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France holds first re-trained racehorse day

Cirrus des Aigles with Charlie SoumillonThe inaugural Journée de la Reconversion des Chevaux de Course (The Retrained Racehorse Day), organised in partnership with France Galop, was held on Saturday 27th August, 2016, at Deauville-La Touques racecourse. The showcase was the first major event for the recently formed association Au-Dela Des Pistes, which aims to promote the retraining of retired racehorses for second careers.
 
Between the eight races on the card, spectators were treated to demonstrations of ex-racehorses now performing at amateur or professional level in such diverse disciplines as dressage, show jumping, eventing, polo or horse ball. Gr1 Prix du Cadran hero Kasbah Bliss, who has been turned into a successful dressage performer, was among the highlights.
 
Emotions ran high during the Champions Parade, which allowed industry professionals and racegoers alike to catch up with a particularly select group of former elite racehorses including African Story, Remember Rose, Papineau, Cirrus des Aigles, Prince Bishop, Kasbah Bliss, Saratan and Pearl Flute who between them won 48 Group races including 17 Group 1’s for cumulative prize money of EUR 22,929,976!
 

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