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Golden Silver (Farside) and Paul Townend win the Tote Pick Six Normans Grove Chase from Rubi Light (Nearside) Fairyhouse 16.01.2011

Golden Silver was bred by Noel Pelat and is by Mansonnien

  PICTURE: PATRICK MCCANN 

Leading French jumps breeder Noel Pelat dies

NOEL PELAT, breeder of Mansonnien and many top jumps performers, has died aged 94. Pelat established Haras de la Croix Sonnet in Normandy, where he stood Mansonnien's sire Tip Moss and bred Golden Silver, the Willie Mullins-trained triple Grade 1-winning chaser, by Mansonnien.

Pelat first made the headlines as a jockey, when becoming the youngest rider to have won the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris, aged 19. He started training in 1942 and trained over 2,600 winners before his retirement in 1996. When he started breeding horses in the 1950s, Pelat sourced both mares and stallions from his training yard.

It was Tip Moss's retirement to stud that propelled Pelat as a breeder. He was followed by Phantom Breeze, who became champion sire himself and produced the likes of Le Coudray. Mansonnien is the latest Haras de la Croix Sonnet resident to be champion sire.

The stud, near Lisieux, is managed by Pelat's daughter Noelle and stands Astarabad, Grand Couturier and Blue Bresil.

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