Haras du Quesnay

First Winner For Recoletos

Haras du Quesnay's first-season sire Recoletos (Fr) (by Whipper) is off the mark after his daughter Markswoman (Fr) captured the opener at Compiegne on Tuesday. Fifth over 6 1/2 furlongs on debut at Craon June 13, the 23-5 shot was restrained early to race in rear. Cajoled into contention in early straight, she needed a remainder to overhaul Anoline (Fr) (Anodin {Ire}) and responded to head that rival inside the last 100 metres for a 3/4-of-a-length success. She is the last known foal out of the dam, a relative of...

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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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Alec Head, Patriarch of French Racing, Dies at 97

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...

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Haras du Quesnay Announces 2022 Fees

Group 1 winner and sire Intello (Ger) (Galileo {Ire}) leads the four-strong roster at Haras du Quesnay in France next year, Jour de Galop reported on Wednesday. A winner of the G1 Prix du Jockey Club, the bay has sired six black-type winners in 2021 and stands for €8,000. He is joined by G1 Derby winner Motivator (GB) (Montjeu {Ire}), who has been priced at €7,000. Dual Group 1 winner Recoletos (Fr) (Whipper),whose first foals are yearlings, will stand for €4,000, and the roster is rounded out by first-season sire...

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Intello Leads Quesnay Roster

Intello (Ger), sire of four group race winners this year, leads the 2021 roster at Haras du Quesnay and will stand for €10,000. The G1 Prix du Jockey winner's 2020 highlights include G3 Sovereign S. winner Regal Reality (GB), G3 Prix la Force scorer Pao Alto (Fr), Group 3-winning 2-year-old Noble Heidi (Fr) and Australian Group 3 victor Young Rascal (Fr). A pair of proven sires will be available for €7,000 at Quesnay: Derby winner Motivator (GB), who is the sire of dual G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner...

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The Weekly Wrap: More Joy For Cox And McCartan

It was 11 years ago that Xtension (Ire) (Xaar {GB}) became only the second group winner for his trainer Clive Cox when landing the G2 Veuve Clicquot Vintage S. under Adam Kirby. In the intervening years, Cox and Kirby have become a force to be reckoned with, particularly in the major sprint contests and often with horses bought relatively inexpensively by the trainer. Xtension was himself a €15,000 yearling purchase from his breeder Paul McCartan of Ballyphilip Stud, and he was later sold on as a 3-year-old to race in...

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Intello's Pao Alto Takes the Force

Serving notice that he was above average when winning the Listed Grand Criterium de Bordeaux in October, the Wertheimers' Pao Alto (Fr) (Intello {Ger}) boosted his stock when powering to an authoritative success in Thursday's G3 Prix la Force at ParisLongchamp. Settled fourth early by Maxime Guyon, the 12-5 favourite rushed to the front passing the two-furlong pole en route to a comfortable 1 1/2-length success from TDN Rising Star Ocean Atlantique (American Pharoah), with Chachnak (Fr) (Kingman {GB}) three lengths away in third. "He was ready for this--he had...

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Sunny Atmosphere During La Route des Etalons

Melting frost drips uniformly from the thatch at Haras de la Huderie. The January sun is a penetrating golden disc above the historic timbers of Haras du Quesnay. A broodmare rolls in one of Haras de Colleville's open green spaces. Normandy's tree-lined lanes bask in the generous light. Haras de Bonneval's undulating pastures grace the eye, picture perfect. It is La Route des Etalons once again in all its glory, blessed by a rare weekend-long respite from winter's most ruinous elements. The centrepiece of it, the stallion himself, struts his...

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Recoletos Sires First Foal

MG1SW Recoletos (Fr) (Whipper) sired his first foal, a filly, at Haras de Saint Isidro on Wednesday, Haras de Quesnay announced via Twitter. Bred by Dario Hinojosa's Darpat France, who also bred and raced Recoletos, the filly is out of Next Life (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) and was one of a dozen mares sent by Hinojosa to support his young stallion. Next Life is out of G2 Ribblesdale S. heroine Silkwood (GB) (Singspiel {Ire}).

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