Olivier Peslier---Champion in France
119 lbs---8st 7 lbs--54 kgs

Olivier Peslier. Photo kindly lent by France GalopOlivier was born in Chateau Gontier, France, on 12.01.73 into a family that had nothing to do with horse racing...his dad was a stone mason.

However, La Mayenne is a very horsey area of France and Olivier was soon a star on the pony racing circuit, booting home 43 winners.

From there he joined Patrick Biancome as an apprentice and won his first big race, a listed race on High Purse at his local track, le Lion d'Angers, beating Cash Asmussen in a tight finish.

When Biancome moved to Hong Kong, Olivier joined Nicolas Clement. That was in 1993 and 20 year old Olivier really started to make his mark in racing circles by winning the Prix Jean Prat on Le Balafre.

In 1993, Olivier also captured a Group 3 in Spain, the Premio Memorial Duque de Toledo on Arc placed, Vert Amande, trained by Ellie Lellouche.

Olivier Peslier winning on Salsita, Salse's first ever winner, at San Sebastian. Photo by Jose-Antonio Rodriguez

By now, the owner, Daniel Wildenstein, had noticed the efficient and Americanised riding style of Olivier and he signed him as his retained jockey.

At first, this meant riding for Lellouche and since then he has enjoyed the enviable position of 1st jockey to Andre Fabre and the pick of the Wildenstein mounts.

1995 saw Olivier gain his first Classic, the Irish Derby with an enterprising ride on Winged Love at the Curragh.

However, Olivier is probably most recognised for steering home 3 consecutive Arc de Triomphe wins between 1996--98 on Helissio, Peintre Celebre and Sagamix. Olivier has said frequently that Peintre Celebre was "the best horse I ever rode".

Olivier has been Champion Jockey in France in 1996, 97, 99 and 2000.
Only a very busy and determined Dominique Boeuf managed to wrestle the the title away from him in 1998 & 2001 by travelling up and down France in search of winners.

Over the last 7 seasons, Olivier has been riding frequently in the UK on "big race" days or where there has been no racing in France.

Olivier Peslier showing his US style adapted to European tracks. Photo kindly lent by France Galop

In 1998, Olivier lifted the crown jewel of racing, the Epsom Derby with a well timed finish on High Rise, trained by Luca Cumani.

With the help of top Newmarket agent, Shippy Ellis, Olivier has been in hot demand along with Gerard Mosse from UK trainers.
However, 2000 was not such a hot year and his visits were not so frequent.

Olivier Peslier on Volvoreta, Prix Vermeille winner and 3rd in the Arc in 2000. Photo kindly lent by France Galop

In the winter, although he initially used to go to California, he now is a regular in Japan where he has an enormous following.

It has been in Japan where he has lifted two of the last three World Jockeys Challenges. This further endorses Olivier's standing in the list of the world's top 10 jockeys--the jet set or Concorde jockeys.

Technically, although adopting an American style from an early age, Olivier has never been a very whip happy jockey.
Early on, this could mean that he tended to appear a bit weak in a finish. However, Olivier is not that at all.

He has a fine sense of balance and pace throughout a race and although he likes to cajole horses to give their best, he can get stuck in to a power-packed finish when he has to.

Olivier losing out this time to Frankie Dettori at Longchamp on Arc 2000 day. Photo kindly lent by France Galop

Off the track, his English has improved and he enjoys a healthy rivalry with his friend, Frankie Dettori, who is 4 weeks older than the Frenchman.

In June, 2001, with Wildenstein removing his horses from Fabre together with signing Dominique Boeuf as his new jockey, Olivier replied by signing as Fabre's stable jockey.

With Olivier riding the last months of 2001 in Japan, Boeuf was able to claw back the advantage that Olivier had had during the season and duly pipped Olivier by 1 winner for the Cravache d'Or.

