Racing runs in the blood of Francis-Henri Graffard as his grandfather was National Hunt breeder Dr Henri Champliau.
Since beginning training at Chantilly, in October 2011, he has established himself as one of the best in Europe with Wooded, In Swoop, Watch Me, Channel, Bateel, Erupt, Volta and The Revenant being among the stars he has trained.
Bateel almost provided him with a first Champions Series success when runner-up in the Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day in 2017.
Watch Me put that right when landing the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2019. She beat dual Classic winner Hermosa at 20/1. And in 2020, The Revenant powered to glory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, on Champions Day, having been runner-up in the race 12 months earlier.
Before joining the training ranks he was selected for the Godolphin Flying Start programme and spent time in Ireland, UK, USA, Australia and Dubai before joining Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley team, where he supported John Ferguson in the UK and France. He also spent three years as assistant trainer to Alain de Royer-Dupré.
If he sends any runner to Britain, then be sure to give it a second look.