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RACEDAY DEDICATED TO THE RETRAINING OF RACEHORSES TO BE HELD AT CHANTILLY RACECOURSE ON SUNDAY, 9 JULY

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Au-Delà des  Pistes,  in partnership  with France  Galop and Chantilly racecourse, is  delighted   to announce their  second Retrained Racehorse Day,  to be held on 9 July. Chantilly racecourse will host the event and they have generously offered free entry to all racegoers for the day.

Alongside  an excellent programme  of racing, which includes the G1 Prix Jean  Prat and a feature handicap,  ex-racehorses will perform  a variety  of equestrian disciplines in front of the stands on the racetrack.   Furthermore  all non-Group races  on the programme will be renamed  in honour of the retraining of racehorses.

Racegoers will have the opportunity to witness demonstrations  of polo, show-jumping  and dressage. SLEEPING  FRANÇOIS , ridden by his owner Solène Hudbert,  will perform  a demonstration   of show-jumping. From the family of dual Grand Steeple-Chase de  Paris-winner   Milord Thomas, Sleeping Francois didn’t show  the same talent  as his close relative on the track, having been unplaced in three starts when  trained  by Dominique Bressou. However   he has been successfully retrained  and regularly wins prizes in the Amateur 1 category on the show-jumping  circuit.

He will be accompanied  for the 9 July demonstration  by FORTEZZO .  Formerly trained by Pia Brandt before moving to Jean-Paul Gallorini, Fortezzo scored five times in minor company on the flat, for leading owner Gérard Augustin-Normand.   Now under the care of Sophie Perouelle, well-known  in Chantilly in her role as Head  of Professional Relations at the AFASEC (the French racing school for jockeys  and stable-staff),  the pair have just  been crowned  Regional  Champions  in the Amateur 2 category.

Polo ponies from  the locally  based Chantilly Polo Club (one of the largest clubs in Europe, and host to European and World Championships) will also be performing  in front of the crowds. While these equine athletes failed to shine on the racecourse, they have all been successfully retrained to compete at the highest level on the polo field and, with their riders, will demonstrate some of the skills they have acquired.

One of the more original displays of the adaptability of the thoroughbred will be the demonstration  of classical dressage by Yves Bienaimé  and his horse ALMIY R .  Yves Bienaimé  is a celebrated figure  in Chantilly, as founder of the Museum of the Horse in the historical Grands Ecuries, where Almiyr now lives, and he is renowned  for his skill at this discipline. Almyir, formerly under the care of Alain de Royer-Dupre for his owner-breeder, HH The  Aga-Khan,  is a handsome grey whose physical attributes have allowed him to be retrained  by a master into a novel discipline  for an ex-racehorse. Spectators will be treated to a display  of elegance and harmony.

The programme will also feature  a Parade of Champions,  headed by the ever-popular CIRRUS  DES AIGLES .  Retired from racing in the spring of 2016 after a long and glorious career, which included seven Group  1 races, Cirrus  des Aigles splits his time  between the stables of his former trainer, Corinne Barande Barbe, and his former jockey Christophe Soumillon. Alain de Royer-Dupré,  one of the most celebrated figures of the French flat will parade his faithful  hack, HILLBILLY, a useful performer  over jumps who was bred by none other than Champion  NH trainer, Guillaume Macaire. While under the care of the Royan-based Macaire, racing in the famous colours of Magalen Bryant, he won eight of his 41 races. Now he keeps a watchful  eye over the Royer-Dupré string, which includes many of HH The Aga Khan’s Chantilly-based  racehorses.

Au-Delà  des Pistes organises Retrained Racehorse Days as a means  to raise awareness among racing fans and professionals alike of the adaptability of thoroughbreds to be retrained into second careers.

Au-Delà   des Pistes will also have an information  stand for racegoers to visit to learn more about the charity and to meet the team.

For more information, please visit the website: www.audeladespistes.fr