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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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Olivier Delloye New Managing Director Of France Galop

Eric Hoyeau, President of ARQANA, commented as follows on the appointment of Olivier Delloye to the role of Managing Director of France Galop. “The appointment of Olivier at the head of France Galop is fantastic news for French racing. He has all the qualities necessary to orchestrate the modernisation plan announced by Edouard to Rothschild […]

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Purse Increased for Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Officials announced April 28 that the purse for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), Europe’s top race, has been increased to €5 million ($6,926,248 US) for the 2014 edition. The purse increase marks a 4.2 percent increase from the previous purse, €4.8 million, according to a report in the Blood-Horse. The Qatar Racing […]

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Video: ‘Greatest Horse Race in the World’ Captures Excitement of the Arc

One of the greatest days of racing will take place in less than three weeks when Longchamp Racecourse hosts seven Group 1 races, culminating with the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Each year, France Galop releases a promotional video for the event and the great weekend of racing. Enjoy!

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Frankie Goes to France: Dettori Hopes Additional Tests Will Clear Him to Ride

Frankie Dettori has decided to meet with France Galop officials to see if he can help hurry things along so he can resume riding in time for the Investec Derby next weekend. Dettori had planned to begin riding again on May 20, but British racing authorities would not allow him to ride since France hadn’t […]

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Flying Dismount Meets Landing Gear: Dettori’s Return Delayed

Frankie Dettori’s return from a six-month ban for a positive drug test has been delayed by French racing officials. Dettori had planned to return to riding at Leicester, England on Monday, but British officials were informed by France Galop that they cannot sanction Dettori as fit to ride until he has met with its Medical […]

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French Racing Just Got Crowded: Industry Launches Generation Galop

A handful of owners and breeders banded together last month to launch Generation Galop, a new French racing association headed by Lady Chrys O’Reilly and Herve Morin. Generation Galop currently has around 80 members who united to push more more breeder incentives, racing schedules, and owner initiatives to develop racehorse ownership in the country. Leaders […]

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