Freddy Head

Freddy Head To Retire At The End Of 2022

French trainer Freddy Head will retire from training at the end of the year, Jour de Galop reported on Saturday. Best known during his training years as the trainer of the 14-time Group 1 winner Goldikova (Ire) (Anabaa), Head also celebrated top-level success with Marchand d'Or (Fr) (Marchand De Sable), Tamayuz (GB) (Nayef), and Moonlight Cloud (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), among others. He was also the first person to ever win a Breeders' Cup race as a jockey and a trainer, aboard Miesque (Kingmambo) in the 1987/88 GI Breeders' Cup...

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Alec Head: Farewell to the Most Remarkable of Horsemen

Few people genuinely deserve to be described as a legend in their own lifetime. Lester Piggott was one, while Alec Head, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 97, was another. One of the greatest names in the world of both training and breeding, Alec Head was also a very accomplished jockey in his youth and, coming from a great racing family, he passed on his skills to the subsequent generations, to the extent that one could say that the influence of his family will live forever. As their...

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Head Gives Update on Stable Stars

Exciting filly Khayzaraan (GB) (Kingman {GB}) could reappear at ParisLongchamp on May 11 if racing in France gets the go-ahead to resume on that date. France Galop announced on Wednesday evening that plans were in place for a resumption of the sport behind closed doors next month, subject to the necessary Government clearance. Should that be the case, Freddy Head has the option of taking in the G3 Prix de la Grotte with the Sheikh Hamdan-owned daughter of Kingman, before hopefully heading back to Paris for the G1 Poule d'Essai...

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Another Sky on Derby Trajectory

Trainer Freddy Head will prepare George Strawbridge's Another Sky (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) for the Prix du Jockey Club after the colt made an impressive debut at Chantilly to become the newest 'TDN Rising Star.' The half-brother to 2016 G1 French Derby and G1 Champion S. winner Almanzor (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) delighted the trainer, as he made most of the running and coasted home by 4 1/2 lengths, despite being eased down in the closing stages of the 1800-metre event over the all-weather track at Chantilly. Head revealed it...

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Half To Almanzor Debuts At Chantilly

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Today's Observations features a half-brother to champion 3-year-old Almanzor. 2.25 Chantilly, Debutantes, €25,000, 3yo, c/g, 9 1/2f (AWT) ANOTHER SKY (FR) (Le Havre {Ire}) is an intriguing newcomer on the card which sees the Dubai World Cup trials as a half-brother to the G1 Prix du Jockey Club and...

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Frankel Exacta In The Longines Turf Cup

The international favourites may have been humbled by locally trained runners in the first two turf contests on the $29-million Saudi Cup card at King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh on Saturday, but European-trained runners powered back to fill the trifecta in the featured grass race, the $2.5-million Longines Turf Cup, with George Strawbridge's French-trained homebred Call The Wind (GB) (Frankel {GB}) leading home the British-based Mekong (GB) (Frankel {GB}) and Prince of Arran (GB) (Shirocco {Ger}) in the 3000 metre contest. Call The Wind's trainer Freddy Head had earlier in...

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Head Answering Saudi Call

In the annals of the international turf, the story of Freddy Head must feature among the most remarkable. He recorded a rare enough feat when winning back-to-back GI Breeders' Cup Miles aboard Miesque (Nureyev) in 1987 and 1988-she was the first horse to win twice at America's premier international meeting-but Head outdid even his own historic accomplishment when, as a trainer, he sent out the Wertheimers' Goldikova (Ire) (Anabaa) from his Chantilly base to win that same race in 2008, 2009 and 2010-she remains the only horse to win three...

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Cross Counter Draws Rail In Saudi

Godolphin's Cross Counter (GB) (Teofilo {Ire}) will break from the rail in his attempt to add yet another rich international prize to his roll of honor in Saturday's $2.5-million Longines Turf H. at Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh. The 3000 metre event is the richest of the three turf contests on the Saudi Cup card. Cross Counter has over £3.5-million in the bank and looks to build on his victories in the 2018 G1 Melbourne Cup and 2019 G2 Dubai Gold Cup while making his first start since...

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