Criquette Head-Maarek celebrates her third victory in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Longchamp Racecourse

Criquette Head-Maarek, one of the great French trainers of the past 40 years and the most successful female flat trainer in the sport, is to end her career in March, reports from France indicate, although these are yet to be officially verified.

Best known for training the dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Treve, she is the daughter of former top trainer Alex Head and the sister of top jockey-turned trainer Freddy.

Maarek-Head became one of the first women to obtain a training licence in France in the late Seventies and within a short space of time had landed the 1979 Prix de Diane and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with the brilliant Three Troikas, who ended Derby winner Troy’s run of victories.

Other notable winners in a glittering career included: Cheveley Park and 1,000 Guineas winner Ma Biche, the outstanding Prix du Jockey Club winner Bering, Ravinella, who also won the Cheveley Park and 1,000 Guineas,  third 1,000 Guineas winner and Champion Stakes winner in Hatoof, July Cup winner Anabaa and Special Duty, who repeated the Newmarket double although her Guineas victory came in the Steward’s Room when Jacqueline Quest was disqualified.

You can read Course-Specialist’s 2013 interview with Criquette by clicking here.