Born in France, Vautour was bred by Haras de Saint Voir and Patrick Joubert. The performances of dam Gazelle De Mai weren’t much to go by, but sire Robin Des Champs certainly made a name for himself in French jump racing, taking four wins and a place from his five notable French race meetings including the Prix Rush, the Prix Champaubert, the Prix Go Ahead, the Prix Stanley, and the Prix Aguado.
A bright start saw three-year-old Vautour finishing second in the Prix Jean D’Ariste and the Prix Ventriloque, leading to Rich Ricci and Susannah Ricci buying him and sending him to Ireland, where he was trained by Willie Mullins. Holding two reputable records in both chases and hurdles presented Vautour’s immense quality, but he unfortunately died at Willie Mullins stable in 2016 after mysteriously breaking his leg in one of the paddocks. It was a massive shame for horse racing, especially as it meant that we would never be able to see Vautour win the Cheltenham Gold Cup, which Willie Mullins was steadily preparing him for up until his untimely death.