Criquette Head-Maarek 
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There was no fairytale ending to Criquette Head-Maarek’s glittering training career as her final runners before retirement finished unplaced at Chantilly.

The popular trainer announced last month that she was calling time on a highly successful career that lasted over 40 years and brought the curtain down by saddling two runners at her local track.

Damanda’s Dream was the first Head-Maarek representative but after making most of the running, she finished last.

Monsieur Enzo was the trainer’s final runner in the concluding race of the day but after encountering traffic problems, he had to make do with an honourable fourth.

Head-Maarek told At The Races: “He (Monsieur Enzo) had a very bad race, but what can you do. That’s racing.”
Asked if she had a message for her supporters, she added: “Thank you. Thank you for what you’ve done for racing because without our fans we wouldn’t be here.

“I’ve had fantastic years of training. I can’t complain and I won’t complain.”