The racing world is in mourning. One of the greatest figures in French galloping has passed away at the age of 97. For him, a great page in horse racing is turned. More than just a name, this charismatic and respected man left his mark on the history of French racing in the 20th century.
Alec Head has shined on all fronts: breeding, training, trading … His great career has covered the special successes of the equestrian profession: jockey, trainer, breeder. Owner of several legendary stallions, including Anabaa, its influence on purebred genetics remains indisputable. Considered the greatest breeder of the century, Ceasefire would remain his final “masterpiece,” the fruit of the wise and seasoned skirmishes of this particular connoisseur.
Champion Ceasefire (double winner of Arc de Triomphe Award 2013-2014) bow at Alec Head
A life dedicated to his greatest passion, the horse
This great professional has a passion for horses that will never leave him. Son of a great racer William Headhe was born in August 1924. Races are a matter of family and young people Alec won’t be long in borrowing the family pattern that will push him to a predetermined fate. He won his first race in 1941, at dawn of his seventeenth birthday. One bad fall would cut off a jockey’s career. Married to the daughter of a Belgian coach, Ghislaine Van de Poelehe started in 1947 as a coach, where his son, freddiehistorical rival of the golden crop Yves Saint-Martinand his daughter, Christiane, known as “Criquette,” will also shine.
An exceptional success
family life the head created only from the stories of the great flat horses. Talent Alec Head it doesn’t take long to get noticed through the obstacles and then on the plane. His success is dazzling. He received the trust of Peter Wertheimer with whom he will spend most of his professional life. In 1953, he became the family’s personal trainer Aga-Khan while continuing to take care of the benefits Wertheimer. This new partnership begins with the purchase of Nuccio. The following year, at the age of 28, he won with this new award, his first The price of the Arc de Triomphe and will hold the record as the youngest coach to win the Arc before the arrival of Nicholas Clement in 1990.
Alec Head He is trained at the highest level in the world and with the success we know him, he has repeatedly topped the list of coaches. Man with four Supply price have also scored several international wins (28 European classics) including Derby Epsom 1956 with lavenderone of the winners in the UK and Ireland.
1979: the symbolic year for the First Dynasty
The year 1979 was particularly iconic in Alec’s eyes. This year Three Troikas win The price of the Arc de Triomphe. Owned by his wife, trained by his daughter Cricket headand is ridden by his son Freddy HeadThis family’s victory embodies the exceptional success of the dynasty the head.
Three Troikaswinner Arc de Triomphe Award 1979
Haras du Quesnay, the cradle of family farming
Bought by his father in 1958, Alec has made this place one of the most prestigious French stud farms by welcoming the greatest breeders including Anabaa. Ownership of Sheikh Maktoum al MaktoumThe pony had a dog disease (paralysis) and was saved by Alec Head . As a sign of gratitude, the rich owner gave it to him. Become the most sought after stallion, Anabaa who passed away in 2009 especially the superstar’s father Goldikova . A true introduction to French livestock and the birthplace of many champions (Bering, Detroit, zelzal…) the Quesnay quickly acquired an unmatched international reputation.
Of the Recently in Beringpassing the final peak of his career represented by exceptional CeasefireHis name and career will forever be etched in the history of horse racing.
To his wife Ghislaine, his children and grandchildren, the entire editorial staff ofEquidia Its most sincere condolences.