Alec Head, Patriarch of French Racing, Dies at 97

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Alec Head | Scoop Dyga

Alec Head, the legendary breeder, former jockey and trainer, and scion of one of the most notable dynasties in French racing, has died at the age of 97. 

The owner of the esteemed Haras du Quesnay in Normandy, Head's father and grandfather were also both trainers and jockeys, and his children Christiane (Criquette) and Freddy, as well as grandson Christopher, all followed the family tradition into the training ranks in France.

Of the many top horses associated with the Head family and Haras du Quesnay, the most recent major star was the dual Arc heroine Treve (Fr) (Motivator {GB}), who was initially trained for her parents by Criquette Head before the filly's sale to Al Shaqab Racing. 

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