Trainer, StarLadies France
Nicolas Clement’s first job away from the family stable was in 1982 as a stud trainee at Haras de Clarbec in Deauville with Olivier Nicol. After a year working there he left France to go to America where he prepared yearlings at Taylor Made farm, Kentucky, and was in charge of barn of 24 yearlings. Nicolas then went on to become pupil assistant to John Gosden in California and was working there when ROYAL HEROINE won the Breeder’s Cup Mile for the yard in 1984.
In 1985 he came back to Europe to work as pupil assistant at Ballydoyle with Dr M.V O’Brien, during the successful period when the stable won the Irish Derby with LAW SOCIETY, the National Stakes with TATE GALLERY and the Irish St Leger with LEADING COUNSEL.
Nicolas returned to France in 1986 and for two years he was the main assistant to Mr Francois Boutin who at the time had 220 horses. Francois Boutin was the leading French trainer for 8 years and while working there Nicolas experienced the success of MIESQUE, who was the dual Breeder’s Cup Mile winner, as well as the 1000 Guineas winner BAILLAMONT, TERSA, and BLUSHING JOHN.
Known for being the youngest trainer ever to win the prestigious Prix Arc de Triomphe, Nicolas Clement has been one of the leading trainers in France for over thirty years. He has had a very successful career to date with over 900 winners, including 7 Group 1’s, 7 Group 2’s and 18 Group 3’s in France as well as abroad.