DEAUVILLE RACECOURSE in France recently hosted the fourth edition of Au-Dela Des Pistes’ Retrained Racehorse Day. The event was organised in partnership with France Galop and opened with the Parade of Champions where some of the world’s top former racehorses trooped in, much to the delight of the fans that had come to pay their tributes. Former champions such as Godolphin’s African Story and Prince Bishop, winners of the Dubai World Cup in 2014 and 2015, Kasbah Bliss, the winner of the 2011 Prix du Cadran as well as many other Group races both on the Flat and over jumps, Marchand D’Or, the ‘King of Deauville’ for trainer Freddy Head after winning the Prix Maurice de Gheest three times between 2006 and 2008, Cirrus Des Aigles, as well as the recently retired 2016 Arc Prix Maurice de Gheest winner Signs Of Blessing, who was greeted by his trainer François Rohaut and jockey Stephane Pasquier in the parade ring.
Jockey Maxime Guyon was also keen to see his old friend, multiple Group One winner Solow who won the Dubai Turf at Meydan in 2015, the first of five consecutive top flight victories. The parade was followed by a dressage and showjumping demonstration featuring international event rider Clara Loiseau and her mare Ultramaille. Aliette Forien, president of the association Au-Delà Des Pistes, said: “This fourth edition has upheld all its promises. We had excellent demonstrations that have once again shown the infinite potential of retraining racehorses for all types of disciplines. “It is also interesting to see, through the public visits to the boxes that we organised, that many people, neophytes or not, were pleasantly surprised to see the future of these horses, whether they excelled on the racetracks or not. “They are happy to understand that something is being put in place, or at least possible, for racehorses arriving at the end of their careers. Some of them have started coming to the races following the first Retrained Racehorse Day that we organised three years ago. “This is very encouraging for our industry. We warmly thank all those involved who once again contributed to the success of this event.”