000 Guineas, the first race in the QIPCO British Champions Series, at Newmarket on May 5. He made up for that in 2013 when Style Vendome took the Poule d’Essai des Poulains, the French 2000 Guineas, at Longchamp.
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