Freddy Head enjoyed a hugely successful career as a jockey in France, riding for 34 years up until his retirement from the saddle in 1997. He amassed almost 3,000 winners during his career and was champion jockey in France on six occasions.
Among his numerous big-race successes as a jockey were 28 French Classics and three British Classics, while he won France’s premier race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, four times.
The best horse Head rode was the great filly Miesque, winner of the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in 1987 and twice successful in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
In 1997, Head began training and has enjoyed a great deal of success. He saddled the flying grey sprinter Marchand d’Or to win five times at Group 1 level, while he has also enjoyed success at the top level with Tamayuz and Naqoos.
Then came the dazzling Goldikova. The now retired mare, owned by the Wertheimer brothers, holds a European record of 14 Group/Grade 1 successes and won the Breeders’ Cup Mile three times (2008, 2009 & 2010).
Another stable star was Moonlight Cloud, who won six Group 1s in France, including three in a row in 2013 – the Prix Maurice de Gheest, the Prix Jacques Le Marois and the Prix de la Foret.
In 2014 he had Charm Spirit, who also won three Group 1s in a row – the Prix Jean Prat, the Prix du Moulin and the richest mile race in Europe on QIPCO British Champions Day, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes sponsored by QIPCO.
Solow was his star in 2015, the grey winning five Group 1s, including the Queen Anne, Sussex Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions Day.
The Head family is steeped in racing. Freddy’s grandfather Willie and father Alec were both successful trainers, as is his sister Criquette.