The glittering stars who lit up Criquette Head-Maarek's long and dazzling career
With 60 Group 1 wins in France and four triumphs in Newmarket’s 1,000 Guineas among her CV highlights, there are no shortage of options when it comes to picking out a handful of Criquette Head-Maarek's best horses. Here's a heavenly seven among a galaxy of stars . . .
Did not win a race until he was four but went on to prove a top-class sprinter. He landed the July Cup at Newmarket and Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville, only to be denied a Group 1 hat-trick when caught close home by stablemate Kistena in the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp.
Top French middle-distance three-year-old colt of 1986, breaking the track record when winning the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly and fared best of the home team when second to Dancing Brave in a vintage Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on his final start.
Unusually for a Classic winner, the filly who took the 1,000 Guineas in 1992 stayed in training for two more seasons, and she rewarded that enterprise with victories in the Champion Stakes and Beverly D Stakes, among others, and a second in the Breeders' Cup Turf.
The champion two-year-old filly of 1982, when she won the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket, she confirmed her class with success at three in the 1,000 Guineas and the Prix de la Foret.
Another top-class Cheveley Park Stakes winner who passed the post second in the 1,000 Guineas and Prix d'Essai des Pouliches at three, only to be awarded each race by the stewards.
Won the Prix d'Essai des Pouliches in 1979 and gave the trainer her first success in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, when she won going away by three lengths at Longchamp.
Won the Prix de Diane and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe as a three-year-old in 2013 and bounced back from defeat in her prep run to score a repeat victory in the Arc in 2014.
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