French racing legend Freddy Head retires from training at the end of the year | horse racing news

Alan Crowhurst

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Freddy Head: Retiring at the end of the season

Alan Crowhurst

By Scott Burton, France correspondent

Freddy Head, one of the select teams of champion jockeys who have had real success in training, will hand over his license at the end of the year.

Head, who led Misk to the multi-champion and led Goldikova’s record-breaking career, announced the decision to step back after celebrating his 75th birthday in June.

Head said Sunday morning, “Age is catching up with all of us and I’ve been working since I was 16. It’s time to enjoy other things. I always felt like 75 was the time to stop and be happy. I never wanted to get past the point where I felt bitter, that was It would be terrible.

“You need some luck and I have been very fortunate to train some very good horses. It was so much fun because when I was a jockey I always wanted to train.

“When I was riding I was always a bit critical of the coaches and wanted to know if I was right. I rode a lot of good people so I wanted to see if I could take different things I learned from them and put it together. For me. That was the best thing about being a coach” .

The president has enjoyed an impressive career in the saddle and has won the French title six times, which is no feat as his career has largely coincided with that of record-breaking Yves Saint-Martin.

His most famous tie in the saddle was with Miesque, who completed the Newmarket and Longchamp Guinea double and scored back-to-back wins at the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 1997 and 1998.

Head also won the Arc de Triomphe with Bon Mot (1966), San San (1972), Evanjica (1976), and Three Troikas (1979).

He began training from his yard at Chantilly’s Avenue du General Leclerc in 1997 and won his first set with Marchand D’Or at the 2006 Prix Maurice de Gheest, a race he would have built himself.

Edward Whitaker

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Marchand d’Or has won the Maurice de Guest Award in three consecutive years, a feat repeated by the head coach Moonlight Cloud, which demonstrated its versatility in 2013 by landing the Deauville Sprint Tournament and then the Jacques Le Marois Award just seven days later. .

Many of Head’s best horses have raced in the colors of Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, including Solow, who worked his way through the 2015 season when he won five straight sets of Group One between Dubai Turf in March and QEII Stakes at Ascot in October.

Goldikova has also carried the iconic blue and white Wertheimer silk, her 14th collection in first collection over five seasons still being a European record among theatrical performers.

She became the first horse to win the same Breeders Cup race three times when it landed on the Mile in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Edward Whitaker

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Freddy Head (left) and Olivier Beslier celebrate Goldikova’s victory at the 2009 Meladers Cup

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The trainer said: “Goldikova was an extraordinary mare, but I have very fond memories of Marchand Dor, who was my first hero. He had a lot of problems but a lot of quality.

“I don’t know why they all went on with their careers. I suppose first they must be very good – you can’t do that with any old horse – and then you have to love them.”

Head became the first person to ride and coach the Breeders’ Cup winner, a feat that Joseph O’Brien has since matched.

His kids will keep his interest in racing. His son Christopher has beaten a pair of juvenile-winning squads in recent weeks, while his daughter Victoria got her coaching license at the start of the year.

“Seeing what Christopher and Victoria are doing is amazing and a huge bonus to me. The head name will live on.”

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