France Galop

France Galop Partners With HBA Media in Media-Rights Agreement

France Galop has agreed to a four-year deal with HBA Media to distribute its entire international racing portfolio-the French Flat horse racing calendar--the company announced on Wednesday. HBA Media will ensure global broadcast and multi-platform distribution for the G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and an additional 26 Group 1 and Group 2 race days. Henry Birtles, Chief Executive of HBA Media, said, "HBA Media is delighted to enter this exciting partnership with France Galop. "Over the past few years, our vision at HBA Media has been focused on...

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Vermeulen's Appeal Denied, Ban Goes Into Effect

Trainer Fabrice Vermeulen's appeal was denied by a judge in the administrative court of Amiens and his six-month suspension began on Thursday, the Jour de Galop reported on Friday evening. The trainer was attempting to deny the decision of the France Galop appeals committee, who handed down a six-month ban for alleged ownership record falsifications. As a result, Vermeulen's six-month suspension, of which three months was suspended for five years, started on Thursday, Apr. 28 and will last through Thursday, July 28, 2022. Final declarations from Vermeulen's yard will be...

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Racing Cancelled At Auteuil Due To Wage Dispute

Jumps racing at Auteuil Racecourse in France was cancelled on Sunday due to an industrial dispute between France Galop employees and trade union members. The eight-race card included a listed race and a pair of Grade 2 races. The disagreement led to a demonstration in the parade ring. Although an emergency meeting was called to resolve the issue, a resolution was not reached and later talks between the two parties were also unsuccessful. After these efforts failed, the meeting was abandoned. "It's very frustrating for me and for everybody, a...

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Boudot Ban Extended

Former French champion jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot, who was last May charged with the rape of a female work rider, has had a riding ban from France Galop extended a further six months. Boudot, who is currently under judicial supervision, was initially banned from May 12 to Aug. 13 last year, with than ban extended until Feb. 16. In a statement, France Galop stressed that the ban could be lifted before its term or renewed depending upon elements brought to the attention of stewards. It also noted that Boudot has voluntarily...

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Vermeulen Will Appeal Six-Month Ban

Trainer Fabrice Vermeulen, who was banned for six months by France Galop for alleged ownership record falsifications for a dozen horses in his care, has opted to appeal the decision, the Jour de Galop reported on Thursday. Half of the sentence was suspended for five years. "I am appealing the decisions because I don't understand them, quite simply...I think it's just [a] misunderstanding," Vermeulen said. Vermeulen's assistant Jeremy Para who was banned for a year with six months suspended, has not appealed as of Thursday evening. Para's company, SAS Le...

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Vermeulen Banned Six Months By France Galop For Allegedly Falsifying Ownership Records

Trainer Fabrice Vermeulen, who sits in second in the 2022 French trainers' premiership, has been suspended for six months by France Galop due to alleged ownership record falsifications for 12 horses in his care, the Jour de Galop reported on Wednesday. Approximately half of the sentence will be suspended for five years. An investigation was started after Vermeulen claimed unpaid training fees from one of his owners, Laetitia Louis. The majority of the record-keeping issues are related to the involvement of SAS Le Marais, which is registered to Vermeulen's assistant...

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France Galop, QREC Extend Partnership

France Galop and the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club have extended their sponsorship agreement for Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe weekend for a further five years through 2027. The partnership, which has been in place since 2008, now encompasses a weekend including 12 Group 1 races for Thoroughbreds and Purebred Arabians and €10-million in prizemoney. The €5-million G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was on Tuesday named the Longines World's Best Horse Race of 2021; it was its fifth time receiving that honour. The France Galop and QREC...

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French Prizemoney Increase For 2022

Prizemoney in France is set to rise to €278-million next year, returning to the equivalent levels of 2017. The proposed increase means that prizemoney will be up €20-million (7.75%) from 2019, and €30-million (+12%) from 2021. The increase can be attributed to a growth in PMU net contribution to €820-million--the first time since 2015 that its contribution has risen above €800-million, and up €60-million on 2019--thanks to a growth in betting turnover, sustained international expansion and a drop in PMU expenditures, as well as France Galop's rebounding commercial revenue. France...

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Boudot Banned Six More Months

French champion jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot has had a three-month ban by France Galop stewards extended a further six months as he faces rape charges. Boudot, 28, was charged on May 12 for the Feb. 27 rape of a 25-year-old female work rider in Cagnes-sur-Mer. Also implicated is fellow jockey Pierre Bazire, who was charged in May with failing to prevent and report a crime. Bazire's suspension has likewise been extended six more months. Boudot, whose legal team has denied the allegations, had been previously accused of rape in 2018, but...

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TfRI and France Galop Support Cheval Esperance

Together for Racing International (TfRI) and France Galop have joined forces to support Cheval Esperance, an association to give those either socially or physically disadvantaged the opportunity to develop skills and confidence through equine therapy. France Galop has donated a race during its popular Deauville meeting to the cause, with the goal of raising €20,000. Targeting people in the Normandy region of Rouen, Cheval Esperance was set up 15 years ago by Sabine and Laurent Bidault, who himself has a neurodegenerative disease. There are more than 200 riders each week...

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Border Issues Rule French Out Of Racing League

Issues surrounding COVID-19 and Brexit have ruled French trainers Philippe Decouz and Edouard Monfort out of the inaugural Racing League competition. The two trainers were due to comprise one of the 12 teams taking part in the six-meeting fixture starting at Newcastle on July 29. Four Newmarket trainers--George Boughey, James Ferguson, William Knight and Stuart Williams--will instead form a replacement side, with jockeys Nicola Currie, Marco Ghiani and Daniel Muscutt their appointed riders. Olivier Delloye, chief executive officer of France Galop, said, "France Galop is disappointed that Covid and Brexit...

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Haras d'Etreham Sponsors Prix Jean Prat

The G1 Prix Jean Prat will now be sponsored by Haras d'Etreham after a partnership between the historic stud farm and France Galop was announced on Wednesday. The 2021 edition of the 1400-metre race at Deauville will be held on July 11. "We have been looking for several years to sponsor a high-level Flat race and are really delighted to be able to partner with the Prix Jean Prat, the only Group 1 over the 1400-metre distance exclusively reserved for 3-year-olds in Europe," said Haras d'Etreham Managing Director Nicolas de...

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