Tuesday, 29 April 2014


   Treve trained by Team Christiane (Criquette) Head-Maarek

"Considered to be the leading female racehorse trainer in the world. "


Criquette Head-Maarek

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Christiane "Criquette" Head (born 6 November 1948 at Marly-le-Roi, near Maisons-Laffitte, France) is considered to be the leading female racehorse trainer in the world.
Known as Criquette, she was born into the Thoroughbred horse racing business. Her great grandfather was a jockey-turned-trainer as was her grandfather William Head who was a very successful jockey, trainer, and owner in both flat racing and steeplechase events. Her father, Alec Head, became a successful trainer and breeder and the owner of Haras du Quesnay near Deauville. The eldest of three daughters, her brother Freddy Head was the champion jockey six times in France who now trains horses, and sister Martine oversees the operations at Haras du Quesnay.

BBC Sport - Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe: Treve beats favourite Orfevre   
6 Oct 2013 ... French racing's number one family, the Heads, have enjoyed many fine days, ... Dettori misses Arc & out for season 02 Oct 2013 Horse Racing ...

Arc De Triomphe Betting 2013 | Odds Runners And Tips 
Arc De Triomphe 2013 Betting Guide - Treve Claims Stunning Arc Success! ... The Arc De Triomphe Odds for the 2014 race are already live and Treve will be ... Bets are taken from over 44 foreign countries with the French version of the tote.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014



Nicholas Godfrey samples Randwick's new Championships series, which despite a soggy start is embraced by a willing crowd.

"A TOUCH overhyped it may be but in the end,  despite abysmal weather and a deficiency of

 overseas horses, Australia's richest race day is a success. Not an unqualified success, it must be admitted, but a success nonetheless as Royal Randwick witnesses the dawning of a new era with day one of The Championships, a cash- laden attempt to showcase  Sydney's racing to a global audience.

"If caricature stereotypes about the denizens of this spectacular city are blatantly inaccurate -they don't all hate the English and they aren't all boorish yahoo's - then one particular cliche still rings resoundingly true. What will always remain is an intense rivalry with those snobbish, toffee-nosed Melbournians'.

"Such antipathy clearly extends to the racing world, where they can't even bear to race in the same direction: they go from left to right  in Melbourne , right to left in Sydney.  Domestically speaking, the home of Tommy Smith and his daughter Gai Waterhouse used to be able to claim approaching parity; abroad, though, it has always been a different story, with the Melbourne Cup and it's attendant spring carnival registering in Richter-scale proportions on the international scene.

"In contrast, Sydney's autumn carnival barely rates a mention. Something, clearly, had to be done- and hey presto, Racing NSW  launched the Championships, two Saturdays of top-class racing as historic Randwick featuring eight Group 1s and a total of  A$18.2 million (about 10m) in prize-money, backed by the full support of the state government.

"Yet they don't get a fairytale start on the first Saturday, which features four Group 1's headed by the time-honoured Doncaster Mile- now the worlds richest mile-and the TJ Smith Stakes thereby rendering the nation's senior Classic, the Australian Derby, as almost a third-level attraction.