2001 has certainly been a great year with Olivier taking the Japan Cup on Jungle Pocket where they mowed down the previous year's winner, TM Opera O, right on the line!. Olivier also rode a masterful race on Bank's Hill to romp away with the Breeder's Cup Fillies and Mares Turf at Belmont.

From 1991 to 2001, Olivier's mounts earned FRF 258.5 million in purses, beating Thierry Jarnet at FRF 247 million !

A happy Oliver after the Japan CupThe field about a furlong fom home with Olivier (left) about to mow down the leader who is wearing the red capOlivier and Jungle Pocket deprive TM Opera O right on the line!

MAJOR RACES WON:

  • Arc de Triomphe, Helissio, 1996, Peintre Celebre, 1997 & Sagamix, 1998
  • German Derby, Borgia, 1997.
  • Irish Derby, Winged Love, 1995.
  • Gran Criterium, Glory of Dancer
  • Hong Kong Vase, Partipral, 1995.
  • Irish 2,000 Guineas, Desert Prince, 1998 and Saffron Walden, 1999.
  • Coronation Stakes, Shake the Yoke, 1996 and Bank's Hill, 2001.
  • Dewhurst Stakes, Xaar, 1997.
  • Grand Criterium-Lucien Bariere, Xaar, 1997
  • Derby, High Rise, 1998.
  • QE II Stakes, Air Express, 1997 and Desert Prince, 1999
  • Hong Kong Mile, Docksider, 1999.
  • Hong Kong Vase, Borgia, 1999.
  • Hardwick Stakes, Fruits of Love, 2000.
  • Criterium International, Sagacity, 2001
  • Dubai Kahayla Classic, Magic de Piboul, 2001.
  • Prix Jacques Le Marois, Vahorimix, 2001.
  • Breeders' Cup Fillies & Mare Turf, Banks' Hill, 2001
  • Japan Cup, Jungle Pocket, 2001.
  • Lockinge Stakes, Keltos, 2002.
  • Prix Jacques Le Marois, Bank's Hill, 2002.
  • Prix Ganay, Fair Mix, 2003
  • Prix Saint Alary, Fidelite, 2003.
  • German Derby, Dai Jin, 2003.
  • Aral Pokal, Dai Jin, 2003
  • Prix de la Foret, Etoile Montante, 2003.
  • Arima Kinen, Symboli Kris S., 2003

    FRENCH GROUP 1 RACES WON (37):

  • French Derby (1)
  • Prix du Moulin (1)
  • Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (3)
  • Prix Ganay (3)
  • Prix Lupin (2)
  • Criterium International (1)
  • Prix d'Isaphan (2)
  • Prix Jean Prat (1)
  • Grand Prix de Paris (2)
  • Grand Prix de Saint Cloud (2)
  • Prix Vermeille (1)
  • Prix de la Salamandre (1)
  • Prix du Cadran (1)
  • Grand Criterium (1)
  • Marcel Boussac (2)
  • Prix de la Foret (3)
  • Prix Royal Oak (2)
  • Prix Saint Alary (5)
  • Prix du Cadran (1)
  • Prix Jacques Le Marois (2)

    Missing from his Group 1 cabinet in France are the Prix de Diane, Poules des Pouliches, Poules des Poulains, Prix Maurice de Gheest, Prix de l'Abbaye and Prix Morny.

    Olivier Peslier e-mail--Click to e-mail Shippy Ellis, his agent in the UK

    or phone Shippy on 01638 668 484.

    Olivier Peslier 1991-2003, France

    Biographical information & Statistics sourced from FranceGalop.com

    Year Wins Rides Position
    1991 46 589 14th
    1992 31 455 25th
    1993 91 756 3rd
    1994 116 937 3rd
    1995 132 887 2nd
    1996 163 938 1st
    1997 157 860 1st
    1998 142 820 2nd
    1999 147 892 1st
    2000 162 923 1st
    2001 148 902 2nd
    2002 98 638 4th
    2003 109 746 4th
    Total 1,456 10,243 --

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