There are certain trainers that have acquired a real knack of travelling their horses for the biggest international events, while others are renowned as kings or queens of their home turf.
Alain de Royer-Dupre has combined great success in both spheres during a stellar career which, for the last 35 years has seen him uphold the role of principal trainer in France to His Highness the Aga Khan with a level of distinction very few combinations of trainer and owner/breeder can claim to match.
While the twin highlights of their association might have been thanks to a pair of exceptional Classic and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winners in Dalakhani and Zarkava, Royer-Dupre’s ability to campaign his horses across the globe – both in the emerald green of the prince and for numerous other owners – have brought him wins at the highest level in Britain, the United States, the Middle East and Hong Kong.
Among the international challengers ranged against a strong domestic defence for the four LONGINES Hong Kong International Races next Sunday, Royer-Dupre’s pair of wins at Sha Tin match the record of Aidan O’Brien, Sir Michael Stoute and Takayuki Yasuda.
Bidding to add to the 75-year-old’s enviable record in Hong Kong – nine of his 20 runners down the years have finished in the first three – will be the three-year-old filly Edisa, who already boasts one victory outside France, having defeated compatriot Wonderment in the Jockey Club Oaks Invitational at Belmont Park.