French racing

France: Controversial Weight Allowance For Female Jockeys Proving To Be Successful

In March, France-Galop introduced a 2 kg (4 lb 6.5 oz) weight allowance for female jockeys. The decision, which drew fire from racing industry participants from both sides of the pond, was put into place for all races conducted on the flat and over jumps, but does not include Listed or Group stakes. Just over two […]

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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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Champion French Jockey Thierry Jarnet Set To Retire

Champion French jockey Thierry Jarnet, who piloted the talented Treve to consecutive victories in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2013-2014, has announced that he is retiring, effectively immediately. The Racing Post reports that Jarnet, who will turn 50 in March, said that a problem with one of his knees had become too much to allow him to continue riding. […]

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Krone: French Weight Allowance For Female Jockeys A ‘Backhanded Insult’

France Galop’s announcement last week that it would be introducing a 2 kg (4 lbs.) weight allowance for female jockeys beginning in March has drawn a wide array of responses from racing industry personalities from around the globe. One such individual was U.S. Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone, who was interviewed recently by the Racing Post. When […]

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Multiple Group 1 Winner Solow Back In Training, Targeting Royal Ascot Return

Solow is back in light training ahead of a possible bid to reclaim his Queen Anne Stakes crown – but will not run on Meydan’s Dubai World Cup night at the end of next month. The Freddy Head-trained grey won at Meydan two years ago en route to recording three memorable triumphs in the QIPCO […]

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Weighty Issue: Female Jockeys In France To Receive Weight Allowance

France Galop is set to introduce a 2 kg (4 lb 6.5 oz) weight allowance for female jockeys for races conducted both on the flat and over jumps. The new rule will go into effect in March. According to the Racing Post, the allowance will cover the majority of races held, but would exclude all Listed and Group stakes. […]

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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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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Head-Maarek Relishes Simplicity, Family History

Morning broke quietly at Chantilly two days before the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. At trainer Criquette Head-Maarek’s yard at the Les Aigles section of the facility, there was nothing but the sound of a distant crow, a jaunty tune whistled by an exercise rider, and Head-Maarek’s occasional, calm instruction, switching between English […]

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Running Of The Arc But One Page In Chantilly’s Horsey History

This weekend’s 95th running of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe left the confines of Paris at Longchamp for the first time on Sunday, venturing into the wooded outskirts of the city to Chantilly. There really isn’t a comparable site in the States, as the small town houses both a racetrack home to the French […]

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