About Astute Bloodstock

Louis Le Metayer with Lindsay Park team (L to R David Hayes, Louis, Tony McEvoy, Sam Hayes)
Auctioneer, Emirates Arabian Horse Society
Louis grew up riding horses
Haras Du Buff

Astute Bloodstock was established in November 2012 by Louis Le Metayer after 15 years of worldwide experience in the thoroughbred business.

Prior to launching Astute Bloodstock, Louis worked in the bloodstock and marketing office under John Messara at Arrowfield Stud, from January 2009 to November 2012.

"After all my hands-on experience, my time at Arrowfield taught me to understand the industry through a more analytical approach and deep research. John Messara and the team at Arrowfield have added immensely to my knowledge of pedigrees, the art of marketing, stallion management, as well as increasing my understanding of industry issues. Arrowfield's passion for the game and constant striving for excellence have inspired me to have a go on my own!"

Louis joined the Lindsay Park team in Angaston, South Australia in January 2005 as a track rider during David Hayes' triumphant return from Hong Kong. After a few months in the saddle, Louis moved into the bloodstock team and was quickly involved in selecting yearlings at the sales, selling tried horses, client relations and stallion promotion.

"Lindsay Park was a great hub of activity in those days. From the mating of stallions and mares, to Group 1 victory, every link of the chain was built there."

Louis grew up around horses at Haras Du Buff in Normandy, France, a boutique broodmare farm managed by his mother. Louis' late father was a bloodstock agent who pioneered the exporting business of French National Hunt horses to England and Ireland.

"By the age of 18 years old I had already foaled down dozens of mares and broken-in close to 60 yearlings with my brother and our riding instructor."

Worldwide Experience

After three years studying Agriculture Science and Farm Management at the Lycée Agricole de Sees and the French National Stud School (Haras Du Pin) in Normandy, Louis started his international journey in the thoroughbred world with the following experiences:

  • England - one year working as a stable hand and track rider for top National Hunt trainer Paul Webber and champion trainer Paul Nichols

  • France - one year as pupil assistant in Chantilly with dual Arc winning trainer John Hammond, strapping Group 1 winning sprinter Nuclear Debate

  • South Africa - 8 months with Cape Town's leading trainer Glen Kotzen

  • United States - one year in Kentucky working as an intern for Keeneland Sales while riding track work for champion trainer Todd Pletcher

As a 19 year old, Louis commenced an eight year freelance auctioneering career for Goffs France in Saint Cloud as well as Agence Francaise in Deauville (Note: Both companies have now merged as Arqana). From 1999 to 2007, Louis was the only auctioneer for the leading show jumping sales in Europe, NASH. Louis' dynamism at the rostrum led to an opportunity in Abu Dhabi auctioneering for the Emirates Arabian Horse Society in September 2005, 2006 and 2007.

"My time as an auctioneer has been an excellent learning curve in bloodstock valuation".