France Galop

France Galop To Donate €350,000 A Year To Retired Racehorse Aftercare

France Galop, the governing body of flat track and steeplechase horse racing in France, has committed €350,000 a year to support Au-Dela Des Pistes [Beyond the Tracks] and the French League for the Protection of the Horse (LFPC). Au-Dela Des Pistes (ADDP) is an industry-led initiative dedicated to the retraining of racehorses that was founded in 2016. […]

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Equine Flu Outbreak Reported At Training Yard In France

France Galop announced Monday an outbreak of equine flu in an area that’s part of the Chantilly training center. The organization has not released the trainer’s identity nor the number of horses that might be affected. Since an equine flu outbreak in Britain led to the shutdown of British racing for almost a week, France […]

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France Galop Shifts Final Meetings From ParisLongchamp Due To ‘Ground Maintenance’

The International Racing Bureau  reports that France Galop is moving the final three scheduled meetings at ParisLongchamp to Chantilly and Saint-Cloud due to ground maintenance. The Oct. 21 meeting will now be moved to Chantilly which includes the Group 2 Prix Du Conseil De Paris and three listed stakes, the Prix De Saint-Cyr, Prix Casimir […]

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Reinvented Longchamp Enters A Brave New World

The long-awaited official opening of the new Longchamp, rebranded in the best marketing sense as ParisLongchamp to remind Parisians that the world’s most elegant racecourse is, indeed, just a few miles from the center of the French capital, went off with only a few hitches on Sunday afternoon as local racegoers and invited guests braved […]

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Protest Forces Cancellation Of Saint-Cloud Card, Including Two Group One Races

Racing at Saint-Cloud on Sunday was abandoned following a protest by a group representing trainers, owners and breeders. Protesters blocked access from the pre-parade ring to the paddock, eventually forcing officials to call off the meeting after just one race. They were demonstrating against a planned cut in premiums that will affect in particular French-bred […]

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IFHA Chairman Louis Romanet Joins WHOA

The following statement was released by the Water, Hay Oats Alliance from their newest member Louis Romanet, Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities: “I am pleased to see the reintroduction of the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017, which will bring the United States closer to international standards of doping control rules, in-competition and […]

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France: Employee Strike Forces Auteuil To Cancel Opening Day Of Meet

Auteuil Race Course in Paris was forced to cancel the first day of its 2017 season after racecourse employees protested and refused to work. According to a report in the Racing Post, track officials were unable to reach an agreement with the striking workers and union representatives. The employees gathered and picketed in the parade ring, leading […]

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Head-Maarek: Building Business In French Racing A Tall Order

As U.S. racing struggles to bring in younger fans, boost wagering, and improve rule uniformity, French trainer Criquette Head-Maarek says the European racing industry is facing similar issues. Speaking from her base at Chantilly, Head-Maarek said the French industry is in a dark period she hopes is just part of the cyclic nature of the […]

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Lifestyle Marketing May Be The Best Way To Attract New Owners

According to a recent survey in Ireland, owners value the lifestyle and experience of attending the races over profit and prize money. Horse Racing Ireland CEO Brian Kavanagh presented figures on owner motivation as part of the recent International Federation of Horseracing Authorities conference in Paris. Additional speakers on the topic included Olivier Delloye, director […]

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Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: Surprises And Sidetrips

American-born trainer Gina Rarick (writing as Backside) and racing journalist Alan Shuback (Frontside) are bringing a unique behind the scenes look each week from France’s Hippodrome de la Cote d’Azur, a multi-purpose track that offers Thoroughbred racing during a six-week winter meet in the city of Cagnes-sur-Mer along the French Riviera. The first installment of […]

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