French racing

Dual Derby Winner Harzand Among 19 Possibles For Sunday’s Prix De l’Arc De Triomphe

Dual Derby winner Harzand is among 19 runners remaining at the confirmation stage on Tuesday morning, for Sunday’s G1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the Sporting Life reports. Harzand, winner of the G1 Investec Derby and G1 Irish Derby, will attempt to provide trainer Dermot Weld with his first victory in the Arc. Harzand will go […]

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Chantilly Likely To Host Arc Once Again In 2017

Chantilly Racecourse, which will host the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for the first time on Oct. 2, will likely be the venue for the 2017 edition as well after French racing officials determined that the timetable for completing construction at Longchamp would be too tight. The Racing Post reports that officials with France Galop have agreed that the Arc […]

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‘I Think It’s Because I’m A Woman’: Head-Maarek Claims Gender Bias Reason Behind Split With Al Shaqab

Top international trainer Criquette Head-Maarek believes gender bias is the reason Al Shaqab Racing removed its horses from her care recently. The Racing Post reports that Head-Maarek, who had great success with Al Shaqab’s Treve, no longer will be training any of Sheikh Joaan’s horses. “I didn’t have many of theirs, two two-year-olds and a three-year-old,” Head-Maarek said in […]

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Leading French Sire Dalakhani Pensioned From Stud Duties

The Aga Khan Studs have announced the retirement of Dalakhani, at the age of 16, from covering duties. The winner of four Group 1 races including the Prix du Jockey Club and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe during his illustrious racing career, Dalakhani stood at Gilltown Stud in Ireland from 2004 until joining the Haras […]

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2014 Travers Winner V.E. Day Finishes Third In French Debut

Magalen O. Bryant’s V.E. Day, who captured the Grade 1 Travers Stakes in 2014, finished third in his French racing debut July 7. It was the first start of the year for the 5-year-old son of English Channel, who is now trained by Andre Fabre. V.E. Day was one of nine runners in a 10-furlong […]

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Jockey William Buick Handed 30-Day Suspension By French Stewards

William Buick has been handed a 30-day ban by the Chantilly stewards after an incident in the Group 1 Prix de Diane. Buick, on Highlands Queen, was adjudged to have caused the fall of Pierre-Charles Boudet’s mount Armande. He was subsequently disqualified from his ninth-placed finish and put last. During the inquiry, the stewards banned […]

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Globetrotting Group 1 Winner Cirrus Des Aigles Retired From Racing

International racing star Cirrus Des Aigles, who captured Group 1 races in France, England, and Dubai, has been retired from racing at age 10. The Racing Post reports that trainer Corine Barande-Barbe felt the gelding was not fully extending himself during works, and had him examined by veterinarians. According to the Post, Cirrus Des Aigles “was found to have calcification […]

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Solow Returns A Winner In Prix Montjeu At Chantilly

Solow overcame a troubled trip to win the Prix Montjeu by 1 1/2 lengths at Chantilly Thursday. The one-mile conditions race marked the seasonal debut for the 6-year-old gelding by Singspiel, who won this race last year before going on to capture the Group 1 Dubai Turf at Meydan. Solow now has won ten straight races, and improved […]

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Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: Time To Head Home

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 the […]

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Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: When The Bad Luck Flows

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 the […]

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