Cirrus Des Aigles and Solow star as charity showcases retraining of racehorses
Deauville racecourse played host to the fourth annual Au Dela Des Pistes charity day on Saturday, with some of France's best-loved retired heroes joining the parade of champions and a bumper holiday crowd treated to demonstrations by a variety of retrained thoroughbreds.
ADDP or "Beyond the Tracks" has two superstar mascots in Cirrus Des Aigles and Solow, both multiple Group 1 winners and firm favourites with the crowds that remember their exploits at home and abroad.
Joining them in the parade for the first time was the recently retired Signs Of Blessing, who enjoyed his finest hour at Deauville in the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest and a fine ambassador for trainer Francois Rohaut through seven years of racing.
The son of Invincible Spirit has now joined Eugenie and Robert Danloux in Normandy and is to be retrained in dressage.
Also on show were triple Maurice de Gheest winner Marchand D'Or, Dubai World Cup winners Prince Bishop and African Story, as well as dual purpose champion Kasbah Bliss.
As well as the parade the public were invited to sign up for guided visits to see the former champions in the stables, while in between races there were demonstrations of a variety of equestrian disciplines featuring retrained thoroughbreds, inclusing dressage and horse ball.
For the freshest betting advice, based on latest going and market conditions, don't miss the Live Tipster every afternoon. Just click Raceday Live at racingpost.com or the mobile app