We joined forces with Christophe-Patrice Lemaire in March 2002. Christophe started his career as an amateur rider, this enabled him to gain experience whilst he finished his studies.
Christophe turned professional in 2001 and rode 26 winners. In 2002, he doubled that score and rode 52 winners and won the Group 2 Prix Kergolay on Cut Quartz for the very successful British trainer Richard Gibson. During the winter of 2002/2003, Christophe was sponsered by Mr Teruya Yoshida to ride in Japan for 3 months, this first experience in Japan turned out to be positive with 15 wins from just under a 100 rides.
2003 was a real revelation, the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat and Grand Prix de Paris aboard Vespone for Nicolas Clement. Denebola provided Christophe with his third Group 1 in the Prix Marcel Boussac for classic winning trainer Pascal Bary. He finished the season with 75 winners and finished the season in 6th place in the jockeys championship.